Rafting the Wetas

 

Stephanie and Tom rafting the Wetas!

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Weta Tips and Tricks From Geoff Durham

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By Geoff Durham

I bought Weta#225 second-hand in march 2010 as a fairly novice sailor without having ever sailed a Weta but having seen videos on the internet. The fun I have had from it since then has far surpassed my expectations (which were based on limited experience with monohull dinghies) and I enjoy it so much I go out whenever I can all year round.

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La Regate de l'Espoir 2014

La régate de l'Espoir à Joué Lès Tours. Présence de 12 Weta. Conférence avec Yannick Bestaven.

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Weta North Americans

Video from the Weta North Americans 2014. Missed the story? view it here.

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Wet and Wild Ride on a Weta

Stephanie is at it again! This was a cold ride but as a brand new Weta owner, she is determined to hone her skills. Her friend and mentor, Tom, is helping her out.

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Fun on the Weta

Carrie sails the Weta!

Video courtesy of Tom Kirkman.

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ACT Multihull Championships 2014

Geoff W in race 5 at Canberra titles day 2. Australia.

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Jervis Bay Regatta 2014

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Weta in action at the Jervis Bay Regatta in Australia.

Photos courtesy of Donna Fortier.

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Weta North Americans 2014

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By Bruce Fleming

It’s a West Coast Wetas tradition that the victor writes the post-regatta summary, so I’m here to put some words down before memory starts to fade. Brace yourself! This is a long post.

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French Nationals 2014

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Stunning photos from the French Nationals 2014!

Photos courtesy of Eric Dounon.

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French Bay Yacht Club Young Challenger's Cup

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By Allan Geddes (Event Organiser)

Well the first Young Challengers Cup has been and gone and what a success it was. The teams arrived on Friday night full of enthusiasm and were all rearing to go. The event started with a welcome from Paddy then a briefing of the event from Allan. The first point scoring activity started on the first night as well with an observation test which was won by FBYC Boys getting 10 from 10 questions correct.

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16NM super chilled cruise, Hilo Bay, Hawaii

By Scott Murray

Here is a short video from an off shore trip I made the other day. Did an 8 mile beat up the coast and a broad reach jibe run back. Special day on the Weta!

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Young Challenger's Cup training day

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by Miranda Powrie

We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the Young Challenger's Cup training day, with spring sunshine and a light South Easterly. Four teams from Wakatere, Maraetai and French Bay showed up at Lake Pupuke yesterday to get familar with the Weta and have some coaching. Big thank you to Myk Ryan who generously gave up his time to help out with his Weta and took the photos!

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RYC Multihull Invitational/Weta Nationals

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There are now 7 boats signed up for the RYC Multihull Invitational/unofficial Weta Nationals. Is this a problem? Of course not! In the land of surfer dudes, the Summer of Love, and the great City by the Bay, we’re just a bit laid back.

But, we’re running out of time.  30 days or less now!  All Weta Sailors, North Americans and others: stop what you’re doing now, and click the link to register. REGISTER HERE: http://richmondyc.org/Calendar/Event/13823~623283~1/Multi-Hull-Regatta

Not yet inspired?  Here’s some of the fun to look forward to:

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Weta #1000 arrives in the USA!

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Jon Britt, Dick Hitchcock and some excited new Weta owners unloaded the first container of 2015 Weta, including Weta#1000 in 100 degree heat in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday.

The container landed just in time for the new owners to do the Lake Norman Yacht Club CatFest Sep 6-7 which should give them a good chance to cool off on the water.

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Getting the perfect shot in Hilo Bay, Hawaii

 

Scott Murray and his mate having a great time on the Weta in Hilo Bay.

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Danie's having a whale of time

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It's not a Weta, but a fantastic looking trip for our South African dealer Danie, sailing a Smart Tri 40 that he designed himself. He is sailing from Cape Town down to the Seychelles.

