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The weather was kind to the Canberra fleet for Round One of the Canberra Yacht Club 2016/17 sailing season. Although only 17C with scattered clouds the breeze was a pleasant, if gusty, 10-12 kts. The sailing muscles that had been resting over winter were rudely awakened as the gusts came down the course. A fun day to start the season.
The Weta fleet, as per usual, were in close contact for most of the day and featured some exciting crosses during the afternoon. Eventually 860 – Andy Weiss broke from the field and scored the first win of the season.
If you are interested in joining the local fleet there are two relatively cheap boats on the market. One local and one in Sydney ($9000).27 July 2016 at 7:32 am in reply to: Weta performance in light wind (less than 10 knots) #1407
Hi CA sailor,
I sail on an inland lake, and we get a lot of light air days. At zero knots of wind, even trailor sailors will drift past – but let’s face it those conditions are miserable no matter what you sail. But once you get any sort of light air, the Weta will out-perform all the dinghies and catamarans. We have found in very light conditions you can almost use the jennaker in any point of sail.
So it depends on what type of sailing you are talking about. If you sail in a regular club competition where you have to take what you get each club racing day, and if what you get is a lot of light air, then the Weta can do the business. If you only sail when the conditions are right for an exciting ride, then I suggest you wait for the right conditions no matter what you sail!
Sunday 13 Sep was the first of the CYC Short Course program. Frustratingly, good winds were forecast for Saturday and Monday with Sunday having a 4-5 knot breeze dying into the evening.
With 860 on duty in the Committee Boat it was again an “America’s Cup” event between 904 and 963. The course consisted of a “triangle and a sausage.” The triangle was completed with 904 having the windward advantage. 904 was the first to tack while 963 decided to bang the layline. This proved to be a mistake and 904 turned onto the home leg with a handy lead.
With the race all but sewn up, the PRO decided to abandon the race! Much to the amusement of the catamaran fleet as it was probably the first time in two years that 904 was leading on the home leg.
The pre-start of the second race saw the breeze freshen a little. 963 and most of the catamaran fleet (Div 4 and 5 start together) positioned for a run to the line while 904 stayed in close proximity. It turned out that 904 was correct as the breeze lightened in the final minute leaving the bulk of the fleet too far from the start.
With a significant early lead it looked like the race was 904’s for the taking. Although 963 made good ground on the final leg, 904 crossed the finish line for a good win.
On the light wind days it is possible for the Weta to give the catamarans a run for their money. Once the cats get enough breeze to lift a hull they soon tend to disappear up front. The shape of Lake Burley Griffen does not generally suit boats with a gennaker/screecher. So a 14 ft cat sitting on the rumb-line tends to have similar VMG to the Weta zig-zagging its way down.
Round One of the Canberra YC saw 52 boats greet the starter. The regular Weta contingent of three boats attended, although one scored duty in the tower. The forecast high teens turned into 15C with light to lighter breeze/draft! Not exactly the best conditions for the Weta with our modest sail-plan. 904 had a good start and extended to a good lead over 860. However, it was 860 rounding the top mark first closely followed by 904.
A very light patch followed, and 860 showed superior patience and was first to the new breeze and scooted away. After that it was how much was 860 going to win by. On the last leg of the day 904 was able to find a good line to the finishing buoy and made a possible thumping into a modest second. The personal handicaps carried over from the previous season, seeing 904 get the bottle of wine. A compensation for the challenging conditions of the day.
Oops! Sorry about that, you look like your brother! Perhaps I should put you down as second-favourite then. Anyway, well done to both of you. As the Weta circuit grows hopefully we can come up with something more appropriate as far as a prize goes for the ACT Championship and perhaps put together some sort of ACT/NSW traveller’s series. Depends what the membership want. Next year we hope to offer competitors and families a Weta Regatta evening of some description – at the cheap end a BBQ through to a dinner at a restaurant/club. We had plans for a BBQ at CYC but we heard that the YMCA was putting something on so we thought we should attend that. When we got there, there was only one sausage left!
Nice conditions for taking the kids out for a spin. Glad to hear they enjoyed their ride and the weekend in Canberra. The smaller race track, lighter winds (than JB) and short courses kept the fleet in close proximity. I think everyone enjoyed their weekend and looking forward to the next event.
The inaugural ACT Weta Championship was held in conjunction with the YMCA Sailing Club ACT Multihull Championship conducted on the 18-19 October 2014. An excellent turnout for the Weta fleet with ten boats greeting the starter. Six boats from interstate joined the local fleet of four boats. At the scheduled start of race one conditions were perfect for anything but sailing! After a frustrating three and a half hour wait many competitors had retired to the beach and were packing up. The PRO sniffed a breeze and announced a start in the next hour. Much to everyone’s relief the race team were able to get two races completed. Far better conditions on Sunday with a further three races completed.
The early favourite, following a sterling win at the Jervis Bay regatta, was Alistair King (709) . Thought to be an early scratching in favour of the Hobie 16 division, he could not resist the quality Weta field that had assembled and joined the fleet. Unlike Jervis Bay, this time he teamed up with Emma King.
And the pre-race favourite did not let the punters down winning the championship with two bullets and three second placings. Peter Graham (845) claimed second place and Rohan Armstrong (963) was the best of the local sailors. Very pleasing to see Peter Duross (925) join the fleet for his first sail as a skipper. Although having extensive big boat experience this is his first campaign as an owner/skipper. After moving to Canberra from Darwin, Antony Moor (762) had his first taste of Weta fleet sailing.