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    Paul WhitePaul White
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    Tacking and gybing the Weta solo means you often have to do three jobs at the same time – handle the tiller, tack the jib and gybe the gennaker – which is fine if you get it right every time but can cause havoc on a crowded turning mark.

    The Weta Self Tacking JIb kit takes care of one of those tasks so you can concentrate on sailing and keeping your eyes out of the boat.  It also means there’s less rope to tread on or get caught around your foot.

    In the recent Queensland State Championships, the two leaders both with self-tackers, had a 15 tack dual up the last beat that ended with a dead heat. Try doing 15 tacks in a row without making a mistake.

    No fixings are required to attach the track to the deck – just the right adhesive – and tracks are available for both older (<#1000) and newer boats. The sail is 6% smaller but deeper cut and in race testing, it’s proved to be no slower than the standard jib because you make up ground in the tacks and gybes.

    Standard colour of the track supports is white – custom colours available with boat order.

    The installation guide is here

    Note that the central track support doesn’t seem to be necessary as in practice we’ve found there’s little stress there when the jib is tacking.

     

    Here’s Glenn executing a perfect planing gybe using the Self Tacker in a fresh breeze, while keeping his weight at the back of the boat.

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