New video demonstration of launching off a beach with small waves, check it out!
Glamour weather just added to the fizz at the NZ Wetafest held at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club over the weekend.
We arrived late Friday afternoon to a light sea breeze and quickly rigged and got out on the water for the rum race. Everyone was a little unsure of our course, except perhaps the local Phil Scherer who sails with his son Lawrence. But basically we made our way around the sand bank in the middle of Tauranga harbour with the sound of thuds to keep us company as everyone managed to smack into the sandbank at least once each, no sneaky cutting corners in Tauranga!
Three Wetas raced as part of the portsmouth fleet in the Wurstfest regatta from Lake Canyon Yacht Club last weekend. Two new additions to the fleet sailed on boat 373 and Texan Weta stalwarts Dave K and John Luzius aka 'superman' sailed 354 and 582. Check out the great photos from smug mug after the jump and for all the Texas CB gossip check out the Sailing Anarchy thread - http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=143438&page=8
Springtime in Northwest FL…
The second most popular drive to Destination in the state of Florida...
Charter boats available first come, first serve...
2012 Summer Rally - Gary Napier and family
WetaFest in just two weeks - 22nd to 24th of November
The NZ WetaFest will be at the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club and is kicking off in relaxed style with the TYPBC rum race on Friday afternoon. For Saturday a sailing orienteering race is scheduled. In teams of two or more sailors search the harbour for codes to prove that they have visited each landmark, so navigation and planning skills will come to the fore. For anyone who needs an extra hand, there are lots of Tauranga Yacht Club kids who are keen to join in. Then on Sunday there will be normal course racing set up by the club.
We have 15 entries so far, make sure you are a part of what promises to be a really fun and family friendly weekend. If nothing else this is a great chance to up your skills and confidence with coaching and support from Chris and Roger.
Weta at the Nowra River Festival
It was a beautiful day for the Nowra River Festival last weekend and 1000s of people showed up to check out the local offerings. Weta was viewed by many interested parties, all who looked at the boat and liked its simplicity and ease of stowage with very encouraging feed back from non sailors and sailors alike. Next year we will put a boat on the water as well as a static display.
Sunday Yachting Australia try sail day
On Sunday at the YA Try sailing day the Weta was the weapon of choice by all the kids and a lot of parents!
Two cool new videos from Josh who also did the West Coast Champs video. We went out this morning and buzzed the coastal classic fleet for a bit of fun. The Coastal Classic is a 130NM race up the coast from Auckland to Russell, that kicks off the summer sailing season in Auckland.
Stock photo - for regatta photos see www.photo-boat.com
As a relatively new Weta owner in a remote part of the country, I had been monitoring this year’s racing calendar hoping to find an event that I would be able to attend. Ben’s posting about the Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open, a little detective work with Google Maps and the rapidly approaching end to the sailing season in the Upper Midwest convinced me that it was now or never.
To All No Cal Weta Sailors,
The StFYC Fall Dinghy Regatta is this weekend. Who is going? Please register today at the link below.
Great video, worth a watch!
October 7th 2013
Chris Kitchen from Weta Marine in New Zealand was at first skeptical when Issac, his 12 year old super helm declared "we will go around the top mark, blast downwind, then when we turn round the bottom mark we will have dolphins on the bow", but sure enough there were four dolphins cruising off the bow of his Weta!
CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA. - The 5th annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta has been set for Feb. 6-9, 2014. With more than 100 boats competing, the 2013 event became the largest regatta in the history of Charlotte Harbor. The word is out.
Featuring nightly regatta dinner parties, 10 one-design classes and competitors from around the country racing on three race circles, the Charlotte Harbor Regatta has quickly grown into one of the most talked-about regattas in the nation. Find out why SAIL magazine designated Charlotte Harbor as "one of the top 10 greatest places to sail in the United States."
As we await the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, we have finally locked down the calendar for 3 key Weta events at Fort Walton Yacht Club. We've got a great set of events for US Weta's to come enjoy, and we're planning on even more fun in 2014.
