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Managed to survive my maiden voyage around the cans today in Canberra. Not a great day for sailing, 0-1 knot drifter. Only managed one lap of the cans as the race committee wisely shortened course.
Did all the noob Weta tricks – like, only realising I threaded the main halyard the wrong way after setting everything else up. Mast down practice! And putting the self-furling gennaker lines to the right of the mast rather than the left. No big deal, but I presume the cleat on the left is for cleating the gennaker furling line. Other than that I think I got the setup reasonably okay, although I think I need to apply more tension to the gennaker halyard. Could not get the hook for the mainsheet through the clew board, used a shackle instead.
In the ultra light conditions the arm that holds the rudder down kept popping out. I presume this is because of the lack of pressure.
On the road trailer front I picked up an old flatbed motorcycle trailer. Has good tie-down points and is very solid (too solid for a Weta really). Still experimenting with the load setup, trying to move the Weta as far forward as possible to get some weight on the towball. More fiddling in this area.
Rumour control here is that there is a Weta in the boatpark, although I have not seen it. Has not registered for racing so perhaps it is a recreational sailor only. The boat generated a fair bit of interest. One guy was very keen so would not be surprised if the local fleet was to grow reasonably soon. From now until Christmas is traditionally the “windy” part of the sailing season in these parts. With a little luck I’ll get the Weta up and going and see if it generates more interest from there.
As mentioned elsewhere, if I can get some time on the boat and get the trailer aspect organised I’ll try and make the JB regatta.
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