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Report: Pan Pacific Masters Games ‘Wetas Being Masterful’ - By Keith Chidzey

Last weekend, took a little drive in the countryside from Sydney to Brisvegas for the Pan Pacific Masters Games. This turned out to be the launching and racing baptism for my new toy ‘Curglaff’.

After an 18 year absence from dinghy racing, anticipation was high – and didn’t the Goldy turn on a great event! Warm sunny weather – tick; friendly locals – tick; well-organized regatta – tick; sedate breezes (for the first time was good) – tick; good size fleet to learn off – not so tick (I was only interstate or international + not many locals); a huge fun time … most important – big tick.

For me, the chief aim was to have an intensive weekend of sailing to start to get used to a different boat and get my learning curve kick-started in a big way. Aim achieved is a really nice way!

The Racing

Day 1: 2 races; 5-15 knots SE with a tricky chop resultant from an adverse tidal run. Courses were a bit limited by the MANY sandbanks, which resulted in a priority being placed on boat speed and clear air from the start. Andres quickly showed he was the boat to beat with speed to burn, resulting in 2 bullets. Some very fun kite rides were had!

Day 2: 4 races; 3 – 10 knots SE. This was a tough day for me making some rookie errors, plus size does matter for a lardo like me in this stuff resulting in me watching everyone’s sterns disappear in the distance more than once. Andres nailed all 4 races with Don showing remarkable speed.

Day 3: 1 race; WIND! Finally! Up to 15 knots Se with flat water ... yeehaa! Some great blasts under sunny skies. Doesn’t get much better. I wanted more!

Bling was handed out to all and sundry for the various age divisions, with Andre easily overall first on yardstick, Don and I sharing second, Bill taking honourable mention – and hardly a cat to be seen up the list!

This regatta could be a great showpiece for Wetas, as many locals were impressed. 2020 it is back on – let’s put on a show next time with lots of boats!


Weta owner's Xmas List

If you or your loved ones are stuck for Christmas ideas, we have a tree full of tried and tested choices for you. From clothing to go-faster goodies to ways to pimp your Weta, follow the link to Santas Weta Grotto here.
For customisable Weta themed shirts, hats, bags, stickers, beer & wine coolers and more, go to the AWCA merchandise page here.

Upcoming Events

Queensland Weta State Championships
1-2 December 2018
Lake Cootharaba SC, 24 Boreen Parade, Boreen Point QLD 4565
Sydney Harbour Weta Challenge
12 - 13th Jan, 2019
Woollahra Sailing Club
Including the infamous Three Island Race.

Australia Day Regatta & Kurnell Catamaran Club Marathon
26th Jan 2019
Race around Botany Bay and the Georges River - get a jet blast as you pass the airport.

More events here

SQ Jumping the tracks

The built in luff curve of the new SQ sail and the new easy-adjustable batten tensioners, means there's more stress on foot of the sail at the luff and as a result the bolt rope can jump out of the mast track above the track feeder. 

To avoid this, you need to tension the tack strap around the mast to take the strain off the bolt rope.

Australia Weta Sailor Profile

We'd love to know who you are and how you got into Weta sailing. So send us a description and a selfie photo with your Weta including your most enjoyable sail to date. If you can't manage a written story, just use your camera on the phone to record your segment and email it to (Dropbox, Google Drive or Flickr available for large files). Raw footage is fine - we can edit for your approval.

Faye and Andrew Boyes in the thick of it at the start.

Optimum Time's Jumbo Timer just got better

The display is huge - 38mm in diameter. This makes the watch much easier to read and there is an option for massive digits (23mm high!) in the final 59 seconds of the countdown so no problems reading the time in the hectic final minute before the start. The sailing countdown can be programmed in 1, 3, or 5 minute increments, and then set to repeat or count up.  $152 at Binks Marine

Knot of the month

A new easy to tie stopper knot that won't slip when made with Dyneema. Animated instructions here

Chipping away

It's easy to chip the trailing edge of your foils. Previously you had to make your own reinforcement to strengthen the repair, Plastic Padding glassfibre filler comes reinforced with glass filaments. For smaller chips, I recommend epoxy filler such as Norfil

Waterproof Telltales

If you're fed up with the wool telltales sticking to the sail every time they get wet, try replacing them with the Rooster Sailing Teflon-Coated Telltales . And if you have trouble seeing them through the new grey mylar sails, try putting them either side of the clear window. They will soon be available from Rooster Australia for $10.

Wetas for Sale (click image for more info)

Weta 900  $13,500 neg

White Weta trimaran. 2015 Mylar sails with black Gennaker.
Includes as new Dunbier alloy trailer, dolly and ramps, heavy duty cover. Never raced and has had little use. Trailer has 10 months reg. Always stored undercover in carport. Moss Vale, NSW 2577
More here

Weta 764  $13,500

2012 model very good condition. White hull, Blue gennaker.  Comes with registered trailer. $13,500.00.
Bundaberg, QLD
More here

Weta 818, $12,900 ono

RACQ NQ Games winner. Comes with all standard rigging and sails, plus LR Sails monster 12 SqM mainsail worth $1200 for ultra performance. Also includes dolly with tow ball hitch for easy launch and retrieval. Trinity Park, QLD 4879 More here
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Weta 967, $14,500.00.
2014 model it in excellent condition.
Comes with custom road trailer. Call Dave. Ph 0447544202
More here

Weta Trimaran 925 $12,500 ono
2013 model. One owner since new. Yellow Hulls and Black Gennaker. Includes Dolly with Wheeleez beach wheels on a 2014 Boeing Galvanised trailer Reg. till Feb 2019. Good condition. or near offer. Always garaged. Hawkesbury Area, NSW.  More here

AWCA Traveller Series – Queensland & NSW 2018-19 season.

17-18 November 2018 Beware the Bullets, Palm Beach Sailing Club, NSW. Contact Geoff Waldon
24-25 Nov 2018 Kembla Klassic, Port Kembla Sailing Club, NSW
01-02 Dec Weta QLD State Titles. Lake Cootharaba SC. Contact Hamish for any advice regarding accommodation and camping.
12-13 Jan 2019 Sydney Harbour Weta Cha++)llenge at Woollahra Sailing Club. Contact Geoff Waldon.
26 Jan  Australia Day Marathon, Kurnell Catamaran Club, Botany Bay NSW. Contact Paul White
3 Feb Pulbah Island Marathon, Speers Point SC (Lake Macquarie), NSW. Contact Geoff Waldon
8-9 Feb ACT Multihull Championships, Canberra, ACT. Contact Geoff Waldon
9-10 Mar Bundaberg Sailing Club Regatta. Contact Glen Foley
30 Mar –1 Apr Maryborough Easter Regatta at Harvey Bay.
5 May Peter Loft Marathon, Bayview YRC, Pittwater, NSW Contact Paul White
19 May  Bargara Bash,  Bundaberg Sailing Club
25-26 May Tin Can Bay Cockroach Cup and Cooloola Cup (TBC)
8-9 Jun 2019 Wyvenhoe Winter Marathon. Book campsites early
27-28 Jul 2019 Humpybong Winter Bash
More events here

Australian Weta Class Association Report

President's Report
Hamish is still recuperating from his hip replacement and hopes to be fit to sail at The Queensland State Titles which will be decided without individual handicaps.

Membership renewals are now due - To join or renew use instructions below or contact Hamish for alternatives. 

How to renew or join AWCA
Register and renew your AWCA membership through the AWCA Revsport website using your AS Number. If you are registered with a sailing club you will have a AS Number. To check your number click here.

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