Bulkhead Magazine: First held in Japan! Lake Hamana Weta Class All Japan Championship Report

Weta class all-Japan championship to be held for the first time in Japan. The photo is the start of the second race

October 08th, 2020

Translated from Japanese:

The "1st Weta Class All Japan Championship" was held on October 3rd and 4th at Lake Hamana Beach Marina in Shizuoka Prefecture. There are 6 boats to enter. Participating boats on the day were 3 boats from Enoshima Yacht Harbor in Kanagawa Prefecture, 1 boat from Onizaki Yacht Harbor in Aichi Prefecture, and 1 boat from Hamanako Beach Marina. At the moment, of the 11 Weta boats in Japan, almost half have gathered together and lined up on the beach. (Report / Photo / Yoshimasa Sato Beach's Marina)

This is the first Weta-class race in Japan, but the number of entries is only 6 boats, so the first priority is to enjoy the race with the friendship of the sailors, so entry by boat (per boat) , One person or team can enter), and there is no limit to the number of people on board in the team & players can be replaced freely for each race, which is very loose? It was held according to the rules. 

The race was unfortunately a super breeze condition of 0 to 3 meters on both the first and second days. Of the five scheduled races, one long distance race with a total distance of about 10km and two sausage course races, with a beach start starting from the entrance gate of Beach's Marina and a round trip to Hamanako Bridge on the Tomei Expressway. A total of 3 races were held. 

We couldn't see the high-speed jumping scene, which is the original pleasure of Weta, but the Weta riders are experienced and have a full lineup of 100 battles. It was an "adult athletic meet" that I enjoyed in a friendly mood from beginning to end, even though I could see the exchange of "Ibushi silver" skills of those people.

The prestigious first victory was Aoki Boat (Mamoru Aoki, Ryutaro Kitao, Masaaki Endoh). Congratulations. Next time, I hope that the number of boats will increase and that we will be able to have an exciting race in even better conditions.

Weta class is a New Zealand-born trimaran dinghy. It may not be very familiar in Japan yet, but it has the potential to deliver extremely high-speed performance. It has the stability and comfort of Trimaran, and seems to be very popular as a dinghy that can be enjoyed by families in New Zealand (FUN FAST EASY concept). It is a type of boat that I would like to see more and more popular in Japan.

Other photos and race results can also be viewed on the Beach's Marina Facebook page.

Source: https://bulkhead.jp/2020/10/77305/?fbclid=IwAR0v9ueEGZnnxEH0zmQh_5rEbPPepVCnOdtaql3fTCq94TFP-_hI43lyz5w


Five Weta boats participating in the race lined up on the beach. Probably the first time in Japan that all these Wetas have come together

The start of a long distance race. It is a beach start from the entrance of Beach's Marina

A fierce battle for long distance races

1st place is Aoki Boat (Ryutaro Kitao in the photo), 2nd place is Shinichi Schooljo who participates individually, and 3rd place is Junichi Yanagita who also participates individually

Commemorative photo with all players

1st Weta Class All Japan Championship Final Results