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  1. Weta Marine are adopting a 'Weta evolution' approach to keep pace with cutting edge technology while maintaining a One Design ethos. After a number of years of testing we have rolled out some boat upgrades to give the Weta a refresh as we head towards 2020 and beyond. Weta foam core hulls • The new foam hulls fits the same one design rule of all Weta but incorporates improvements in 2017. • Redesigned foam core construction of all three hulls which is both stiffer and lower in weight, improving performance. • The new foam hulls are approximately 12kg (26lb) lighter than the previous production boat. Sailors will find it easier to manage on land - with no negatives on the race course. • Total weight is strictly controlled, now just at the class minimum - so no corrector weights are required for normal class racing. 120kg (265lb) so sits at the minimum in the Weta Class Rules. About the new hulls Interesting to note the original four Weta manufactured in NZ were a foam sandwich construction. The boats are fast and strong and still highly competitive. At the time - it was not an economic option to build production boats this way but the march of technology now means we can share this benefit with all. By removing weight out of the boat while not compromising strength, assembly and moving the boat around on land is so much easier! New Square Top Mainsail (SQ) • The SQ gives more power in light air, excellent downwind but still capable of handling the big breeze that the Weta is famous for. • In testing, this sail has worked very well over a wide wind range. It is fast and provides a nice boost in speed to the Weta in all conditions. About the new SQ Over the years, the main criticism of the Weta has been a lack of performance under 8kts of wind. While no one sail design can accommodate the range of crew weights the new SQ is a highly developed sail: radial cut, square top - all by North Sails. Weta Sailing Options - now even more versatile! • Foam core Weta and SQ - this is a great choice if you are a racer and want a boost in performance especially in mixed fleets. • Foam core Weta and Standard 8.3 main - perfect for the lighter weight sailors or grandad. The foam core Weta is a joy to trail and launch with its lighter weight hull. • Foam core Weta and smaller 6.5 main - perfect for mum or the kids who are lighter weight and want to play in the breeze with unmatchable stability. Great for dad in high wind with full control. • Standard Weta with standard 8.3 main - if you are an explorer or rock hopper then this non-foam cored boat can certainly take a pounding hitting the beaches. Complete the setup with a furling jib for easy sail management. • Standard Weta with Dacron main - this is your perfect sailing school or hire boat. Learn the basics quickly. Simple, safe and plenty of fun.
  2. The yardstick is 86 and has been adjusted for using the SQ 9.3 sail or sailing 2-up as it should be. "1 up (+3 for 2 up) 8.3 m3 Pin Head Main +3 GRP Hulls +2 Provided for Race Officer’s guidance only. Tentative rating based on limited data – use with caution. SCHRS measurement data is not applicable. Observation of data suggests that there is a wide disparity between light and moderate/heavy air performance, relative to most catamarans" However, there's also an adjustment for foam-core boats which actually weigh the same as my old 2009 boat (#325) as the product was beefed up over time. There are only a handful of foam-core boats in Australia so it does seem a bit strange to penalise a boat which weighs the same as other boats already in use and without any data.
