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About Pewit

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    Sydney, Australia
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    I sail a Weta Trimaran which is the most fun I’ve had in a small boat in a lifetime of sailing and I’m the dealer for NSW and ACT.

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  1. Yes but *some* of you have extensive on board insulation permanently attached.
  2. I think the problem with the harness for Weta is the cost of liability insurance for the US market. I have one and use it for sailing offshore solo or on long distance events. But if I sailed offshore solo regularly, I’d get a PLB attached to the PFD for rescue. Much better to have a single button to push than trying to get a signal on a VHF radio while in the water. You could DIY your own harness using a climbers chest harness (eg Black Diamond Vario) and and elasticated safety strap with quick release - although you might need to replace the snap hook on the inboard end with a
  3. The harness is no longer available from Weta due to liability issues if someone became trapped in a capsize. However, putting a hand hood on the side stay can help you to get back on the tramp.
  4. If you haven’t already found it, you may find the rigging video helpful. https://youtu.be/HEb-Dl73iWU Also read the section on speeding up rigging in the manual as it can save you time. Q1 The trick with the stays falling out of the mast is to loop the excess shroud wire in front of the forward ama arm (as shown in the video). So when you lift the mast the you can lift while holding the side stays to start and then keep hold of the forestay with the lower hand. Once the mast is upright in the mast step, look up to check the t-balls are properly located (with the tangs hangi
  5. Yes but it does give some eye strain and it’s always a relief to take them out after sailing - although it has improved with time. But it’s certainly much better than trying to wear multi-focal glasses which just fog up and aren’t as effective. The Gill Marker sun specs float, have a hydrophobic coating on the lens and have a gap in the frame which lets air circulate (possibly by creating a Venturi) that stops them fogging up downwind. You can DIY with a cheap pair of specs by cutting off the corner of the lens.
  6. I may have poor memory but even I can remember the tacking angle of the last tack ;-)
  7. I agree about having your head out of the boat and having telltales on the shrouds - I use flagging tape available from hardware stores for marking out building sites. I have 2x Ritchie X-Port analogue compasses which I used at the World Masters Games when digital instruments weren't allowed (go figure - we are in the 21st centaury!). I had one mounted on each ama for hiking days, and Dual Lock to mount one on the bow for light wind days. However, given that your head is going to be at least 2m from the base of the mast if you are hiking from the amas, instead of squinting to read t
  8. Upwind, generally go for speed over height - especially in waves. Downwind come up for speed and then bear away for VMG and repeat in a series of S-bends while also trying to use the waves. If you don't have access to a Speedpuck, try running RaceQs on the phone or watch (you can also upload a GPS track) which allows you to analyse your performance. It's free - for best results set it going (it has a timer) and then put the phone below deck in a waterproof case and/or dry bag. You may need to create a fake "course" from your track in order to be able to view the analytics so Rac
  9. The main halyard ends in a loop for the shackle which you use to attach the eye at the head of the mainsail. The knot should be 25cm from the end. Pull the mainsail it all the way up with the halyard alongside the front of the mast then grab the foot of the mainsail and pull it down to check the knot has caught in the V-cleat on the mast. I suspect it hasn't done so in your photo which is why the mainsail has slipped down the mast. Refer to the manual for more info and photos. https://tinyurl.com/wetamanual2021 The US rules allow modification to the running rigging whereas the rules in mo
  10. Nice - If you haven't already found it, the revised manual may help you. tinyurl.com/wetamanual2021
  11. The only development seems to be of the Watch App which is a separate development by Alan Smith in Australia. https://www.facebook.com/RaceQs-Watch-App-Beta-1686063161677280/ If RaceQs had followed the fremium business model of iRegatta and others I think it would have been a much better business. I note that Julia Berg who made the tutorial videos and was Director of Marketing Communications at RaceQs is no longer at the company. https://www.linkedin.com/in/julia-berg-09215329 Probably didn't help that it was based in the USA where the main market is in Europe - more regat
  12. Not according to the class rules
  13. The top batten was replaced with a thinner section a few months after the first batch of sails was released and dealers were supplied with additional battens for customer who had already bought the sail. Sure there is more luff curve than the Pinhead but I don’t find it excessive and it is possible to capsize in waves in a blow as the head of the sail acts as a lever to push the bow down. The solution is to get your weight well back and not let the main out bear away to spill some wind.
  14. I now think I had the main on too much for the conditions - would have been better to spill some wind in the main and get less healing motion.
  15. You were overtaking boat as we approached the next mark as I had sailed a faster angle after gybing later.
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