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  1. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    I’ve broken my bowsprit in a similar situation in strong winds when trying to point up because the flogging of the sail can put sudden stress on the carbon. While carbon can withstand significant stress it doesn’t resist sudden impacts well. if it starts to flog you have to either bear away or furl the kite. Of course it may have been weakened by previous stress or impacts. You could sleeve it to repair it with an internal carbon tube, but it would always be a risk of failure in future and new bowsprits are available from Weta dealers.
  2. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    1. As I trailer my boat to the sailing club I keep my foils in the foil bag to avoid damage but put it in the bottom of the cockpit. 4. The T-balls of the shrouds could scratch the Gelcoat in the cockpit so I coil my shrouds on top of the tramp. Then thread the mainsheet through them before clipping the hook to the mast step and tightening it to hold the amas in place. No knots or bungee required. i use the traveller bridle but instead of re-tying it every time, I put the mainsheet block out of the way over the stern of the boat then pull the bridle loops below the hole for the ama arm in the hull before inserting the arm. I’ve also put 2m longer tramp tie lines on the tramp so it can remain attached to the hull at the front when the amas are stowed. Once the amas are inserted you just pull through the excess line at the stern and coil it like the halyards which gives you a neat handhold to tension it with.
  3. Please start your own thread - also research previous posts as this has been covered previously
  4. I sail a (very wet) Weta Trimaran and my 3mm Neil Pride long john wetsuit is getting worn and just isn’t warm enough for me - but I like the freedom of movement. So I’m looking to replace it with a “warm” skiff suit - but which one and why?
  5. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    Tom Kirkman claims to be able to rig his boat in 15 minutes. However, there may be other issues causing your slow rigging problem :-) Vaplaya wrote on November 16, 2017 "Fortunately and unfortunately, I live by a wide beach, so just getting the boat and the parts to the waters edge is about 20 mins and the soft sand can be tiring (particularly hung over). Also, I am a social rigger, so I talk to every one annnddd there are the bikinis walking by; I have to stop all activity and enjoy the view." See Tom's rigging tips video here
  6. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    Weta and Wild
  7. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    Weta and Wild Weta Blows Up
  8. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    New Performance Weta Review Weta expert, Jonathan Weston, reviews the new foam-core Performance Weta at the Hobie Alter Cup in Florida "For the recreational sailor, advantages to the new boats were obvious. They are lighter, thus easier to maneuver on the land dolly. The stronger construction means longer lasting boats. Plus, they now came in a plethora of colors and color combinations. " Full review here
  9. Pewit

    Youth evolution in sailing

    Not really relevant to the question I asked though is it! <sigh>
  10. Pewit

    Youth evolution in sailing

    I read somewhere recently (or it may have been a video interview) that the Un-Regatta Program in the O’pen BIC had a much higher conversion rate of junior sailors into youth and senior programs than the traditional Opti>420/Laser Radial training programs that just concentrate on racing. Can anyone point me to any online resources with data to back up this claim?
  11. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    One of the benefits of the traveller is you can keep hold of the tiller through the tack for more control and less overtackkng. It’s simpler than the twin tiller extension to set up. Also the crossover jib sheets are connected to a loop in the middle of the jib sheet using a soft shackle and the ends tied off at one of the loops on the edge of the opposite tramp making them available while hiking as well as keeping them away from your feet - and you only need to detach the soft shackle to derig.
  12. Pewit

    Another what's the best dingy question

    There is a fleet of Wetas based in Melbourne who sail out of Frankston and a dealer, Colin Bresnahan of Weta Victoria, who is based in Melbourne and has a demo boat available. We recently registered as a Class Association and expect to hold our first nationals next season. A bit late for this year mainly because Australian Sailing wanted A$800 in public liability insurance before you could register - fine for big classes but ridiculous if you're just getting going. Thankfully that requirement has now been dropped for 2018. There are about 50 Wetas spread around the country with growing interest in the new lightweight foam core Performance model and square top sail. Previous events in NSW have attracted 10 Wetas (Jervis Bay) and 12 in Queensland (Lake Cootharaba) and we also sent a container load over to the World Masters Games in Auckland last April. I think a Weta is a dinghy in the same way a Hobie 16 is a dinghy - the Weta just happens to have an extra hull - but it tacks more like a monohull than a cat. And for anyone who weighs 100Kg the Weta is ideal since no abs of steel are required - you just sit on the tramp or (if you're feeling energetic) sit on the amas upwind. Yes, you can capsize them but you have to work really hard to do so - and it only takes 5 mins to right it if you do with no outside assistance required. However the main advantage to the Weta is you can take it out in almost any conditions - I've raced in 35 knots when only the Flying Dutchman was still out. And there was a Weta sailor in Scotland who survived a 56 knot squall which decimated the rest of the fleet. We have an active Facebook page ( and newsletter (archive here). More info on the website at The Weta also does well in mixed fleet racing....
  13. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    Thanks Peter The simple traveller setup (now allowed under the new rules) is really easy to do/undo if you just want to test it out. Just create a fixed loop in the middle of 2m of rope (Butterfly knot recommended) pass the ends around the ama arms each side and tie off to the mainsheet loop on the cockpit floor so it's reasonably tight over the tiller with the loop centered. Then tie (or use a soft shackle) the bottom of the mainsheet block to your new traveller loop. You may need to adjust the position of the becket for the mainsheet cleat with a screwdriver so you can release it easily when sitting out. If you want to refine it you can extend the tiller 20cm under the traveller with either (a) a broom handle (b) a sleeve of carbon tube (c) a sleeve of PVC plumbing tube. While you're replacing the halyards, I can recommend replacing the main halyard leader with dyneema instead of wire. No more having the swage come undone or having the wrong part of the leader catch in the V cleat. You need to use thin 75cm of Dyneema (2mm) for the leader and tie a loop in both ends. Then tie a knot 25cm from one end to catch in the V Cleat. Tie another loop in the end of the halyard and you then have a Dyneema replaceable leader.
  14. I think interpreting NMEA is old tech. All I want is a dual screen device that can be driven by a phone app which can do the NMEA interpretation (eg IRegatta) and if no NMEA it uses the built in GPS of the phone - like iRegatta and RaceQs.
  15. Pewit

    Weta anarchy

    Yes I leave the shock block tied in the loop - it means you can’t fully drop the jib but it comes down far enough. I suspect the old boats don’t come with Dyneema core (my 2009 boat didn’t #325 but it wasn’t new when I got it). My 2027 boat came with Dyneema core halyards as well as the forestry lashing line. I usually loosely tie the jib when rigging then tension it fully after I’ve raised the genneker otherwise it slackens a bit. if you’re sailing solo the additional blocks tied to the front Ama arms for the genneker sheets is a big improvement- it gives better grip for the block but it really helps to have everything in front of you - similarly with crossover jib sheets attached to the job clew from a loop in the centre of the sheet using soft shackles. Also it keeps the sheets from under your feet. Combined with the traveller, it means you can gybe and tack facing forward which is better for boat handling. Ive tried ski goggles but I found the foam in the vents absorbed water and they started to steam up. You do need something with open vents to keep it fog free. I’ve reviewed some goggles and glasses here.