  3. Brand new boat with 2015 design updates and North Sails - ready to launch Conceived and designed in New Zealand, over 1,100 Weta trimarans have been sold worldwide since Weta launched with a splash over 11 years ago. Hand-crafted – this is no “machine-built boat” – the fibreglass/carbon composite construction delivers the perfect pairing of rigidity and lightweight performance. Stow to go in only 20 minutes and it only requires the space of a Laser for storage. Expertly made for maximum enjoyment and minimum fuss, whether you’re sailing all out and solo, mixing it up with the family or teaching the kids to sail, the Weta is simple to sail, surprisingly quick, and an absolute ton of fun. Fun, fast and easy, life's better with a Weta! Over 34? Take a test sail in a Weta in 2016 and win Free Entry to the April 2017 World Masters Games regatta in Auckland, NZ. More at weta.com.au email ausweta@gmail.com or phone 0447 215145
  4. 52 Wetas are entered in the World Masters Games regatta including 17 from Australia. If you or your club would like a test sail in a Weta, contact Weta Sydney on 0447 215 145
  5. The grommets holding the hiking straps have pulled out of the mesh in the middle of the tramp on one side of my Weta trimaran and I need to add a patch of mesh material to cover the holes but also because I want to change the strap system to more like the H16/H14. With the strap stitched at one end to the tramp edge, through a webbing loop in the centre of the tramp, and then a loop in the webbing at the other end so a line can be fed through the loop and tied off underneath the tramp allowing the length to be adjusted. I'll then use some bungee to keep it taught. Can anyone give me then contact details for a supplier of small amounts of the black polypropylene mesh material in Australia? Thanks Paul
  6. Winner of the 2016 Hobie 16 World Masters and winner of many Australian multihull championships, Rod Waterhouse, will compete in the Weta Trimaran class in the sailing regatta at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand in April next year. "I was excited to try the Weta after seeing videos online", said Rod. "And after a test of a boat loaned from Weta Sydney I knew I had to do the event." Auckland is the home of the New Zealand-designed Weta and over 1300 Wetas have been sold worldwide since it launched with a splash in 2009. "We're very pleased to see someone of Rod's calibre racing the Weta and hope we can encourage more of his contemporaries to take part", said Roger Kitchen, Director of Weta Marine. "The Australian Weta Team are shipping over a container of boats and there are options to have a new boat delivered in advance or at the Games". The fun, fast, easy Weta 4.4 Trimaran is the high-tech boat everyone can sail and it has recently been selected for Paralympic sailing events by the World Sailing organisation. Expertly made for maximum enjoyment and minimum fuss, whether you’re sailing all out and solo, mixing it up with the family or teaching the kids to sail, the Weta is simple to sail, surprisingly quick, and an absolute ton of fun. For more information visit www.WetaMarine.com The World Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world. In terms of athlete numbers, it is bigger in scale than even the Olympics. Auckland will host the event from 21 to 30 April 2017 during which time 25,000 participants will compete in 28 sports across 48 competition venues. The Games are regarded as the largest event New Zealand will host in at least the next decade. For more information visit www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz. FREE SHIPPING OFFER If you purchase a Weta 4.4 Trimaran in Australia before 1st March 2017, you can join the Australian Weta Team container shipment from Sydney to the World Masters Games regatta which takes place from 23-30th April. Limited spaces available. More information about the Weta and the Australian Weta Team at weta.com.au/wmg
  7. I think one boat you may have overlooked isn't a Cat but a Tri - and that's a Weta 4.4. OK it does have a raised tramp but because the structure is carbon it's light enough to take down the beach (about 120Kg fully rigged) on your own and takes less than 25 minutes to rig (see video). All the components are light enough too as the spars are all carbon and the mast is in two pieces which slot together. There's no boom to worry about either as the mylar sails are fully battened and the furling screecher is great fun off the wind in a blow - and flat enough to use as a "code zero" upwind in the light stuff. It has enough buoyancy for 2 1/2 adults or 200Kg and can be raced one or two up. It planes upwind at around 10 knots of breeze and you can do 20Knots off the wind. But the main point is it's usability as you can take it out in over 30 knots and not get bored or overpowered (34 knots is my max to date) - and if it does go over it's easy to right even in a blow (I know - I've done it). All you do is undo one one of the ports on the end of the floats and let the air out - then right it like a monohull - it takes about 3-5 mins. There's a fleet on Sydney Harbour at Woollarah SC and another at Palm Beach Sailing Club at Pittwater. We also do various regattas and marathon races around the state. See weta.com.au or facebook.com/ausweta
  8. The Everglades Challenge starts in March - a 300 nautical mile (555Km) unsupported, non-stop race down the West coast of Florida for small boats, kayaks etc. The record is held by a Tornado and it was won last year in one day and 11 hours by multihull guru, Randy Smyth, in his self-designed tri, Sizzor. There have been a number of poeple who have sailed from Carins to Townsville in small cats and tris, but if there was to be an annual small boat mega-marathon event in Australia, where and when would it held?