In Danie's words: "We on the way sailing her from CT to Sey, had a lot of problems with rudders breaking, I stopped in Inhaca and flew to SA will fly back tomorrow with stronger rudders and finish the trip. At least she has been tested in terrible weather now, big waves, hit a whale..."

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2014 Auckland on Water Boat Show

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Get ready for the Auckland on Water Boat Show, held in the Viaduct from September 25th to 28th.

Check out the 2015 Weta

Enter our competition to win a Weta for a week of your choice.

Ask Roger about special deals on remaining 2014 stock

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Weta takes line honors at legendary Hog Island Race

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Racing along the waters of the San Andreas fault, the annual Hog Island Race spans the length of Tomales Bay, covering well over 20 miles of sun, scenery and warm shifting winds on a windward leeward course. Club racers invite their guests from around the bay area to participate in a mix of 110’s, Wabbits, Flying Scots, Flying Dutchmen, and this year, the flying Wetas.

Jonathan Weston, coming off his recent Weta West Coast Championship, took the start. As guest of Jim Saarman, also competing on one of the other two club Wetas entered, Weston knew little of the course or the waters. After nosediving into the shoal, Weston still managed to pluck himself out of the mud and build over a mile lead on the fleet in what he describes as “Hot Donut sign lit” conditions – flat water and 18-20 naut winds. Only one Hobie 20 was able to keep up with him until the wind calmed halfway up the course.

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Blasting in North Carolina

 

by Tom Kirkman

Lady friend with back injury. Loves sailing, has completed numerous offshore sailing courses and helmed 40 footers. But she loves the thrill of dingy racing but can't find a boat that suits her physical abilities. She has been with me on the Weta a few times but never in high winds. Yesterday the winds were about 12 to 18 and I suggested she sail it a bit by herself. I thought she'd stay out about an hour. I didn't see her again for more like 4 hours.

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2014 Swedish National Champs

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by Leif Goldkuhl

There was calm winds, there was gales, Western winds, easterly winds and southern winds. Bright sunshine and cloudburst. We experienced all of this and even some more stuff, during day one of the Weta championships. The second day was slightly less thrilling but nevertheless really exciting sailing.

But let us start from the beginning. This was the third year that we sailed a race in Hjälmaren Lake, we have been at Fiskeboda (2011) and at Hampetorp 2013 and 2014, where the organizing Club “Södra Hjälmarens Båtklubb” is located,  a perfect spot, easily accessible from both the East and West Coast, and with special sailing conditions. If you are a coastal sailor a truly unique experience awaits you when you go to sea at Hjälmaren. The wind picks up instantly and in just a few minutes the small friendly waves changes to a rough choppy sea.

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Wine & Roses 2014

 

Just 8 Wetas made the trip up or down old Highway 101 to posh Santa Barbara, the historic wine-loving town on “California’s Riviera”, to sail in our West Coast Champs. We piggy-backed on the Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s annual Wine & Roses Regatta, a popular catamaran-only gathering, and thus contributed to a record 48 boats racing this year, some coming all the way from Arizona.

In the Weta fleet, Jonathan Weston came down from San Fran. Bruce Fleming and Brian Grover drove up from San Diego. Tim Corcoran, Dan Wilson, and Paul Marston, drove up from Los Angeles. Ben Teitelbaum came west from land-locked Fresno, and Bob Shirley enjoyed a short commute in from Ventura.

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Save the date for NZ WetaFest

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November 21st - 23rd

The NZ WetaFest, which was such a great sucess last year, has been confirmed for the fourth weekend of November at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat club.

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How to gybe on the Weta Trimaran

 

 The Weta is extremely easy to gybe, but there is a huge difference between gybing quickly and slowly in a race situation. This is a guide for how I gybe when racing. I hope it helps!

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Young Challenger's Cup practice day

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Come along to Lake Pupuke on the 30th of August for a Young Challenger's Cup training day with Miranda Powrie.

