Weta Sailing in Europe: France

June 2009

Fans of the small transportable Kiwi trimaran gathered on the June 20th and 21st in Lézardrieux for a weekend of Weta racing and
cruising. Benefitting from the passage in France of Chris Kitchen we had proposed a program combining the discovery of Trieu and the surroundings of Bréhat with coaching sessions and a regatta. The camp-site of Kermarquer was our base for the weekend which is situated on the edge of Trieux and profits from a pretty beach allowing easy launching of our light trimarans, whatever the hour of tide.

Six Weta had answered the invitation, coming from Belgium, the Sum and Brittany. The boats were quickly rigged on the beach under the expert eye of Chris, a short briefing held, and then we left with the end the flood tide - direction Loguivy-of-the-Sea taking care to negotiate  the bridge of Lézardrieux and to avoid (as much as possible…) many paving stones of Trieux. The agility and the lightness of Weta make wonder under these conditions, and it was a true treat to play with rise and the currents for a descent in smoothness.

We arrived at the mouth of Trieux, the small beach of Loguivy which offered us a welcome stop for the picnic. After having recovered some buoys lent for the occasion by the CNPL (Center Nautical Paimpol Loguivy of the sea), and recovering an impatient Weta which had decided not to await its skipper, we were ready for the first training session.
Meanwhile, the sun had returned, combined with a good 4 Beaufort: ideal conditions to have fu n in Weta, which did not escape any the crews. It thus took us a certain time to gather our troops, the coxswains having obviously chosen to make the school buissonière…

Like one does not joke with the important things, and that a good dinner awaited us the Inn of Trieux on the condition of being on time, we headed back – this time with the friendly challenge of who would pass the bridge first!

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