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!)
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
When is it?
Saturday, June 7th & Sunday, June 8th
Who is Welcome?
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
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
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!
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.
The Weta is Fun, Fast and Easy - this is the fun and fast part!
Weta Demo Day
Come along to Lake Pupuke this Saturday the 24th of May and try out the Weta with Miranda and Roger. We are taking bookings for people to come for a sail with Miranda, Roger will be on land to take people through rigging and boat set up.
Some of our owners are also coming down to join in the fun and go for a blast around the lake. The forecast looks good, nice and windy!
If you are keen to come for a sail please email email@example.com to book a time.
Last year's Weta training camp in Ventura was so much fun, we're gonna do it again! Join us for some great summer sailing in Ventura, California on the weekend of June 21-22. Spend Saturday with an on-the-water coach for some skill-building and camaraderie and a sail a few miles up or down the coast, and enjoy Sunday with three to five short, fun races. This event coincides with Summer Sailstice, so you can do both at the same time!
Photo: Last years Pacific NW regatta
So Terry (199) and I (745) got lots of time in drifting to light air conditions this past weekend at the Northwest Multihull Association Regatta in Port Townsend, Washington.
In drifting conditions with a favorable current, theoretically going upwind, I found I had a little more speed than Terry with the board 1/2 way up and me (220lbs) on the leeward net, as far forward as possible. Fairly comfortable position and at one point fell asleep as it maybe too comfortable in the warm sun. We abandoned the race after 3 hrs as we got as close as we were going to get to the launching beach, a kelp covered rocky beach that made retrieval not a lot of fun. I think our top speed according to Terry was 2 knots as we came back to the beach, maybe 1 of that was current. On the plus side, all boats seem to drift at the same speed, the Cantana 50 was near me most of the time and I was in front of a few 30 ft monos and one F-31R that had a bad start. Only Dragonfly the Formula 40 cat and Pax a F-32R finished the shortened course.
On Sunday we had 3-5 knots of wind for the first two races and current both favorable and against. With actual flow on the sails I found I was a little quicker than Terry with the board 1/2 up and sitting with my legs around the board in the main hull up by the mast. Terry commented that it really seemed to flatten the boat. I just concentrated on jib tell tales upwind (switched to woolies prior to the race) and keep the screecher full off the wind. Off the wind I raised the board a little higher. Jib halyard was fairly slack. I think top speed was around 3 knots, but I don't carry any instruments, though Terry has a speed puck on his boat.
In the afternoon, the wind filled in a little, maybe 6-8 knots, which after 6 hrs of light air felt like a lot. Boat came alive, I stayed forward upwind with the board still partially up, just sitting on the edge of the tramp. Off wind board further up and in sitting on the middle of the nets. Was fun to actually start to sail the boat. I think top speed Terry saw was 5.5-6 knots.
Fausto Cuccinella, an Italian owner, is starting on his voyage around Sicily this week, as soon as the wind picks up a bit. Laurent met him in Dusseldorf this year, after an email forwarded by Chris, and decided to support his initiative with some free gear and putting him in contact with some Italian nautical journalists.
The PRSA Spring Regatta will be held this weekend, come down and join Ben and Phil on their Weta's!
for those local: just come for a day if you can't make it for both.
for those distant: i've got room at my place if you need a place to crash.
PRSA will be throwing a great BBQ on saturday night. Please RSVP so they know how much food to prepare.
You can find the NOR here - http://potomacriversailing.org/nors-sis/prsa-spring-regatta/
Come and see us at the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show this Thursday through Sunday at the Ellerslie Show grounds. 30 sailing dinghies are on display from Dean Barker's P Class to the 18 ft skiff!
There are also fun hoisting games, including the North Sails and Harken hoisting race.
Come and get amongst it!
It's official, the Wetas are racing in the Midwest!
3 Wetas met at the Univ of Michigan sailing club for their Spring Fling Regatta. We joined 2 470s, 2 Albacores and a Laser for 6 races and an outstanding lunch. The course was a windward- leeward course with a long reach leg on the first lap. The winds could be best described as constant change. We had winds from 5 to gusts of 15+, with 3 or 4 shifts on every leg. The event was well run and MSC is a great and gracious group of people.
