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The 2015 Weta ACT Championship was conducted in conjunction with the ACT Multihull Regatta held on the 31 Oct – 1 Nov weekend. The PRO allowed the Weta’s to have their own start and four boats greeted the starter; three local boats (860, 904, 963) and one from Sydney (842). A nice breeze of 4-8 knots sprang up (with periods of low wind, this is lake sailing after all!) and racing was underway on time. As usual racing was tight and it was the final buoy rounding, combined with an increasing breeze, that decided the result. 963 taking the gun, with 904 and 860 following. 842 withdrew after a navigational omission.
Race two saw 904 at the top mark first, only to round the buoy in the wrong direction! Some gentlemanly advice had the fleet heading in the right direction. 963 made it back to back wins with 842, 863 and 904 filling the minor placings.
Race three commenced in dramatic style as 963 and 863 had an interesting discussion on the starting line, enabling 904 to jump to a handy lead. Although challenged at times it was 904 to break 963’s dominance and score a win, with 860, 963 and 842 following.
During the day’s racing the wind varied between sitting on the arma to light wind.
The forecast looked better for day two but it was not to be. The wind cycled through giving competitors hope of good sailing only to die away again. Race four saw 963 sew up the series with a win, three bullets would be enough. Race five was won by 863 to share first place amongst three boats.
With one drop in the series the final result was: 1st 963 – Rohan Armstrong (9 total, net 6), 2nd 860 – Andrew Weiss (11/8), 3rd 904 – Leigh Nielsen (12/8), 842 – Geoff Waldon making sure everyone got home safely.
The fleet enjoyed close racing throughout the hotly contested series, with effective mark rounding’s and downwind speed being the key to success.
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