With the introduction of a revised Weta for 2015 combined with a new manufacturer (Australian owned Xtreme Sailing Products in Singapore) and and a new sail supplier (North Sails), the Sydney Weta fleet is getting ready for a packed program of events in Sydney Harbour and around the NSW region.
Starting with the Cock of the Harbour Marathon Race (COTH) on 20th October with a course right around Sydney Harbour. The COTH is a Bart’s Bash Event organised by Woollahra Sailing Club (WSC) to raise funds for The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which introduces underprivileged young people to sailing worldwide.
After a successful program of events at Pittwater last year, for this season we have organised a Sydney Harbour Weta Championship (also with WSC) – starting on 27th September and then with monthly race days through to March.
The Wetas are one of the invited classes included in Sail Sydney from 19-20 December with at least 10 Wetas amongst the 300 small boats expected.
We haven’t completely abandoned racing at Pittwater as we’re taking part in the Beware the Bullets regatta on 11th Nov, organised by the excellent Palm Beach Sailing Club, and also the Peter Loft Marathon event organised by Bayview Yacht Racing Club. Featuring a “Le Mans” start the race is a 20km marathon race from Bayview around Lion Island and back – three Wetas were in the top five last year – can we repeat the result?
Other events include the Jervis Bay Regatta on October 3-4 in the inviting waters of Jervis Bay. The ACT Multihull Regatta on Oct 31 – always a challenge with light to strong winds on the same day and, a new event for the Wetas, the Australia Day Regatta and marathon at Kurnell Catamaran Club.
“This season promises to be one of the best ever for the Weta fleet”, said Paul White, “We’ve got a great mixture of events lines up and regular racing on Sydney Harbour will attract more to take part – and there’s still a brand new bargain Weta available at $5000 off the 2015 list price”
by Paul White