WHEN: On Saturday the 30th of August.

WHERE: Lake Pupuke, Takapuna.

TIME: 10am till 4pm

COST: Free

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Adventures in Japan

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by Mamoru Aoki

The repair to the centrecase of my Weta (from hitting a rock) has been completed on August 3rd. Just in time for my daughter (9 years old) and I to enter the Fujisawa citizen’s open yacht race (open regatta).

Because there are only two Weta in Japan, we cannot have an independent Weta race. Therefore, Weta can only enter as a combination class race, but the rating in Japan has been adopted as it is PYS.

I got a top finish on line for a race that I entered in the past, so to take the top position on modified time or overall was very difficult. (Example: I finished 11th in the race → with modifications I was 69th of 72 boats entries).

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Come along to the Wine & Roses

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There are just 10 more days before the West Coast Champs go down in the waters off Santa Barbara, the famed California Rivera, August 16 and 17. There’s still time to print and mail in your entry to the Wine & Roses Regatta! Find info and the form at wineandrosesregatta.com.

The Wine and Roses Regatta is actually a Hobie Cat regatta that has been going one for over 15 years.  It is a charity regatta for the Make A Wish Foundation that includes raffles, a silent auction and other fun activities at the dinner Saturday night (which is included in the entry fee).  3 years ago the Hobie Cats started inviting the Wetas and we have been attending ever since.  Since we have been attending, Weta sailors have scored some pretty good loot, i.e. John Rizo picked up a SUP at the silent auction 2 years ago. Last year all of the Weta sailors came away with something from tech shirts to nice jackets.

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Not quite capsizing the Weta

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Amazing how hard to capsize upwind.   Boat would just round up and sit back down.   I'm about 250 lbs in wet dry suit.  Puget Sound off Jetty Island, 8-10 knots of wind.   One cool boat, my friends on the F -31r were amazed how hard it was.

Mike Wright
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Seattle

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A new owner shares his Weta experience

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From The Art Explorers blog

I may have been silent over the last few weeks, but I truly wanted to put my sailing foot where my mouth was.... so to speak. Few weeks ago, I finally decided it was time for me to act on my intense trimaran passion. As I was scouring the internet at night for trimaran news as I do daily (yes it is an addiction) I encountered a used ad for one of the smallest trimaran available on the market. The WETA.

But don't be fooled. That little thing has almost 20 m2 of sail total, in short, it is a sailing rocket. The plus, it is also very easy to sail in low winds, making it perfect in easy conditions to take my wife with me :)  (and my daughter, when she is old enough!)

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WetaFresh goes off

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The final results are in.  WetaFest Was a huge success.  We had two sailors from Cleveland, Ohio, one from Detroit, MI, four made the trip from the Chicago area and two locals from Grand Rapids.  Muskegon, Mi is my new favorite place to sail.  Free access to both Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake.  If one lake doesn't have wind, the other likely does.  Great sand beaches and a good restaurant right next the launch, and lots and lots of fresh water.

We left the event with many new friends and sailing partners (none of the Great Lakes wetas had ever sailed together before, except Michael Box and I). Weta excitement is in the air with a few of the Cat guys asking for a ride, although the weather didn't allow that to happen.  Plans are in the works for a number of demos yet this year with the goal of having a container of 6 sold for delivery in the spring.

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Weta Nationals 2014

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The Notice of Race for the US Weta Nationals has been released. You can check out all the info and register for the regatta on the Richmond Yacht Club website.

Roger Kitchen is going to visit on his way to the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis. He'll be doing an informal Q&A on Friday night about all things Weta, this is a great opportunity to hear all the stories from the founder of the Weta himself.

Chris and Phil from West Coast Sailing will come down, they can deliver parts and help out with rigging and tuning, contact West Coast Sailing to order parts and ask about charter boats. Charters will also be available from Pierpont Performance Sailing.

