Muscat Regatta 2014

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By Brett Hall

We had 4 of the 5 Muscat Wetas on the water at the 2014 Mustcat Regatta. All the Wetas sailed double handed both days.  The sea state was huge, with a large rolling swell on first day, with the occasional 6-8ft'er to contend with. 

The pictures don't do it justice as they only picked the shots when boats are visible on the crests and others were taken from the vantage of a flybridge 12ft above the mean sea level.  At sea level we regularly saw the lasers dissapear up to the first baton.  6 score keepers and helpers on committee boats were sea sick with a couple needing evacuation to land.

We learned how big waves mess up a start line when you only have 6 knots wind speed and those giants can shift you sideways 2 metres per gulp on the beat thru the start line.   The second day was a bit easier with a light chop and up to 12 knots.  Good time had by all, great close racing and fun times on the Weta!

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