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Weta Road Trip from Sydney to Gold Coast

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On 27th May I'm heading from Sydney to the Gold Coast towing my Weta 4.4 Trimaran - returning on 15th June.

 

I plan to sail at interesting places/races on the way - as well as offer a demo sail to anyone interested in the Fast, Fun, Easy Weta.

 

Should I stop off at your club?

 

Paul

Weta #325

Sydney

 

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Well the trip finished early as my partner had an accident when we were staying at Brunswick Heads so we never made it to the Gold Coast.

 

But I did have some interesting sailing along the way:

  • At Port Stephens where I joined the locals in the Wednesday afternoon race
  • At Trial Bay where another Weta sailor joined me and we sailied to Smokey Cape Lighthouse and back.
  • At Brunswick Heads where you had to pick your moment to avoid the waves breaking over the bar at the river entrance -  but it was fun surfing on them on the way back from Byron Bay
  • But perhaps the best was at Ballina where there were Dolphins in the Richmond River on the way out and Whales breaching offshore once I was out on the ocean.

Wish you were there? - see below10457739_10152067264647163_6287762739799

 

Living in Sydney city centre, we don't own a car and use the GoGet share cars if we need one - but they don't have tow bars. So our tow car for the trip was a 5-year old Lexus RX350 4x4 with every extra from Drivemycarrentals.com.au which we rented for $49/day for 3 weeks (min 1 week) that came fitted with a tow bar. Use the Advanced Search to find cars with tow bars here http://www.drivemycarrentals.com.au/search

 

The Weta proved an ideal touring boat - it takes up little room on the trailer, it only weighs 100Kg and can be launched from a beach or ramp single handed in 30 mins.

And you don't have to worry about a resuce boat since it can be easily righted if it does go over (I didn't  - but I did have a "moment" in the waves).

 

The 1000th Weta has just shipped - not bad for a boat conceived in a garage in New Zealand in 2004, manufactured in China and now sold worldwide.

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMjd5RRkleQ

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You missed the Brass Monkey regatta at Toukley, but the Wetas were well represented. (4 starters) The conditions varied from mild to Wild and tested all starters. Numerous capsizes including a spectacular pitchpole by 1 of the Wetas on a wild reach under spinnaker. Hope to see the same representation or better next year.

Don't forget the 14' multihull regatta at Mannering Park (Lake Macquarie), Sep, I think.

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