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!
Six boats from VIC, ACT and NSW attended the first New South Wales Weta regatta held at Jervis Bay Yacht Club. Wives, kids or helpful Weta dealers joined in for some races, so the focus was on up-skilling the fleet and having a bit of fun. Saturday was a warm and shifty offshore wind of about 10-18 knots with flat water, perfect Weta weather. Chris took out Glenn Marney’s kids Issac and younger brother Jack, who were stoked to win a race with Issac steering and Chris playing tactician. Chris was stoked that a kid who was a bit worried about even going out on the boat in the morning ended up steering with the gennaker blasting over the finish line in race 3.
Sunday was perfect Weta newbies weather, offshore (flat water) again with 1-4 knots building to 12-15 knots. Everyone got comfortable in the light winds and enjoyed a blast once the wind came in. Chris took out a local kid Sean from the club, who couldn't go out in his own boat. The highlight was Sean helming on a tight reach with the gennaker out while blasting past Spirals and Tasers!
Racing was very close between the 3 doubled handed crews, Leigh and Brian both took their wives with them and they both got right into the racing. Geoff a Weta newbie took out the Victorian dealer Colin who gave him some good tips to get him started and then on Sunday Geoff took his son out.
The racing was followed up on Saturday with something no Aussie regatta is complete without; a dinner at the local RSL (Returned Services League). It rounded out a great weekend, we will be sure to do it again soon, keep an eye out for the next one.
A big thank you to Jervis Bay Sailing Club and Glenn Marney from Weta NSW for putting on a top regatta!