  9. With the introduction of a revised Weta for 2015 combined with a new manufacturer (Australian owned Xtreme Sailing Products in Singapore) and and a new sail supplier (North Sails), the Sydney Weta fleet is getting ready for a packed program of events in Sydney Harbour and around the NSW region. Starting with the Cock of the Harbour Marathon Race (COTH) on 20th October with a course right around Sydney Harbour. The COTH is a Bart's Bash Event organised by Woollahra Sailing Club (WSC) to raise funds for The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which introduces underprivileged young people to sailing worldwide. After a successful program of events at Pittwater last year, for this season we have organised a Sydney Harbour Weta Championship (also with WSC) - starting on 27th September and then with monthly race days through to March. The Wetas are one of the invited classes included in Sail Sydney from 19-20 December with at least 10 Wetas amongst the 300 small boats expected. We haven’t completely abandoned racing at Pittwater as we’re taking part in the Beware the Bullets regatta on 11th Nov, organised by the excellent Palm Beach Sailing Club, and also the Peter Loft Marathon event organised by Bayview Yacht Racing Club. Featuring a “Le Mans” start the race is a 20km marathon race from Bayview around Lion Island and back - three Wetas were in the top 5 last year - can we repeat the result? Other events include the Jervis Bay Regatta on October 3-4 in the inviting waters of Jervis Bay. The ACT Multihull Regatta on Oct 31 - always a challenge with light to strong winds on the same day and, a new event for the Wetas, the Australia Day Regatta and marathon at Kurnell Catamaran Club. “This season promises to be one of the best ever for the Weta fleet”, said Paul White, “We’ve got a great mixture of events lines up and regular racing on Sydney Harbour will attract more to take part - and there's still a brand new bargain Weta available at $5000 off the 2015 list price” About the Weta 4.4 Trimaran The Weta is the multipurpose premium multihull for maximum fun. Conceived and designed in New Zealand, over 1,000 Weta trimarans have been sold worldwide since Weta launched with a splash over 11 years ago. Hand-crafted – this is no “machine-built boat” – the fibreglass/carbon composite construction delivers the perfect pairing of rigidity and lightweight performance. Expertly made for maximum enjoyment and minimum fuss, whether you’re sailing all out and solo, mixing it up with the family or teaching the kids to sail, the Weta is simple to sail, surprisingly quick, and an absolute ton of fun. Fun, fast and easy, there’s nothing better than a Weta! More at wetamarine.com Weta NSW can be contacted at ausweta@gmail.com Paul White (Sydney) 0447 215 145 Glenn Marney (Nowra) 0401 743 369 More at weta.com.au/ Photo: Trevor Gourlay, Palm Beach Sailing Club
  10. Nice idea and some great sailing areas - plus sheltered refuges if you needed to get out of the wind. However, there's no sheltered inside route for Kayaks which evens up the race in the EC - if it was OTB sailboats only then it would be great.
  11. Brand New Weta Bargains Two brand new yellow Wetas are now available at the bargain price of only $12,900 - that's over $4,000 saving on the 2015 price. Complete with three Gaastra sails, carbon foils, carbon mast and launch trolley. Fun. Fast. Easy - Life's better with a Weta. For more info or a demo sail, contact Glenn Marney at Weta NSW in Nowra on 0401 743 369 or Paul White in Sydney on 0447 215 145
  12. Interesting ideas Slammer - though I'm not sure how NSW Maritime would cope with a race going across their shipping lanes into Port Boatny, Sydney Harbour and Newcastle in small boats. Mobile phones are OK for many things - but battery life is pretty limited if you start using it for GPS racing apps (iRegatta) tracking (RaceQs) navigation/charts apps (like Navionics) and weather apps too. I think a waterproof handheld VHS radio should be a requirement - and you can rent them for the event - e.g http://www.epirbhire.com.au/ Oh, and please can you include OTB Tris as well :-) p.s. There's a similar discussion on the Sailing Anarchy forums
  13. This looks like an interesting way of creating an accurate chart using Google Maps - although it only really works for clear water.
