Life's Better - Weta News - October 2018:  Videos | Events |Tips, bits, tricks and tests
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Wetas for Sale (click image for more info)

Weta Trimaran 2013. Hull/Sail number 925 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. $13000 or near offer. Always garaged. Hawkesbury Area, NSW.  More here

Weta trimaran 
Weta trimaran in excellent condition, 3x jibs, 3 mains and spinnaker, on trolley.
No road trailer, Kalkie QLD 4670
More here

Weta 764  $13,500

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

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

Upcoming Events

2018 Pan Pacific Masters Games
9-11 November 2018
Paradise Point SC, 25 Esplanade, Paradise Point QLD 4216

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.

More events here

Cheap Ass Padding

If you value your assets, you’ll need to put some padding under the trampoline on the edge of the tramp frame. You can get firm closed cell foam from speciality foam suppliers but you can get packs of interlocking foam floor tiles at Bunnings (and others) for only $12 in a variety of colours. Cut off the interlocking edges and cut into 3 strips wide enough to cover the edge of the tramp frame. Fix with cable ties so it can be replaced when compressed. More here

Catch the Drift

The Drift Ghost X has been released which, like the Drift Stealth it replaces, is small and light but the Ghost X has a battery life of 5 hours, wider angle lens (140 deg), a better sensor and wi-fi support. It costs $179 fin Australia. More here

Hot Skiff Suit

A thin 3mm surfing/skiff suit may be OK for warm days in light to medium winds but just a bit cool for winter sailing - especially in a Weta with sea temperatures in NSW of only 17 deg!
However, if you don't like the restriction of movement of full wetsuit, take a look at a "warm" skiff suit which provides additional insulation around the body core with a mixture of "thermo" and "metalite" layers - especially the front of the suit which is most affected by wind/water chill. Zhik have the Superwarm, Gill the Firecell and others claim thermal layers. The Gill and Zhik both have the benefit of a relief zipper which saves trying to fight your way out of the suit when you need to go! Best deal in Australia at Monkeyfist Marine with free shipping. Purple Marine in the UK have good pricing and reasonable shipping to Australia if you don't mind a wait.

Tip: Chocks Away!
Why you shouldn't chock your Weta.

The Weta is balanced on the trolley but this leaves a considerable gap between the rear support and the stern of the main hull. This isn’t a problem if you’re only trailing the boat short distances but it can become a problem over longer distances because of all the unsupported weight at the stern. This puts stress on the soft aluminium of the trolley frame  - especially you have additional heavy gear inside the cockpit of the boat.

The strain has been known to break or bend the aluminium arms of the trolley just behind the axle – particularly if you remove the wheels or put the trolley on chocks so that the trolley is sitting on the axle without any support for the rear "moosehead". It also applies to Combi trailers which leave the trolley wheels unsupported.

If you are travelling long distance, unless you have a bracket to support the back of the boat, it's better to have a flat-bed trailer with ramps, leave the trolley wheels on to provide cushioning and only put sails in the boat. Solutions here

Tip: Enterprising Tramp Lacing

It's much more convenient to pad the tramp edge and lace up the tramps if you insert the amas in the hull in the "Star Trek" position after threading the tramp sleeve onto the rear ama arm. Pad the tramp edge with foam and then tighten the lacing using a ladder stitch as shown in the Weta Manual.

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 Challenge 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. Our submission to Australian Sailing to have the default yardstick as the pin head with honeycomb core hull is still ongoing within the technical committee.

Meanwhile Ian Richardson has gone into hospital for a major operation - he has an incentive for a speedy recovery because his new bright orange foam-core Weta will be delivered while he's there.

Membership renewals are now due - To join or renew use instructions below or contact Hamish for alternatives. If you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to claim your free AWCA water bottle/ halyard holder

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.

Free AWCA Halyard Holder/Bottle Holder for new members worth  $20 (while stock lasts).

Hamish Urquhart, AWCA Secretary

Class Association documents can be found here.
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