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  1. Thanks EKF. If you don't mind, how/where did you install these drivers? Steve
  2. Thanks @Chidz. Brand new blue/white 1361 (in second shot) sporting the big kite previously mentioned here. On the day the big kite didn't work well because the triangle course had reaches too tight but when doing a VMG run in some breeze it was great, especially on the gybe where I had the sheet running through the ratchet the correct direction . One change I made while preparing the boat was to remove the cleats from the mast and install two cam cleats on a swivel, 30cm above the mast base to allow easy alteration of the kite halyard tension.
  3. If you're sailing a reaching leg (eg. triangle course), you need a tighter halyard. Easing the halyard enables you to sail deeper. With careful use of sheet tension along with steering allows the kite to behave more like a spinnaker than a screecher. I ease halyard in all wind strengths and I have an adjustable halyard to allow this. Coming into the bottom mark I pull it back on because a tighter luff on the kite enables a better furl.
  4. As MultiThom says, halyard tension needs to be eased a few inches from tight(ish). After measuring many boats here, a rake of about 94 degrees from the foredeck is about right. Also, unless it's windy, fore-aft trim is important. Sitting too far back can kill your downwind speed too.
  5. How heavy are you in comparison? Heavier crew weight is most apparent downwind. Also, how windy was it? Do you record tracks to analyse gybing (jibing) angles?
  6. I had the first decent try of the big(er) kite last Saturday. As a reminder, it's a cut down Cherub kite with roughly the same outline as the one Weta Marine used to supply, but with less luff round. I sail 2up, and I was using it against the new National Champion John, and other fast local Ian (Victorian Champion) on Lake Illawarra south of Sydney where we had our recent Nationals. They were both sailing 1up. On Saturday it was blowing around 8 to 12kts mostly, with some residual chop from a breeze overnight and in the morning. Ian historically beats me by around 10%, upwind and down, w
  7. Regarding easing sheet in gusts - bear in mind that without a boom or vang, doing so is the equivalent of easing sheet, outhaul and vang simultaneously.
  8. The top half of my halyard is dyneema. The photo shows the arrangement I've had in place for a couple of years without issue.
  9. 89 -> 100 is a 12% increase, or one eighth. From the photo, that's about right.
  10. This is another project... A cut-down Cherub kite which looks nice at least. It's a bit finer than the Weta big kite in the head, and seems to furl well. I didn't get a chance to use it yet, but will report back when I do.
  11. I plan to do an analysis of crew weight vs race time using the data gathered from the Aus Nationals. We had three races in light wind ~ 8kts and three in strong wind ~ 18-25kts. My gut feeling is that in strong winds the heavier crews (1up or 2up) just lose by a slightly smaller percentage margin. In this regatta, the well-sailed lighter crews outgunned the heavier opposition regardless of conditions, with all but one using SQ mains.
  12. I'm a cleater. It's difficult to compare the Weta to other boats such as Moths, 49ers etc. for a few reasons. Firstly, most other boats have the mainsheet coming off either the boom or the floor forward of the skipper. The Weta has both mainsheet and tiller behind the skipper, which (at least I find) makes it somewhat more difficult to manipulate. Secondly, without a boom or vang, easing the main makes multiple changes to the sail shape, mostly detrimental to upwind height, especially with a square top. Lastly, compared to other skiffs, the Weta has much more inherent stability which (probabl
  13. Sounds a lot like Bethwaite's 'Fast Handling Technique'.
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