  14. Coolooloi is inside Fraser island (a camping ground just after passing Inskip point). I thought there might be an inside route at Inskip after looking at the Google Earth pics and local Boating chart.
  15. Actually that Gold Coast to Bundabergroute looks more interesting, challenging and safer than a blast up the coast - as it would also give a navigational challenge going up the inside route. And it would also even it out between the kayaks and sailboats. In the EC they put the checkpoints at the inside locations but near an opening to the ocean so you have a choice whether to go inside or outside. It's around 426 km or 230nm and you could divide it into sections for those that can't do the whole thing. Make each section a separate race of max 100nm and then call it a championship! For example: Gold Coast - Bongaree Bongaree - Mooloolaba Mooloolaba - Noosa Noosa - Coolooloi Coolooloi - Hervey Bay Hervey Bay - Bundaberg Inskip point bar doesn't look *too* bad (see chart) - as long as there's not a Southerly blowing - there's an interesting report showing monthly swell and wind averages here - December and March look to be the worst months.
  16. The idea is for an endurance and adventure event - not going repeatedly around the cans - that's a different kind of challenge (like the Heaven Can Wait 24hr event - although that's for bigger boats). The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expedition style adventure race for kayaks, canoes, and small boats. The distance is roughly 300 nautical miles depending on your course selection. There is a time limit of 8 days or less. Your safety and well being are completely up to you. The Everglades Challenge (EC) course is over 555km and also has large areas (of swampland) which would be difficult to get support to. And similar hazards: sharks, snakes, alligators, mosquitoes (although no stingers). The stated criteria for the EC are that it should only be undertaken by expert and experienced sailors and kayakers - however they've had a few easy years and so this year, when the fleet was crossing a major shipping channel a few hours after the start with the 15-20 knot wind against the tide, 10-12 boats capsized or were swamped and had to be rescued - and the coastguard cancelled the event (possibly without authority to do so but...) The EC has been run as a "stealth event" without getting official permits but as it's got bigger it's probably going to have to become more official. The question is, could you run such an event with the public liability insurance issues we have in Australia? If not here, could you run it in New Zealand instead which essentially you're liable for your own actions. My boat insurance also states that I am only covered for races up to 100 miles - so you couldn't call it a race - so call it a "rally" instead. I think you'd want to go North to South with the prevailing winds and currents just to make it less arduous. Port Douglas - Townsville - 368 km (200 nautical miles) Townsville - Mackay is 359 km (193 nautical miles) Cairns - Mackay is around 656 km (354 nautical miles) You could do it in two parts (like the Everglades challenge which incorporates the 90 mile Ultimate Marathon that finishes at the first checkpoint for the EC - aimed at those who haven't got time/experience/energy to do the EC).
  17. I have another things that attracted me to the Weta is its usable in a higher wind range than most cats - you don't have to worry about trapezing and being too heavy to get back in the boat since there isn't one - you just sit on the floats and use the safety harness to support your torso :-). And it's still easy to sail in winds up to 30 knots on the standard rig single-handed (upwind you just feather up and downwind you sit on the stern ). Over 30 knots is easier with main alone and it has been tested over 40 knots in practice for the 300 mile ($20Km) Everglades Challenge race. Regards Paul PS The Windrushyachts website is now completely down (DNS error)
  18. But that has nothing to do with the website - it's hosted in Sydney.
  19. Sorry but that's bull**** The error messages are from Joomla which you can suppress using the recommendations on the Joomla Forum thread I linked to above. It has nothing to do with network or server issues and the hosting service isn't based in Perth or even in WA! The site is hosted by Ausweb.com.au who are based in Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW (just up the road from me) The severs are in Alexandria: "Our Infrastructure is hosted in the state of the art Equinix Data Center, located in Alexandria, Sydney." Good suggestion for him to move the site to Wordpress which is much easier to manage - although it can be prone to hacking if you don't secure it properly. I also recommend using the (free) WordFence Plugin. You can automate the migration from Joomla to WordPress using either of these Wordpress Plugins: FG Joomla to WordPress CMS2CMS: Automated Joomla to WordPress Migration The emails probably aren't getting through because no-one can find the address. You're not going to sell any boats if there's no way of finding out about them!