Schedule

Thursday 10/2 -- Golden Gate Dash: An informal long-distance adventure race all the way to the historic Golden Gate Bridge and back, beginning with a rabbit start in Richmond Harbor. Then it’s up through Raccoon Straits, taking in views of historic Angel Island and Tiburon. Venture into the rapid currents of the Golden Gate, where if the weather is nice, we will regroup and continue to the Marin Headlands. A second start will begin the downwind ride – through the slot between Angel Island and Alcatraz, jibing around the island to the finish at the mouth of Richmond Harbor. Support boat will be provided by Dave Berntsen. This is a hi-wind skilled sailors only event and will not count towards the Nationals trophy, but prizes will be provided for the cumulative results. Tie goes to the upwind winner!

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Going, going, saved!

 

 

Weta shenanigans at the 2014 Seabrook Summer Solistice

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WetaFresh this weekend

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From Tim Wieringa:

WetaFresh this weekend, set up Friday, sail Saturday and Sunday,

Latest Windfinder data:  Saturday 10 -16, Sunday 13 - 17

9 boats coming, everyone is from Cleveland, Chicago or Michigan.

It's gonna be great!

You can find out all the details and follow the regatta on the CRAM website

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No tiller sailing

 

No tiller sailing! A training exercise on the Weta, controlling the boat without using the helm. For more helpful videos visit our tips and tricks page

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Buzzelli 2014

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With 14 verbal entries and 4 confirmed Weta entries so far this years Buzzelli regatta is shaping up to be a good one!

The Buzzelli is run by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron from the 17th to 19th of October. In 2007, the Stiletto Nationals was reformatted to be open to all multihull sailboats and renamed after the late Bob Buzzelli, avid multihull and Stiletto sailor. The regatta has grown from a small fleet of Stilettos to a varied fleet on multiple courses.

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2014 French Nationals

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26 Weta trimarans (16 doubles and 10 solitary) participated in the French National Weta, which took place from 4 to 6 July at the Yacht Club de Carnac.

The first day three races were completed in 16 to 20 knots of wind. In the double handed, the crew of Laurent and Corinne Vidonne Schuchard, made it a heist by winning three the races of the day, closely followed by Vincent Duverney Pret-Didier Monrolin and then Arnaud Piot and Hippolyte Hericy of the youth School of Sport Yacht Club de Carnac.

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Out and about in the UK

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Pete Cailes and I had our two boats out at Weston SC on Saturday, in a very decent breeze.  Pete very kindly made the arrangements for me to visit, and even more kindly provided me with a very competent crew.  Many thanks, Pete.  I hope some of Weston’s members and their many visitors noticed the four of us in Wetas 125 and 338 having a really good time.

I previously sailed at Weston in about 1972 at a 505 open meeting but had not been back until last Saturday.  I guess that some of their members who sailed then, or a bit later, are still around and might now prefer to sail a boat which is still quick but not such hard work as a 505, and more forgiving.

My practice at launching in small and not quite so small waves is going very well, thanks to Miranda’s excellent video.  It’s still possible, in fact necessary, to learn about sailing even after more than 50 years.  The waves are only part of the problem, of course.  One also has to cope with a steeply shelving beach without disappearing beneath the waves.  Maybe that’s not quite such a problem in New Zealand.  

I hired a canoe in Paihia, Bay of Islands, in 1987 and introduced Julian, seen above, then aged 6, to small boats.  That was the nearest place I have been to paradise, bar none, and I have worked in more than 70 countries!  Hawaii was ok, but not as good.  Kelly Tarlton’s in Auckland was fun for all of us, and the food was amazing.   

