Wētā News & Events

WētāFest NZ 2024 Highlights

March 20th, 2024

Photos - Stephanie Taylor

Highlights from WētāFest 2024 sailors in the weekend - https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=uAczmzAkp0Q

Florentina's "Wētā Diary" - Day 1 of WētāFest 2024 https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=OSULOe70xIk

Day 2 - WētāFest 2024 - Destination Race to Arkles Bay https://www. youtube.

NZ WētāFest 2023

March 16th, 2023

Torbay March 11/12

The weather for WētāFest was absolutely perfect with a good SW wind of 15 to 20 knots on the Saturday which kept the racers on their toes and the cruisers happy to complete the course.

Lessons From A Man Overboard - Mike Mead

October 28th, 2022

Hi, New Weta owner here so I had been holding on to this story due to embarrassment I guess. I've just written the communications tips for a Coastguard win a PLB competition so thought I may as well bite the bullet and hopefully help some other sailors in future.

2022 Rotorua North Island Sprints Regatta

October 18th, 2022

Having enjoyed and learned so much from sailing with the Northern Wētā skippers in the 2020 Sprints regatta I was keen to get to this next one (2021 was cancelled due to Covid).

Video: Chris, Florentina & Lucette out in 15-20 knots!

March 15th, 2022

Chris taking the girls out on an adventure mission during the Kite Foil Nationals where Justina was competing in. Filming | Chris Kitchen
Editing | Luis Kitchen

Pigeon Bay Regatta - South Island Weta Muster

November 30th, 2021

The multihull 2-day regatta was centred on paper tigers which had the first start for each race, then a mixed fleet five minutes later including Hobie16s and Wetas (among others).

Video: Former dual Olympic medalist in the Tornado class, Rex Sellers

July 09th, 2021

Filming | Joshua McCormack
Editing | Luis Kitchen
Interviewer | Chris Kitchen

Video: Paraglider and long-distance adventurer Jeff Ripley

July 08th, 2021

Weta owner #1100 - Jeff Ripley. Paraglider and long-distance adventurer. Filming | Joshua McCormack
Editing | Luis Kitchen
Interviewer | Chris Kitchen

Video: Boat Builder Mike Pearce - Weta #1262

June 30th, 2021

Mike Pearce Weta #1262
Filming | Joshua McCormack
Editing | Luis Kitchen
Interviewer | Chris Kitchen

Video: Weta owner #1174 - Gerrit Bahlman

June 23rd, 2021

What did Gerrit forget at NZ WetaFest 2021? Chris finds out. Filming | Joshua McCormack
Editing | Luis Kitchen
Interviewer| Chris Kitchen

Video: NZ WetaFest 2021

May 25th, 2021

Filming | Joshua McCormack
Editing | Luis Kitchen

Awesome sailing at NZ WetaFest 2021 - Roger Kitchen

April 28th, 2021

Video: https://youtu. be/8Fp7wq-1YYs

Finally after a crazy year of lockdowns and uncooperative weather we had a weekend of great sailing despite a tough first day. When you have dedicated Weta sailors making the long trek from the South Island for WetaFest you really want to make the event worthwhile.