  20. I tried with Firefox, IE and Chrome I also tried to check with other site previewers Anybrowser gave a blank page http://www.anybrowser.com/siteviewer.html Screenfly Shows the same Joomla error page (it allows you to check a site on multiple screen resolutions/devices) http://quirktools.com/screenfly See this report for errors: http://nibbler.silktide.com/en_US/reports/www.windrushyachts.com.au Although interestingly it does show a preview of the site where other site checkers/viewers don't even show that: Google PageSpeed also has recommendations There's a thread in the Joomla Forums which might help http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?t=271244
  21. Actually it's not just that the website is out of date - the website is down and has been for at least a week - probably longer. http://www.windrushyachts.com.au All you get is a Joomla error screen (below). If you do see any content it must be loading from the cache. Whois response for windrushyachts.com.au: Domain Name windrushyachts.com.au Last Modified 15-Mar-2014 23:45:21 UTC Status ok Registrar Name Connect West Registrant PROVINCE HOLDINGS PTY LTD Registrant ID OTHER 009 175 544 Eligibility Type Other Eligibility Name WINDRUSH YACHTS Eligibility ID WA BN 0175178G (WA) Registrant Contact ID C0775954-AR Registrant Contact Name THE MANAGER Registrant Contact Email hboats@iinet.net.au Tech Contact ID C0775956-AR Tech Contact Name iiNet Hostmaster Tech Contact Email hostmaster@iinet.net.au
  22. I was one of the 10 Wetas sailing at the Jervis Bay regatta in October last year. I was first around the windward mark in the 1st race on Sunday when it was blowing 25+ knots - then I put the kite up but couldn't get it to furl again - (bloody Harken one-hit furler now replaced with a KZ continuous furler). Nice event and great place to sail.
  23. Why did I choose the Weta? I live in an apartment in Potts Point overlooking Sydney harbour and have raced on other peoples' boats since moving to Sydney 5 years ago. But there are some days where you really want to go sailing and I wanted something I could take out myself (and friends too), that could be rigged quickly single handed and that would have more exciting performance than a Laser (been there - done that). I also wanted something modern that used modern materials and was developed in the last 10 years - I feel that classic boats are interesting to their owners but a bugger to look after and a bugger to sail. The Finn being the prime example. Originally I was looking at single-handed skiffs because I've a background in asymmetric sports-boats but thought the learning curve involved too much swimming. Then I saw the video of the Weta at the Double Dammed race in 2011 and thought that's exactly what I need - a skiff with training wheels! I come from a monohull background so having a boat that tacks immediately appeals to me too. There are many other boats that can offer the same thrills but some come at the cost of ease of use (e.g. Moth) or they remove the risk and remove the fun - e.g. the Hobie Wave. So then looked at more videos and the manufacturers website, I joined the owners forum, found it was really well supported by the manufacturer, owners and distributors. Got some great feedback in what to look for in a second hand boat and then bought one in Melbourne and had it shipped up to Sydney. My next problem was finding somewhere to sail and store it - I quickly discovered all the boatparks at clubs in the area are full (with many boats that never move) and my solution was to moor it on the road as I discovered there's a public boat pontoon in nearby Rushcutters Bay which is accessed by a gantry 2m wide - and the Weta is 1.98m wide on the trolley. Result! Things that might put me off the Windrush I'm a Pom who moved here in 2007 and I'd never seen or heard of a Windrush until I entered the Peter Loft Marathon around Lion Island from Bayview last year. Admittedly I'd mostly been sailing in bigger boats until then. I haven't seen one close up but here are my impressions: Old design - it does look its age a bit. Boom - headache Rig - a bit complicated so 1/2 hr for the experienced might be doubled for the average user Materials - Mylar sails are a plus but it still has aluminium mast and boom. No Dyneema, No Carbon - has it kept up with new developments? Trapeze - I suffer from lower back problems and anything that requires continuous compression of the spine kills me for days after sailing. Cats - Having to raft at the tacks isn't my idea of fun Car Topping - Yea but no. I don't own a car 'cos it's a pain to own one in Potts Point. We use GoGet for short journeys and rental companies for longer ones (no tow bars). I rent a Ute to tow the boat to Pittwater and use DriveMyCarRentals for longer road trips (they have tow bar cars). The clincher is the Windrush website is down (http://www.windrushyachts.com.au) it's based on Joomla, the site favicon hasn't been updated and any publicity I've found looks it was designed in the 1970s. The manufacturer also seems to be selling a load of other boats - so not much focus there. It doesn't seem to have any regional distributors and there's only a class association in WA. There's no Facebook Pages or Groups, YouTube channel, Forums or Wikipedia entry (rocket science?). Hope that helps Paul