To get in touch with other UK Weta owners please contact Simon Currey. There are regular meetings and a calendar of racing is being organised: http://www.wetamarine.com/wheretobuy/europe/uk

 

For dryer times when cruising on the Weta I have made what are effectively half size spray deflectors.  These are still under test.  So far, they seem to keep off much of the very heavy spray (not all, of course) and still allow boarding from forward even when fully in place.  The small photo shows these during manufacture on holiday at Studland beach last week.  I have also placed rope loops with short lengths of plastic tube beneath the forward beams as foot steps and these help a lot during launching.

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WetaFresh not far away

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Weta is gaining a foothold in the Great Lakes region.  There are now 7 boats confirmed for our first annual weta event.  WetaFresh will be held on the last weekend in July on the largest body of fresh water in the US.  The event is going to be held with and run by the Catamaran Racing Assoc. of Michigan.   They have a policy of allowing all first time sailors at their events to sail for free.  Camping in the parking lot at the beach is $20.  If you would like to join us, 10 boats seems like a admiral goal.  I have an extra boat here if some one wants to fly in.   I live 5 min. from GRR airport and would be happy to pick you up and bring you to the beach.  Can I make it any easier?  More info and list of registered boats here.   

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Ventura Summer Sailstice

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by Bruce Fleming

This Weta Weekend event was inspired by the need some of us had seen for a “clinic” to raise the abilities of some of our fellow Weta sailors. Ventura was chosen for idyllic weather and consistent winds in the low teens.  Mid-June had an open weekend, and by coincidence it worked out to be a great way to participate in the local phenom now known as Summer Sailstice.  The latter even was dreamed up by John Arndt, of the famous local sailing rag Latitude 38, as a way to encourage everyone who owns a sailboat to get out on the water to enjoy sailing. When there’s never enough time in the day to do everything you want or need to do, why not make an extra effort to go sailing on the longest day of the year?

We had a few new faces join us this year, including: Ann Marie Moore from San Francisco, Ben Teitelbaum from Fresno, and new Weta owner, Mike Wright, who flew in from Seattle to join returning sailors Tim Corcoran, Bruce Fleming, Brian Grover, and Bob Shirley.

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Weta to be part of World Masters Sailing Games

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Weta Marine is delighted to announce that the Weta has been chosen as one of the classes for the World Masters Games, to be held in New Zealand in 2017.

With more athletes than the Olympics, the World Masters Games is the single biggest multisport event on earth. Now in 2017, the event will come to Auckland New Zealand. The World Masters Games is for everyone – whether you play to stay fit, to have fun or quite simply to win. In 2017, 25,000 athletes will converge on Auckland for the event of a lifetime.

Sailing joins 27 other sports codes as one of 28 announced as an ‘Official Sport’ of World Masters Games 2017 and while the final sports programme is still to be finalised, sailing will offer racing in the Laser and Weta classes.

The Weta is a great fit for the World Masters Games. Experienced sailors will get plenty out of the boat and social sailors will have a great time without drama, even in windy conditions.

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French Bay announce exciting new regatta

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The Young Challenger's Cup is a youth focused sailing event where emerging sailors will have a chance to experience the speed and precision of high performance fleet racing in small multihulls. Yacht clubs from around NZ are invited to put forward a team of 4 sailors between the ages of 12 and 17 to battle with up to 15 other teams for the Young Challenger's Cup trophy.

Teams will be tested on their team work, yachting general knowledge, fitness, time keeping, rules knowledge as well as their ability to sail. This is not just a yachting regatta; it’s a 2 day adventure that will test all involved to the limit of their abilities.

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Weta Celebrates 1000 Boats

In 2004 Weta Marine responded to a gap in the market for a versatile dinghy and came up with a winner. The production of 1000 boats is a very strong endorsement of an outstanding trimaran concept that is the Weta.

The Weta has all the advantages of a monohull with manoeuvrability and storage as well as the benefits of a multihull with stability and performance.

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SFYC Multihull Regatta 2014

 

Looks like the guys had a great time in San Francisco this past weekend. Five boats attended the St Francis YC Multihull Regatta and were rewarded with great wind and fun sailing.