WetaFest 2014: March 7 - 9 - Fort Walton Yacht Club
This is the second year we will have WetaFest, and our goal is 25 boats. As those who attended last year will tell you, spring means breeze at the club, cold drinks, and good times with some well structured racing for the Weta fleet. This year, we will be working harder on accommodations, securing another great set of sponsors, and capturing lessons learned (including the superfly superman leap perfected at last years' event by our friendly Texans). More details to follow as we lock down the NOR and event sponsors. We will work to have rentals available, and if last year was any indicator, you'll want to place deposits quickly.
Weta West Coast Champs 2013. Thanks to Richmond Yacht Club and Dave Berntsen for organizing an awesome regatta and Pierpont Performance Sailing for supplying the charter boats.
Read the news report: http://www.wetamarine.com/about/news/550-fun-fast-easy-in-san-francisco
The Weta West Coast Champs, held on the 21st and 22nd of September out of Richmond Yacht Club was good fun, with great race management by the women's Byte fleet (and some good AC related banter!) on a tricky tidal and shifty race course and with a great although sometimes distracting view of the America's Cup racing.
Five Wetas - 6 Wetas - are now signed up for the American Yacht Club's dinghy regatta on October 12-13. So now we have our own class. Two more and we get our own start!
17 teams competed in the 2nd 24hr Dianshan Lake Regatta organized by Shanghai Yacht Club in collaboration with Shanghai Boat and Yacht Club and several other organizations. Two courses were laid out, one for keelboats and one for dinghies.
Day 1 at the WWCC saw a patchy 10-17 knots with a small chop. Three races and some close battles throughout the fleet, but Chris pulled away in each race to record three firsts. The sun broke through the rain by the last race.
Check out what the boys have been up to!
If there is anyone in the Midwest still looking for a demo sail on a Weta I will have two of them out this Saturday on Gun Lake. It's about halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, MI. See Yahoo forum for more info http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Weta-Trimarans/conversations/topics/5660
Totally Dinghy Regatta Report
Sept 14-15 Richmond Yacht Club, CA
Typically a warm up regatta for the Weta West Coast Championships (to follow the next weekend), the Totally Dinghy was totally awesome this year. Saturday dawned with rare Southerly’s and foggy skies. (It was hard to believe that just a few miles up the bay, the second AC race was cancelled due to high winds).
September 16th 2013
Seven boats attended the Swedish Weta Championship that were sailied during two days on Lake Hjälmaren, at Hampetorp over August 31st and September 1st. The local sailing Club (Södra Hjälmarens Båtklubb) made a really good job and the course were of the AC type with a short reach from the start to the first mark, then a run and then a longer windward leg, a run to a gate and then a short reach back. We did one lap when the wind was weaker and two laps when the wind had picked up.
10th September 2013
The Hobie Fleet 32 of Virginia Beach, Virginia gracefully invited Weta Sailors to participate in the Labor Day Regatta. This regatta was comprised of 2 distance round trip races; the Hampton Roads Challenge on Saturday and the Chesapeake Challenge on Sunday.
Dave Berntsen giving ETNZ a run for their money on the downhill run!
Looks like the boys are having a great time in San Francisco, the atmosphere is electric and the Weta guys are training hard in anticipation of the Weta West Coast Champs, to be held at Richmond Yacht Club in two weeks.
I am the only Weta in the mid-Hudson valley, and the only dinghy of any kind that races in my club. So the fleet captain translated my Portsmouth handicap to the PHRF equivalent (141, same as a J30) and put me in the keelboat spinnaker fleet.
Weta gives BeachCats a Run for their Money (Literally)
5th September 2013
The local Weta had the best hand in the First Annual Hobie Fleet 32 Poker Run, a Straight. The Hobie Fleet 32 of Virginia Beach, Virginia gracefully invited other multihulls to participate on this fun event.
Check out the latest cover of Sailing World
That's Chris Kitchen sailing on the 18ft skiff C-Tech with skipper Alex Vallings and bow Joshua McCormack. The trio are going to San Francisco next month to compete in the Mark Foy Trophy and pit their skills against the best of the 18ft skiffs from the USA, not to mention providing the pre-show for the America's Cup!