  24. As a Weta owner I can comment on some of the remarks about the boat in rough conditions and, as I have a background in international marketing, the success of the Weta internationally which has allowed it to sell 1000 boats in 6 years. Yes the Weta doesn't like steep choppy seas upwind (what I refer to as a the Sydney Harbour weekend "washing machine" effect from all the boat traffic) Three hulls means waves hit you three times (and you get three times as wet) and the centre hull slams like a monohull. OTOH sitting on the floats upwind wearing the "safety" (aka hiking) harness is very comfortable especially for people with forked knees from Laser sailing. That said, off the wind it's a different experience and if you get your weight to the back it's very stable and forgiving and will bounce over the waves. If you do come down over a wave and into the one in front, all that buoyancy from three hulls allows it to pop up and carry on. I think the success of the Weta has been due to a number of factors: - Design It hits the sweet spot for a boat in that it can be used by families with kids and older sailors who want "skiff-like" performance but without hard work of traps or swimming all the time. And it's forgiving if you screw up - yes, you can capsize but only if you ignore the warning signs - and if you do go over it rights like a monohull. Also it stores in the space of a Laser which makes it easier to get into crowded boat parks. I realise that none of this is revolutionary and many cats can claim the same benefits. - Cost OK it's getting expensive due to the drop in the value of the Aussie dollar but you still get a lot of boat for your money and they do hold their value. Being made in China/Indonesia has allowed them to include higher spec materials (mainly carbon) than you'd have on some of the older multihull designs. But they have revised the boat over the lifetime and introduced a new model for 2015 so it continues to improve. - Materials It's well thought out and light so that one person can put it together in 25 mins. The mylar sails last well and the boat is fairly maintenance free. Repairs are cheap (particularly if you use surf ski repairers for the floats). Nothing particularly unique but it's a question of packaging. - Marketing They did get it right in some markets, especially the USA and France where they had enthusiastic distributors and owners who used YouTube to share their exploits. Timing has a lot to do with it - the GoPro arrived just at the right moment. - Digital Media Using the media is really important and Weta have been good at publicising their events and encouraging local reps/class associations to do the same. You'll also see banner ads for Weta on many sailing sites. You have to use all the media outlets and keep using them. A static website that can't be read on mobiles is useless. It's not rocket science (OK maybe a little) but it does require resources and regular management. - Miranda Powie She was marketing manager for 3 years and did an awesome job with videos, tips, updates etc. Now gone on to bigger things. Australia is still catching up (we now have 10 boats in the Sydney area) and there are now four distributors across the states. There's regular racing at Pittwater with PBSC (no planes landing on your head there - sorry KCC) as well as a calendar of other events. We also have a Website for Australia an owners Facebook Page which is automatically updated from the Calendar, Austrlaian Forums and the Weta Wiki. Could a cat manufacturer achieve the same success? You could say one already has, notably Hobie, but they seem more interested in the Kayak market - understandably as it has had much bigger growth over the past 10 years whereas sailing participation has been flat or declining. Now that cat sailing is back in the Olympics and Amercias Cup there is probably more interest in multi hulls than before. But it has to be packaged effectively, made user-friendly - and have the right marketing. A difficult combination for many small manufacturers to get right.