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  1. +1 for RaceQs for analysis combined with an action camera - and you can mount a smartphone below deck (in a waterproof container/case) to do the tracking. Pair it with a Pebble watch for RaceQs live feed/remote control via Bluetooth or use a Garmin watch with GPS which can run RaceQs without the phone. http://raceqs.com/smart-watch/
  2. Yes, with the traveller setup you can keep hold of the tiller through the tack. You can hike at the stern in the same way and either grab the tiller and leave the extension to stream in the water - or hold the extension near the tiller so that the rest is over your shoulder. In fact if you let the traveller down to leeward with the traveller setup, it means that the tiller can have a wider arc beyond the edge of the cockpit and so it gives more space to get your feet under the centre strap. Having the extension in front with a crew is no different to any other boat with a traveller setup - sure there is potential for poking your crew in the head but you could also consider having a telescopic tiller extension which allows you to shorten and extend it at will. As the basic setup only requires a couple of loops of rope and a spare block - why not give it a go and see if it suits your sailing style? If you don't have a spare block in your gear collection, try using the larger Ronstan Shock for the traveller block. You can extend the tiller later if you've found it works. Hope this helps.
  3. It's only a 16hr flight from Washington DC to Tahiti via LAX from $2,500. Too far? Try living in Australia! :-)
  4. There were two Wetas racing - see the results here. The new 9.3SqM sail was developed for exactly those light wind conditions and there's also the lightweight (15 Kg lighter) foam-core hull available too. There's a dealer on Tahiti and I suspect those boats are chartered out so it may be why they weren't being sailed very well - two people sitting on the windward side in light winds isn't going to help. They would have done better to unfurl the screecher and use it as a code zero - which is particularly effective under 5 knots as you can keep moving even if you can't point very well. It also helps if you move the screecher ratchet block inboard to flatten the sail. This trick was being used by the leading 2-handed sailors in the light winds during the World Masters Games.
  5. I don't recommend the Gill Marine Tool (which I note that even Gill seem to have dropped from their website). It's a piece of Chinese-made carp* which despite the "titanium coating" rusts as soon as it touches salt water and the blade is hopeless for cutting anything apart from thin bread rolls. (*=may contain typo)
  6. Always helps to read the thread as a whole - see post #26
  7. Fleet of boats with the new SQ 9.3 at Bundaberg, QLD, Australia
  8. The SQ 9.3 sail is available now and being shipped direct from North's factory to Weta dealers. It can also be ordered as an inexpensive upgrade with new boats instead of the Standard 8.3 sail. The lightweight foam-core Performance hulls are in production and can also be ordered from Weta dealers.
  9. New SQ 9.3 demo sail on test in Sydney
  10. There's a survey for Weta owners on changes to the class rules resulting from the experience at the WMG which used the US rules. The inaugural online meeting for the Australian Weta Class Association is on 8th July at 8am AEST. Details and agenda here
  11. Unlike the Laser, the Weta has a cleat on the main and it's also much wider and more stable when tacking. So in heavy winds, I ease the main and cleat it before tacking and then push the tiller over and keep hold of the tiller and main in one hand while using the other to tack the jib. Then I swap hands and bring on the main again but if it's really windy or gusty I don't cleat it. Keeping hold of the tiller allows you much more control of the tacking speed when it's windy to give you time to cross the boat and get out on the tramp.
  12. There were over 50 Wetas at the World Masters Games with 30 solo entries. We were using the US rules which allow unlimited running rigging and deck hardware and thus we were able to "pimp the Weta" to make some improvements. Particularly the Australian Weta Team who shipped over a container of Wetas for the event. I have documented the mods here The Mod which made the most difference in terms of boat handling and safety was the development of a traveller using a rope around the rear ama arms. Initially we just attached the mainsheet block to a loop in the centre of the traveller. However this was improved by adding a traveller block and then attaching another rope either side of the traveller block, fed around the ama arms and cleated using the trolley cleats, to give an adjustable yacht-style traveller which could be let down to leeward for the offwind legs without releasing the main sheet - greatly improving sail shape. Finally we extended the tiller with some carbon tube slid over so that it came forward of the traveller and the tiller extension joint no longer caught on the traveller. The benefits of using a traveller are: 1. You don't have to let go of the tiller extension through the tack. 2. You no longer have to pass the tiller around the back of the mainsheet and go to the stern to get it. As the stern has less buoyancy, putting your weight back there is like putting the brakes on every time you tack. 3. You can control the position of the mainsheet block so you can let it out to the edge of the cockpit on the off-wind legs instead of having the clew curved to the middle of the boat - it gives a much better shape to the sail and allows you to control the tension of the rig while still letting the clew to leeward. 4. It allows you to extend the tiller under the traveller which means you can reach it easily when sitting forward or hiking from the amas.
  13. Here's a grab of the Weta World Map to make it easier for you next time you go for a road trip. I've counted 11 Wetas in New England and a dealer at Wareham. The OP was asking for modern designs. Hobie 16s were designed in the 1970s and have to be glued together to make them stiff which means they take up a lot of room in the boat park. And you can't sail them solo without risking capsize in anything over 20 knots. The Hobie is heavy at 320 lbs whereas the Weta is 260 lbs fully rigged - and there's a new lightweight foam core boat and larger square top mainsail available if you want higher performance or sail in light winds.