NZ Weta Fest Annouced
Following the success of last years Weta Summer Rally pictured above, we will be kicking off the summer with a fun family weekend at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat club.
Old boat, new boat
Wine and Roses in SoCal
The weekend of August 17 & 18 four Wetas traveled to sunny Santa Barbara for the annual Wine & Roses regatta. Along with 35 beach cats, Dean Daniels from San Francisco, Brian Grover of Encinitas (near San Diego) Paul Martson and Bob Shirley from Ventura enjoyed good weather, comradery, hospitality and competition.
Weta Fun at Ithaca
Clare and Liz having fun on the Weta, conditions were perfect: sunny, with wind around 15knts on Saturday and 5-10knts on Sunday.
How's your French?
An awesome video of the 2013 French Nationals - stay tuned for a report in English
Hello my Esteem Weta Sailors, check out some great Chesapeake Bay racing for Weta Sailors on Labor Day Weekend.
Don't try this at home - It's all fun until someone gets beached as bro!
Ithaca NY Rendezvous
I know this is short notice, but you are invited to come and sail on Cayuga Lake at Ithaca, NY on Aug 10th & 11th. The plan is for informal racing both days, with a picnic at Taughannock Falls state park on Saturday. We are going to have some Corsair trimarans and maybe a beech cat or two as well as Wetas.
Blasting on the Attersee!
Loose tiller foam strikes again!
Weta Wake Surfing!
Looks like the boys and girls at Pierpont Performance Sailing had a bit of fun in the weekend! Check out the full story here: http://www.pierpontperformancesailing.com/cal-sailing-club-weekend/
Awesome West Coast Champs lined up
The 2013 West Coast Champs promises good sailors, good fun and tall tales over a few drinks at Richmond Yacht Club, San Francisco Bay this September 21st and 22nd.
Ever had such a good weekend away that it spoiled you for going back to work on Monday? You know, how when you get to work and say to yourself, “man, do I have to go to work now?” and then declare, “I need to have more weekends like that!”
High Sierra - a Pierpont Performance perspective
The High Sierra Regatta delivered Weta sailing at its finest this year with plenty of sun, flat water, and ideal wind. The 11-boat Weta fleet raced on the second weekend of the regatta along with PHRF boats, Viper 640s, Open 5.70s, Ultimate 20s, Thistles, Victories, and San Juans.
Weta Summer Solstice on Tomales Bay.
Just thirty miles north of San Francisco’s 7 million residents lays one of the most pristine marine estuaries known as Tomales Bay. Tomales Bay is well known for Oyster farming and is a major industry on the bay. Producers retail oysters to the public and have picnic grounds on the east shore of the Bay. Hillsides east of Tomales Bay are grazed by cows belonging to local dairies. At the south end of the Bay is the Inverness Yacht Club, a perfect base to explore the beautiful surroundings and try out the famous food!
Summer Solistice in Ventura
Looks like they had a great time on their Weta's in Ventura last weekend!
Colin Checks out Sauna Sail
The 2013 Latrobe City Sauna Sail was held on the long Weekend in June (8,9 & 10) at Latrobe Valley Yacht Club, Hazelwood Pondage.
Meet the Pierpont Girls!
Marianne and Ginger, Wetas #738 and #739.
24 hours on Weta!
From salty old sea dogs to keen beans 30 sailors spread across 5 Wetas braved the windy and cold conditions for 24 hours of Weta sailing this past weekend! On the estuary near Lorient, good food and good music kept them going through the night, check out the photos!
We have just made a new step by step guide of how to right your Weta after Capsize, this way my second ever capsize, the first was 10 minutes before! Cheers, Miranda
Blasting in Ottawa!
photo credit: Kara Leslie Johnson
Last weekend the Ottawa Skiff & Cat Grand Prix was held at Nepean Sailing Club (www.nsc.ca) on Lac Deschenes, a wide spot on the Ottawa River. I'm the only Weta sailor at the club, only having purchased my boat this spring.