Video from our Swarm to Motuihe.
By Myk Ryan
Torbay to Arkles Bay with the Weta crowd - awesome day, perfect weather, great people and thanks especially to Anita for letting me go on valentines day. What a top lady!
By Knox Rodgers
11 Wetas race at Charlotte Harbor Regatta (S.W. Florida). Three days of racing in near- ideal conditions produced a leaderboard tightly packed at the top.
By Jim Vincent
For those of you that might be interested in making your own spray guards, I built a few sets over the past few weeks. *Updated 23/02/15
A short video of people experiencing the Weta smile :)
By Roger Kitchen
On Saturday 8 Weta crews left Eastern Beach for the beckoning beaches of our Hauraki jewel, Motuihe Island.
By Stephanie De Lair
Tradewinds Regatta, Islamorada, Florida, January 16-19, 2015.
By Paul White
Four Wetas in various states of Christmas decoration made it for the PBSC Three Islands Race(*) yesterday (* Island content of race may be fewer than advertised!).
By Paul White
Five Wetas arrived on a warm but windless Saturday morning but by the time all the boats were heading out, following the 40ft trimaran start boat to the start area, a light North Easterly had set in.
By Roger Kitchen
NZ WetaFest was a ripper!
Last weekend Weta owners gathered at the Tauranga YPBC for an action packed weekend.The wind was perfect for the Friday coaching blowing out the cobwebs with a 25 knot westerly.
Stephanie and Tom rafting the Wetas!
By Geoff Durham
I bought Weta#225 second-hand in march 2010 as a fairly novice sailor without having ever sailed a Weta but having seen videos on the internet. The fun I have had from it since then has far surpassed my expectations (which were based on limited experience with monohull dinghies) and I enjoy it so much I go out whenever I can all year round.
La régate de l'Espoir à Joué Lès Tours. Présence de 12 Weta. Conférence avec Yannick Bestaven.
Stephanie is at it again! This was a cold ride but as a brand new Weta owner, she is determined to hone her skills. Her friend and mentor, Tom, is helping her out.
Carrie sails the Weta!
Video courtesy of Tom Kirkman.
Geoff W in race 5 at Canberra titles day 2. Australia.
Weta in action at the Jervis Bay Regatta in Australia.
Photos courtesy of Donna Fortier.
By Bruce Fleming
It’s a West Coast Wetas tradition that the victor writes the post-regatta summary, so I’m here to put some words down before memory starts to fade. Brace yourself! This is a long post.
Stunning photos from the French Nationals 2014!
Photos courtesy of Eric Dounon.
By Allan Geddes (Event Organiser)
Well the first Young Challengers Cup has been and gone and what a success it was. The teams arrived on Friday night full of enthusiasm and were all rearing to go. The event started with a welcome from Paddy then a briefing of the event from Allan. The first point scoring activity started on the first night as well with an observation test which was won by FBYC Boys getting 10 from 10 questions correct.
By Scott Murray
Here is a short video from an off shore trip I made the other day. Did an 8 mile beat up the coast and a broad reach jibe run back. Special day on the Weta!
by Miranda Powrie
We couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the Young Challenger's Cup training day, with spring sunshine and a light South Easterly. Four teams from Wakatere, Maraetai and French Bay showed up at Lake Pupuke yesterday to get familar with the Weta and have some coaching. Big thank you to Myk Ryan who generously gave up his time to help out with his Weta and took the photos!
There are now 7 boats signed up for the RYC Multihull Invitational/unofficial Weta Nationals. Is this a problem? Of course not! In the land of surfer dudes, the Summer of Love, and the great City by the Bay, we’re just a bit laid back.
But, we’re running out of time. 30 days or less now! All Weta Sailors, North Americans and others: stop what you’re doing now, and click the link to register. REGISTER HERE: http://richmondyc.org/Calendar/Event/13823~623283~1/Multi-Hull-Regatta
Not yet inspired? Here’s some of the fun to look forward to:
Jon Britt, Dick Hitchcock and some excited new Weta owners unloaded the first container of 2015 Weta, including Weta#1000 in 100 degree heat in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday.
The container landed just in time for the new owners to do the Lake Norman Yacht Club CatFest Sep 6-7 which should give them a good chance to cool off on the water.
Scott Murray and his mate having a great time on the Weta in Hilo Bay.
It's not a Weta, but a fantastic looking trip for our South African dealer Danie, sailing a Smart Tri 40 that he designed himself. He is sailing from Cape Town down to the Seychelles.
In Danie's words: "We on the way sailing her from CT to Sey, had a lot of problems with rudders breaking, I stopped in Inhaca and flew to SA will fly back tomorrow with stronger rudders and finish the trip. At least she has been tested in terrible weather now, big waves, hit a whale..."
Get ready for the Auckland on Water Boat Show, held in the Viaduct from September 25th to 28th.