The US nationals will be held down the road at Richmond YC on October 4th and 5th. The West Coast sailors have organized an exciting program with a distance race, coaching and plenty of social events! By October the strong San Francisco sea breeze will have eased, so the regatta should be good fun for all levels of ability.

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Turnback Canyon 2014

Looks like the Texan's are having a great time sailing their Weta's as part of the Texas Centerboard Circuit. If you have a centerboard boat, and you want to race, the TCC is a great casual circuit. You get to go to different lakes and experience the hospitality of several yacht clubs across Texas.

Check out what they got up to at the Turnback Canyon Regatta

 

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Potomac River Spring Sailing

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Where can you sail where the backdrop is the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, Alexandria, VA, Washington National Airport, the Memorial Bridge, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Monument, and the Capitol? Yes, sailing on the Potomac River Sailing Association (PRSA) Spring Regatta out of the Washington Sailing Marina.

Although the U.S. Congress approval ratings are really low (13% last time I looked), sailing with the PRSA from the Washington Sailing Marina has 100% approval.

Four Wetas attended the Potomac River Sailing Association Spring Regatta that took place on this past Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 and 25, 2014). The regatta was comprised of 2 days of buoy races with windward-leeward, triangle and Olympic race courses. The first day conditions, although light, were fun; winds from 5 to 10 knots and sunny. We were able to get the Wetas planning a few times. The second day where light and shifty. A great day to learn how to read the ripples on the water.

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Monterey Double Handed

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Get on the boat, both of you, for the first Weta Doublehanded Nationals! Monterey Peninsula YC Doublehanded Nationals  July 5th and 6th! That's right! Use both your hands, and bring a crew as well, (required by law).

To replace our waterless Huntington Lake annual social gathering, I have created this fun regatta for people who are not that serious about racing, and for those who are to give their ego's a break. No scavenger hunts but you will find plenty of dolphins, whales, sea lions. otters, and perhaps even Ann Marie swimming by (she likes to take a dip during races and get picked up by Hobie sailors, who we will be joining here again for a great July 4th weekend party). Note that this will be the Doublehanded Nationals! Everyone must TWO UP, or three or four, but not one. A dozen Donuts do not count! Babies do not count! Sea Lions may count. (Making up the rules here as I go along).

Come for one day or come for all, just come on up or down for moderate winds, blue water, abundant sea life, and fireworks on the water. Heck, we may not even keep score. This will be a super fun family friendly event, or bring your worst enemy and by the end of the first day, you will be bff's!

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Duck Cup

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When is it?

Saturday, June 7th & Sunday, June 8th

Who is Welcome?

All Multihulls!!

What is the Course/Adventure?

2 distance races with both races starting and ending at Nor’Banks (competitors are welcome to just enter one day)
The Lighthouse Race from Nor’Banks to the Currituck Lighthouse and back to Nor’Banks on Saturday & The Bridge Race from Nor’Banks to the Wright Memorial Bridge and back to Nor’Banks on Sunday

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Girls gone Weta in the MidWest

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Teaching the next generation, or "the women of weta"

Took my three daughters out, 2 on one boat, me and the third on the other boat.  They are getting it, next time out they are going to try the screacher.

- Tim Wieringa

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Windy demo day in Auckland

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We had beautiful Autumn conditions for the Auckland Demo Day, Miranda, Geoff, Terry and Isabel, Myk, Bill and new owner Ben turned up to come for a sail along with an array of people interested in trying out the Weta.

The conditions were a little fresh, with gusty 25 to 30 knots on the lake, but the Weta's handled it well with only a couple of spills!

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French Nationals

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Dear Weta friends from all over the world,

This year again, we will be holding our National Weta Regatta from July 4 to 6 in Carnac - Brittany (http://www.yccarnac.com). The club is used to international guests and speaks English! 17 French boats have already registered, solo or double. We aim to be 30 Weta this year on the start line.

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