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.
Get a cup of tea it's Weta homework time! This is an excellent video of Chris rigging his Weta. Some great tips on how to rig quickly!
The fifth annual Charlotte harbor regatta was a great success. Luckily only two weta guys came down from New York this year so the rest of the places were still available for the local folks. Keith Rice (NY) ended up in first place with six wins. Richard Stephens (NY) was in second. Mike Mead from Pensacola took third, with five other locals filling out the rest of the fleet.
The king tide at Waiake beach didn't deter the nine keen Weta sailors who came out for some racing or some just for a blast from Torbay Sailing Club in Auckland on Sunday.
At 11am things did not look promising, but after a rigging and tuning session on the beach we went for a planned 1.30 start that had to be put back a little when the committee boat starting sinking! However the club volunteers rallied to get a start away from one of the ribs and by 2.30 we were racing in a beautiful strengthening sea breeze.
Weather Routing Inc. (WRI), is proud to be the Official Weather Provider for WetaFest!
WRI will be providing forecasts each day from 05 through 09 March, 2014. These forecasts will be available by visiting the link on the event's webpage, or by visiting this link. Weather maps and products specifically created for this event are also available at that link.
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.
WetaFest entries are open! You can check out the entries, NOR and enter yourself using this link https://www.nextsailor.com/app/page/regatta/17/entries
This promises to be an awesome regatta, with fantastic management and planning by Fort Walton Yacht Club and Cliff, an avid Fort Walton Weta sailor. In the words of John 'Superman' Luzius "This is gona be good"
This year we say goodbye to Dave Berntsen, who is giving up the Weta distributorship on the west coast to spend more time with his family. Dave is a fantastic representative for Weta and I will sorely miss his input and just having a good chat about all things Weta! However he is still going to race and sail, so there will be plenty of opportunity to catch up in a more relaxed way. Dave very kindly wrote us a few words about his time as the Weta distributor and his successor - West Coast Sailing
The future of Weta
Many thanks to all for their nice words on Weta Forum! I really enjoyed the five years with WetaWest, building the west coast fleet and establishing new relationships with a really cool and diverse group of people.
I'll be racing this spring - so don't think that I'm going to be giving any leeway at starts or mark rounding's! Yes this means you Jonathan!
New Zealand Weta Sailing News - for all the NZ Weta News check out the class association website - http://wetasailing.blogspot.co.nz/
Happy New Year from Roger, Chris and me. I hope you all had a great break and got to go sailing! We had a really busy time in the lead up to Christmas, we had so much interest that we sold out of boats, plus we had to manage without Roger who was doing the hard yards up at the factory. However the holidays went well, Roger got back from the factory in time for Christmas, with new boats on the way. Chris did an 18 foot skiff regatta in Auckland with several international crews participating, in howling winds and terrible seas, but apparently it was still fun for those crazy skiffys! I went to the family bach at Lake Rotoiti which was great apart from the fact that I didn't get to bring a Weta and my family was upset that they wouldn't get to spend some quality time with their favourite beach toy!
Weta will be at Boot Dusseldorf from the 18th to the 26th of January - come and see what the Weta is all about! Booth C30 in hall 17.
Weta Marine is pleased to annouce that we have a new West Coast distributor, West Coast Sailing from Portland, Oregan. Dave Berntsen, our former West Coast distributor, bowed out at the end of last year to spend more time with his growing family. He will be sorely missed, so we are really happy to find a new distributor who is as dedicated and enthusiastic about Weta as Dave and are excited to see what a full time company can do with the Weta on the West Coast.
Check out the Weta at the Stockholm Youth Festival. A four day festival for kids to come and find out about different fun sports and activities from parkour to sailing!
Fresh off the email!
Hello Sailors -
Just a quick update from FWYC regarding the upcoming Trimaran Nationals and WetaFest.
Preparations are underway to have great events, but we are having some website transition issues and I just wanted to get some information to you all really quickly:
The dates of the events are as follows:
WetaFest - March 8 & 9
Trimaran Nationals - March 21-23
I will be using nextsailor.com for on-line registration and NOR, but will update you as those are posted.
Please spread the word via forums and forwards until I get my technical issues resolved, and feel free to call or email with any questions.
Thanks for your patience,
(Incoming FWYC Fleet Captain)
by Richard Gladwell for sail-world.com
It seems a little hard to believe that it was three and half years ago that I first sailed the Weta, off Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore. That day in a 10-12kt sea breeze the Weta was put through her paces, sailing singlehanded.
It was a memorable sail – a few months after BMW Oracle Racing had won the America’s Cup sailing their 120ft wingsailed trimaran. Having seen the massive trimaran flying her mainhull with relative ease, the obvious objective was to see if the Weta would do the same. Despite several carefully angled runs, and with the Code Zero fully powered up, we never got close. But it was a great experience to be able to run three sails while sailing singlehanded.
New video demonstration of launching off a beach with small waves, check it out!
Glamour weather just added to the fizz at the NZ Wetafest held at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club over the weekend.