Check out the 2015 Weta
Enter our competition to win a Weta for a week of your choice.
Ask Roger about special deals on remaining 2014 stock
Tomales Bay, CA, August 30, 2014 Inverness YC
Racing along the waters of the San Andreas fault, the annual Hog Island Race spans the length of Tomales Bay, covering well over 20 miles of sun, scenery and warm shifting winds on a windward leeward course. Club racers invite their guests from around the bay area to participate in a mix of 110’s, Wabbits, Flying Scots, Flying Dutchmen, and this year, the flying Wetas.
Jonathan Weston, coming off his recent Weta West Coast Championship, took the start. As guest of Jim Saarman, also competing on one of the other two club Wetas entered, Weston knew little of the course or the waters. After nosediving into the shoal, Weston still managed to pluck himself out of the mud and build over a mile lead on the fleet in what he describes as “Hot Donut sign lit” conditions – flat water and 18-20 naut winds. Only one Hobie 20 was able to keep up with him until the wind calmed halfway up the course.
by Tom Kirkman
Lady friend with back injury. Loves sailing, has completed numerous offshore sailing courses and helmed 40 footers. But she loves the thrill of dingy racing but can't find a boat that suits her physical abilities. She has been with me on the Weta a few times but never in high winds. Yesterday the winds were about 12 to 18 and I suggested she sail it a bit by herself. I thought she'd stay out about an hour. I didn't see her again for more like 4 hours.
by Leif Goldkuhl
There was calm winds, there was gales, Western winds, easterly winds and southern winds. Bright sunshine and cloudburst. We experienced all of this and even some more stuff, during day one of the Weta championships. The second day was slightly less thrilling but nevertheless really exciting sailing.
But let us start from the beginning. This was the third year that we sailed a race in Hjälmaren Lake, we have been at Fiskeboda (2011) and at Hampetorp 2013 and 2014, where the organizing Club “Södra Hjälmarens Båtklubb” is located, a perfect spot, easily accessible from both the East and West Coast, and with special sailing conditions. If you are a coastal sailor a truly unique experience awaits you when you go to sea at Hjälmaren. The wind picks up instantly and in just a few minutes the small friendly waves changes to a rough choppy sea.
Just 8 Wetas made the trip up or down old Highway 101 to posh Santa Barbara, the historic wine-loving town on “California’s Riviera”, to sail in our West Coast Champs. We piggy-backed on the Santa Barbara Yacht Club’s annual Wine & Roses Regatta, a popular catamaran-only gathering, and thus contributed to a record 48 boats racing this year, some coming all the way from Arizona.
In the Weta fleet, Jonathan Weston came down from San Fran. Bruce Fleming and Brian Grover drove up from San Diego. Tim Corcoran, Dan Wilson, and Paul Marston, drove up from Los Angeles. Ben Teitelbaum came west from land-locked Fresno, and Bob Shirley enjoyed a short commute in from Ventura.
November 21st - 23rd
The NZ WetaFest, which was such a great sucess last year, has been confirmed for the fourth weekend of November at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat club.
The Weta is extremely easy to gybe, but there is a huge difference between gybing quickly and slowly in a race situation. This is a guide for how I gybe when racing. I hope it helps!
by Mamoru Aoki
The repair to the centrecase of my Weta (from hitting a rock) has been completed on August 3rd. Just in time for my daughter (9 years old) and I to enter the Fujisawa citizen’s open yacht race (open regatta).
Because there are only two Weta in Japan, we cannot have an independent Weta race. Therefore, Weta can only enter as a combination class race, but the rating in Japan has been adopted as it is PYS.
I got a top finish on line for a race that I entered in the past, so to take the top position on modified time or overall was very difficult. (Example: I finished 11th in the race → with modifications I was 69th of 72 boats entries).
There are just 10 more days before the West Coast Champs go down in the waters off Santa Barbara, the famed California Rivera, August 16 and 17. There’s still time to print and mail in your entry to the Wine & Roses Regatta! Find info and the form at wineandrosesregatta.com.
The Wine and Roses Regatta is actually a Hobie Cat regatta that has been going one for over 15 years. It is a charity regatta for the Make A Wish Foundation that includes raffles, a silent auction and other fun activities at the dinner Saturday night (which is included in the entry fee). 3 years ago the Hobie Cats started inviting the Wetas and we have been attending ever since. Since we have been attending, Weta sailors have scored some pretty good loot, i.e. John Rizo picked up a SUP at the silent auction 2 years ago. Last year all of the Weta sailors came away with something from tech shirts to nice jackets.
Amazing how hard to capsize upwind. Boat would just round up and sit back down. I'm about 250 lbs in wet dry suit. Puget Sound off Jetty Island, 8-10 knots of wind. One cool boat, my friends on the F -31r were amazed how hard it was.
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.