Conditions couldn’t have been better for the 2014 Hobie Kick-Off Regatta, held May 4-5 at Santa Cruz YC. This year the Hobie’s invited the Weta Fleet to participate, where it all came down to a photo finish in final race 6.
by Paul White
Three Wetas took part in the 20Km Peter Loft Marathon race yesterday from Bayview in Pittwater, around Lion Island and back. Very testing tight reaching conditions in the strong 20 knot gusts. The top 3 in our class were all foiling Moths. But there were a mix of cats and fast monohulls too - many of whom capsized while the Wetas stayed upright.
by Bob Gleason
The Multihull Source, Inc based in Wareham, Mass is putting on a Go Fast Seminar over the weekend of July 12 & 13
Concentrating on rigging and sailing skills, the format may be more like a clinic but if we get more knowledgeable sailors who want to hone their racing skills we can do that too. The main point is to make it fun and get owners and prospects alike interested in sailing Wetas more and practicing some racing maneuvers.
Things like man over board drills, heaving to, sailing backwards, start and stop are as important as sail trim and how to get the boat going fast. Learning your boat more to allow you to be in control, go faster and be more comfortable on the race course. The other areas to touch on are tactics and learning to read the wind and waves.
IT'S TIME. Here is your chance to:
1.) Be part of something new!
2.) Race your Weta in a one design event for the first time in the Great Lakes Region!
3.) Sail on one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world! (it should be thawed by then)
4.) Comfortably wear your wetsuit in July.
5.) Meet a bunch new friends!
6.) Sail from one of the nicest sandy beaches you will ever find.
7.) Check the current views of the venue here. Cam4 is the beach we will launch from.
Conroe Yacht Club held their second annual centerboard regatta last weekend and by all accounts did a great job! The Texas Centerboard Circuit gives centerboard racers who don't have active fleets a chance to race together under the Portsmouth handicap system. The three - four active Wetas in Texas reguarly get together and do the TCC. For more info you can check out the Sailing Anarchy thread and the TCC website
Paul, Geoff W and myself showed up on Saturday and had two races with speeds of 14.7 knots over ground, we were flying. Both races the lead changed constantly with practically a new leader on each leg of the course. And the finishes, well after over 16 km’s of course in race 1, up to Barrenjoey Head and back to Taylors Point around various marks along the way, and a 7 km course near Scotland Island in race 2 and 3, all three races were intense, and there would have been less than 60 metres between all three boats at the finish lines. Race 1, I think Geoff W was 1st followed by Paul then myself. Race 2 Geoff W, myself and Paul. Race 3 went to Geoff again , then myself and Paul. But it was that close I think we all won by having an unbelievably great days sailing.
Last year we had 5 boats, this year we have 4 so far with 1 from NSW. Brian Harrison and wife are coming up from NSW, 2 boats from Bundaberg an hour away from Hervey Bay and me.
The regatta is again being hosted by the Maryborough Sailing club, Hervey Bay and this is the 87th year of hosting this event and competitors will be coming from all over. We can expect some 60-70 entries across several mono classes.
Check out the stand for West Coast Sailing at Strictly Sail Pacific. They will be there with the Weta Thursday through Sunday at Jack London Square, Oakland, CA. George and the boys are passionate about all things dinghy sailing and will be on hand to answer your questions about the Weta and all their other boats. Come down and say hi!
After Mike Krantz and Knox Rodgers from Georgia chartered boats at WetaFest they were persuaded by the close racing and easy handling of the Weta to get off the fence and get into the Weta racing scene! They talked about it to a couple of friends and as a consequence we have had such strong interest that we have decided to drop a container in Atlanta, Georgia.
To support the new owners Weta Marine are going to put on a training camp with Randy Smyth at the Lake Lanier Sailing Club to help the fleet get up to speed! All Weta sailors are welcome to join in, watch this space for more details.
There are 6 boats still available from the 12 boat container, but they are going quickly so contact Jon Britt or Dick Hitchcock to book a spot!
Weta Marine are passionate about showing people what a great sport sailing is.
For the past two years we have organized Sailing Central at the Hutchwilco New Zealand boat show to encourage the wider boating public to check out sailing and hopefully give it a go. The next show is from May 15th to 18th and it promises to be a good one.