We arrived late Friday afternoon to a light sea breeze and quickly rigged and got out on the water for the rum race. Everyone was a little unsure of our course, except perhaps the local Phil Scherer who sails with his son Lawrence. But basically we made our way around the sand bank in the middle of Tauranga harbour with the sound of thuds to keep us company as everyone managed to smack into the sandbank at least once each, no sneaky cutting corners in Tauranga!
Three Wetas raced as part of the portsmouth fleet in the Wurstfest regatta from Lake Canyon Yacht Club last weekend. Two new additions to the fleet sailed on boat 373 and Texan Weta stalwarts Dave K and John Luzius aka 'superman' sailed 354 and 582. Check out the great photos from smug mug after the jump and for all the Texas CB gossip check out the Sailing Anarchy thread - http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=143438&page=8
Springtime in Northwest FL…
The second most popular drive to Destination in the state of Florida...
Charter boats available first come, first serve...
2012 Summer Rally - Gary Napier and family
WetaFest in just two weeks - 22nd to 24th of November
The NZ WetaFest will be at the Tauranga Yacht and Powerboat Club and is kicking off in relaxed style with the TYPBC rum race on Friday afternoon. For Saturday a sailing orienteering race is scheduled. In teams of two or more sailors search the harbour for codes to prove that they have visited each landmark, so navigation and planning skills will come to the fore. For anyone who needs an extra hand, there are lots of Tauranga Yacht Club kids who are keen to join in. Then on Sunday there will be normal course racing set up by the club.
We have 15 entries so far, make sure you are a part of what promises to be a really fun and family friendly weekend. If nothing else this is a great chance to up your skills and confidence with coaching and support from Chris and Roger.
Weta at the Nowra River Festival
It was a beautiful day for the Nowra River Festival last weekend and 1000s of people showed up to check out the local offerings. Weta was viewed by many interested parties, all who looked at the boat and liked its simplicity and ease of stowage with very encouraging feed back from non sailors and sailors alike. Next year we will put a boat on the water as well as a static display.
Sunday Yachting Australia try sail day
On Sunday at the YA Try sailing day the Weta was the weapon of choice by all the kids and a lot of parents!
Two cool new videos from Josh who also did the West Coast Champs video. We went out this morning and buzzed the coastal classic fleet for a bit of fun. The Coastal Classic is a 130NM race up the coast from Auckland to Russell, that kicks off the summer sailing season in Auckland.
Stock photo - for regatta photos see www.photo-boat.com
As a relatively new Weta owner in a remote part of the country, I had been monitoring this year’s racing calendar hoping to find an event that I would be able to attend. Ben’s posting about the Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open, a little detective work with Google Maps and the rapidly approaching end to the sailing season in the Upper Midwest convinced me that it was now or never.
To All No Cal Weta Sailors,
The StFYC Fall Dinghy Regatta is this weekend. Who is going? Please register today at the link below.
Great video, worth a watch!
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!
CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FLA. - The 5th annual Charlotte Harbor Regatta has been set for Feb. 6-9, 2014. With more than 100 boats competing, the 2013 event became the largest regatta in the history of Charlotte Harbor. The word is out.
Featuring nightly regatta dinner parties, 10 one-design classes and competitors from around the country racing on three race circles, the Charlotte Harbor Regatta has quickly grown into one of the most talked-about regattas in the nation. Find out why SAIL magazine designated Charlotte Harbor as "one of the top 10 greatest places to sail in the United States."
As we await the arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, we have finally locked down the calendar for 3 key Weta events at Fort Walton Yacht Club. We've got a great set of events for US Weta's to come enjoy, and we're planning on even more fun in 2014.
WetaFest 2014: March 7 - 9 - Fort Walton Yacht Club
This is the second year we will have WetaFest, and our goal is 25 boats. As those who attended last year will tell you, spring means breeze at the club, cold drinks, and good times with some well structured racing for the Weta fleet. This year, we will be working harder on accommodations, securing another great set of sponsors, and capturing lessons learned (including the superfly superman leap perfected at last years' event by our friendly Texans). More details to follow as we lock down the NOR and event sponsors. We will work to have rentals available, and if last year was any indicator, you'll want to place deposits quickly.
Weta West Coast Champs 2013. Thanks to Richmond Yacht Club and Dave Berntsen for organizing an awesome regatta and Pierpont Performance Sailing for supplying the charter boats.
Read the news report: http://www.wetamarine.com/about/news/550-fun-fast-easy-in-san-francisco
The Weta West Coast Champs, held on the 21st and 22nd of September out of Richmond Yacht Club was good fun, with great race management by the women's Byte fleet (and some good AC related banter!) on a tricky tidal and shifty race course and with a great although sometimes distracting view of the America's Cup racing.
Five Wetas - 6 Wetas - are now signed up for the American Yacht Club's dinghy regatta on October 12-13. So now we have our own class. Two more and we get our own start!
17 teams competed in the 2nd 24hr Dianshan Lake Regatta organized by Shanghai Yacht Club in collaboration with Shanghai Boat and Yacht Club and several other organizations. Two courses were laid out, one for keelboats and one for dinghies.
Day 1 at the WWCC saw a patchy 10-17 knots with a small chop. Three races and some close battles throughout the fleet, but Chris pulled away in each race to record three firsts. The sun broke through the rain by the last race.
Check out what the boys have been up to!