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WetaFest-Alter Cup Begins This Week

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The 2018 US Sailing Multihull Championship (aka the Alter Cup) begins this coming Wednesday with racing scheduled for Thursday through Sunday. The event is being held in Weta trimarans and the host is the Fort Walton Yacht Club in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This event is being held concurrently with the annual Weta class spring Wetafest regatta. Nearly 40 boats are pre-registered. At last count, 5 boats are racing double-handed which the Weta class rules allow for championships.

On Wednesday, Randy Smyth will be conducting a Weta racing clinic to kick off the event. Fort Walton Yacht Club is one of the best places to race a sailboat especially in the spring and the forecast this week is spectacular with light winds forecast for the first two days of sailing with breeze picking up on the weekend so the event should be a good test of racing the Weta in a range of conditions.

I’ll post daily updates here starting on Thursday evening.

Bob Hodges

Weta 1003 

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Three ( 3 ) is better than ( 2 ) is better than ( 1 ) !   Who knew that a 14' tri could be so much fun?  As someone once said " once you get past the weird factor, it's a great little boat "  I have never enjoyed a boat more!  Try one.  Weta # 1010


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The opening day of the 2018 US SAILING Multihull Championship hosted by the Fort Walton Yacht Club was blessed by the champagne sailing conditions of a 10-16 knots seabreeze on Choctawhatchee Bay. There were 41 competitors (33 singlehanded, 4 doublehanded) racing 14’ Weta trimarans with four races completed.

Racing was tight amongst the top five at the end of the day with only a 7 point spread between the first and fifth place boats. Mike Krantz from Flowery Branch, GA is in the lead with 4 points. He is followed by Dave Bernsten (San Francisco), Randy Smyth (Fort Walton Beach), and Bob Hodges (Covington, LA) with 7, 8, and 9 points respectively. Jonathan Weston (San Francisco) rounds out the top 5 with 11 points.

The forecast for Friday’s racing looks challenging. A cold front has passed the area and light northeast to east winds are forecast for most of the day so the light air specialists in the fleet are looking forward to challenging the front runners. A stronger easterly gradient is forecast for Saturday and that is forecast to veer to a stronger southeast gradient with rain on Sunday, the final day of racing.

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