We were 12 women to take part in the All-woman Weta training in France last week-end. We chose a small lake in the center of France. The choice of the site was important as for our first training, we did not want to deal with tides, currents and rocks!
The club of Joué-Les-Tours welcomed us for two days of Weta Fun, Fast, Easy.
It’s official, Easter Race Day is Sunday 20/4/14. Everyone is welcome, as this is just a social race day, please be warned no prizes or trophy’s will be awarded and there is no entry fees. The aim is to get Weta racing happening in the Sydney area and have fun.
So if you’re new to sailing or just purchased a Weta, or even hopping to be on the next America’s cup yacht to represent Australia, don’t wait for the phone call just bring your Weta down and join in the fun.
October 4 & 5
Back at Wetafest in Florida a couple weeks ago, the word was passed around by Nationals Event Organizer, Jonathan Weston, and now it’s time to officially announce to the world our 2014 North American Weta Nationals. This should pan out to be a great long weekend of fun, adventure, and course racing on San Francisco on October 4th and 5th. Here’s the preliminary plan
The second annual Weta Fest has successfully wrapped up at Fort Walton Yacht Club, Florida.
This Weta Fest event has got great international traction in just its second year with numerous replica regattas being held throughout the world in each Weta community. The simple format involves all sailors including a coaching day, sprint races, long distance race and plenty of off-the-water social time to enjoy what the location has to offer. It's nothing new but is satisfies the demands of today's hectic timeshort lifestyle where you have to mix it up to maximise fun!
Sailors attended from all over the USA including California, Michigan, Texas and New York States, as well as Weta Marine representative Miranda Powrie from New Zealand. What was interesting in this event, given the cool light forecast, most of the fleet opted to sail single handed – the opposite to last year that saw sailors pairing up to manage the strong winds.
10 Wetas turned up a the coaching weekend and catch up in Canberra, Australia last weekend. However the wind didn't get the memo! Still we made the best of it, with some detailed rigging tips and discussions on the best way to rig the boat, a capsize drill which showed just how stable the boats are, paddle races and a couple of drift off races, a good chance to get the method for tacking and gybing sorted!
Saturday night we had a great dinner at the Canberra Labor Club and made some racing plans, watch this space for an update on racing in the greater Sydney area.
Sunday the fleet took advantage of the early morning breeze to get out for a cruise up the lake and do a spot of sightseeing.
This weekend the Canberra YMCA is hosting 10 Weta for a weekend of up skilling, racing and catching up.
I'm coming over from New Zealand to impart some Weta knowledge, and I've emailed the guys with some advance warning of what we are going to work on and even some homework! Check it out below
It's late summer in New Zealand, the weather is warm, the sailing is good and I'm leaving next week for a place that is experiencing quite a harsh winter... why?? Cos WetaFest is on! First up I'm traveling to Boston to do the last three days of the the New England boat show. I'm looking forward to meeting Bob and Ira from the Multihull Source and talking to Weta owners and prospective Weta owners. All New England and Tri-state owners I hope to see you there!
Then for the main event I get to participate in the 2nd annual WetaFest at Fort Walton Yacht Club. This promises to be a really fun regatta, with 19 entries listed and a few more promised it will be the biggest Weta fleet that I've ever raced in and I'm really looking forward to experiencing Weta racing as it was meant to be. As a long time laser sailor and a new convert to F18's and F16's catamarans the Weta is the perfect combination of the two. Fun, close, fast and tactical racing!
Geoff Durham, a keen Weta owner from Auckland, New Zealand talks about his last minute Weta cruise to Moturoa Island in the Hauraki Gulf last weekend.
Searching for a camping destination to sail to last week we settled on Motuora Island (6km east of Mahaurangi Harbour) and little did Lotte or I realise what a wonderful weekend our selected destination would provide!
We have a large hatch on our Weta which enabled us to carry a lot of gear - as you can see from the photo. We included my reconfigured canoe cart which I use for putting the boat on the beach without a trailer. It isn't easy in soft sand and steep beaches (of course!) but, if if the boat is lifted from the bow whilst the other person lifts/pushes from one of the rear float arms, good momentum can be achieved. Of course if there are a couple of Wetas with a total of more than 2 adults the boats can be easily lifted and moved.