World Masters Games - Win Free Entry
The Weta is the multihull class for the World Masters Games regatta to be held on the NZ-designed Weta's home waters at Auckland, New Zealand in 21-30 April 2017.
Sailed with one or two crew, the regatta is guaranteed to be a fun event with a mixture of short and long distance races and a great location at Torbay sailing club near Auckland.
There's no qualification apart from being old enough - you don't even have to be an expert sailor to take part.
To win free entry into the regatta, all you have to do is go for a test sail in a Weta in 2016 - full details here.
Weta Australia Newsletter available now
This regular newsletter aims to give you the best of the Australian Weta news and to share tips, tricks and information that can make your Weta sailing more enjoyable.
In this issue: World Masters Games news | NSW Racing Calendar | NSW Racing Series | Weta Development Plans | Paralympic Evaluation | Weta Coaching | Test: Zhik Deckbeater Shorts | Tips: Pad Eye Bolt Replacement | App: WindAlert | Tech: RaceQs Pebble - Details here
Weta included in N. Queensland Games 2016
Tinaroo Sailing Club on Lake Tinaroo will host the 2016 North Queensland Games regatta which will include Wetas for the first time.
The event takes part over the weekend of 25th-26th July and entries must be made by 23 June online via the Tinaroo Sailing Club website here.
More information and NOR here
Queensland State Titles - Lake Coothraba, Easter Weekend 2016
Forming part of the Lake Coothraba Sailing Club annual Easter Regatta, the Weta Queensland State is open to all Wetas in QLD and, as it's near Noosa, it will make an ideal holiday destination for the NSW Wetas too. Lake Coothabra covers an area of 5000 hectares and is free of stingers and sharks! More info on the LCSC website here.
Get Weta at the "Beware the Bullets" regatta
Palm Beach Sailing Club is hosting the “Beware the Bullets*” regatta over the weekend of 21-22 November.
The multihull-friendly Palm Beach Sailing Club is very keen to see as many Wetas sailing as possible and we are hoping to improve on the five entries that we had last year.
It would be great to get some non-Sydney sailors on the start line – there are offers from local Weta sailors to have people stay at theirs to save on accommodation costs. There is also the possibility to “camp” at the clubhouse too. Please get in contact to explore any of these options.
There are also some B&Bs nearby and AirBNB has listings from $131/night.
There is free parking close to the launch ramp and boats can be left on the beach overnight.
Canberra Crew – would be great to see you there.
Gosford Crew – nice and close for you to get to!
Dennis – will you and your boat be in Sydney that weekend?
*The Bullets aren't gunshots! – it refers to the sudden gusts which can come over the hills surrounding Pittwater.
First race is 12.30pm Saturday - more information and the NOR can be found here.
Jervis Bay Regatta
Unlike the 2014 Regatta when it blew 25+ knots, the 10 Wetas that turned out for the 2015 Regatta were greeted with a wind that swirled around from every direction - making setting the course a nightmare and also leading to huge position changes as those who got the gust were able to capitalise on it.
Sunday had even less wind than Saturday, although at least it was coming from one direction, but it was very patchy and the expected Southerly never arrived.
The Canberra contingent took 2 of the top-3 places, as conditions were similar to lake sailing, but the winner was Peter Graham from Sydney who won on countback from Rohan Armstrong as he was over the line in the final race - they were only 2 points ahead of Andy Weis. In view of Peter's continued success, his nameless boat has been dubbed "Winalot".
Weta NSW Race Calendar for 2015-16
Starting with the Cock of the Harbour Marathon Race (COTH) on 20th October with a course right around Sydney Harbour. The COTH is a Bart's Bash Event organised by Woollahra Sailing Club (WSC) to raise funds for The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which introduces underprivileged young people to sailing worldwide.
After a successful program of events at Pittwater last year, for this season we have organised a Sydney Harbour Weta Championship (also with WSC) - starting on 27th September and then with monthly race days through to March.
The Wetas are one of the invited classes included in Sail Sydney from 19-20 December with at least 10 Wetas amongst the 300 small boats expected.
We haven’t completely abandoned racing at Pittwater as we’re taking part in the Beware the Bullets regatta on 11th Nov, organised by the excellent Palm Beach Sailing Club, and also the Peter Loft Marathon event organised by Bayview Yacht Racing Club - from a “Le Mans” start, a 20km marathon race from Bayview around Lion Island and back - three Wetas were in the top 5 last year - can we repeat the result?
Other events include the Jervis Bay Regatta on October 3-4 in the inviting waters of Jervis Bay. The ACT Multihull Regatta on Oct 31 - always a challenge with light to strong winds on the same day and, a new event for the Wetas, the Australia Day Regatta and marathon at Kurnell Catamaran Club.
MORE INFO ON THE WETA CALENDAR
Sydney Harbour Winter Warmer
An opportunity to join with the local fleet of Weta owners and sail on the iconic Sydney Harbour - one of the most stunning sailing venues in the world. Run by Woollahra Sailing Club at Rose Bay on 6-7th June.
Sydney Superyacht Get Weta
Sydney-based Superyacht, The Southern Cloud, took delivery of a new 2015 Weta 4.4 Trimaran recently. The Weta will provide the owners and guests the chance to enjoy fast, fun, easy sailing with the speed, safety and stability of the Weta trimaran - While the Superyacht takes guests on luxury cruises around the waters of Sydney Harbour, the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.
See the new Weta at the Sydney Sailboat Expo
See the new 2015 Weta and meet with "Mr. Weta", Roger Kitchen, at the Sydney Sailboat Expo from 18-19 April - the first small-boat sailing show in Sydney.
NZ Weta Swarm to Arkles Bay
Torbay to Arkles Bay with the Weta crowd - awesome day, perfect weather, great people and thanks especially to Anita for letting me go on valentines day. What a top lady!
US Everglades 300 Challenge 2015
Linda Wright's final prep for the Everglades 300 Challenge - a 300 mile adventure race from Tampa to Key Largo.
US RYC Midwinters 2015
For the third year in a row Jonathan Weston aka Hot Donutz wins the RYC Midwinters in a competitive four day series.