British Class Association
WetaWetaswarm June 2018
An account of the very enjoyable June swarm may be found here https://www.wetamarine.com/news-and-events/weta-swarm-at-weston-sailing-club-uk/.
The results are attached.
Winds on the first day were moderate to fresh. The racing was good. Conditions were much lighter the next day.R
Rank Fleet Sail Number Club Helm Crew Rating
1st Weta 338 Seasalter SC John Fairclough 960
2nd Weta 132 Tony Curtis 960
3rd Weta 133 Chris Hodge 960
4th Weta 111 John Watts 960
5th Weta 248 Weston SC Mike Stanier ? 960
6th Weta 830 Highcliffe SC Mark Busby Pete Cailes 960
7th Weta 119 Graeme Webb 960
8th Weta 833 Andy Greenaway Mike Cooney 960
6 4 16 16
Weta Swarm 2016 -
17th and 18th September 2016 – Weston Sailing Club, Southampton.
The weather was superb - warm and summery. The wind on the first day was at the top end of comfortable while on the second day it was quite light and fluky and faded towards the end. We had about 8 boats, four singlehanded. Of those racing reasonably seriously Charles Strick had a turn of speed and ability to point which put him well ahead of anyone else. He claims not to have raced seriously before. Fortunately for the rest of us he, along with much of the rest of the feet, failed to identify the leeward mark correctly in the first race and set off in the direction of the Isle of Wight before being caught by a rescue boat and turned round. George Morris and Tony Curtis were reasonably well matched, Tony’s record being spoilt by a navigational error on day one and George’s by sailing into a wind hole on day two. MarkB was sailing his Weta for the first time and managed to stay upright and get round the course successfully. Tim Griffiths arrived as a new owner fresh from the Shanghai Yacht Club which has over 20 Wetas.
Slightly longer report
Weta Swarm / Nationals at Weston Sailing Club, Southampton, UK - weekend of 16-18 September, 2016
As new Weta owners, we (Mark, Thomas and I) approached our first Weta Swarm with a mixture of excitement and nervousness - would it rain all weekend? Would Mark be able to manage the boat on his own? - the UK in Autumn can be unpredictable..
Thankfully the weather behaved itself! It stayed dry on the Friday when everyone arrived to set up their tents, caravans and boats, provided strong winds on the Saturday and then lighter winds on the Sunday when the sun came out and the weather was glorious - especially for mid-September! Luckily, it also stayed dry all weekend - nice if you're in a tent - before pouring down on Monday when we were all safety back home.
There were a lot of boats down at Weston - several catamaran classes were there as part of their national racing programme, plus local boats and, of course, eight Wetas. It made for a busy weekend both on and off the water - but the cat sailors were a friendly bunch and brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the sailing, drinking, dinners and dancing!
Friday night was a fish and chips supper and drinks which went down very well - apart from with poor Thomas who was up during the night (I think his mum's oven-made F&C are a lot less greasy than the chip shop’s).
Mark had only sailed his Weta once before (helped by Pete) and had never raced at all, so there was a lot to learn for him as he went out solo into Saturday's strong winds (Northerly 15-20 kts, gusting 25). Wisely, he decided to go out with only the mainsail rigged and managed to make his way without incident around the sailing area - thoroughly enjoying himself - although with no idea where the course was; the strong winds made for exhilarating sailing for everyone else, most of whom didn’t know where the course was either.
Saturday night was drinks in the clubhouse followed by a curry, then a band and dancing for the brave. Many thanks to Weston who did a great job of organising the whole weekend - even going so far as to arrange a daily parade of majestic cruise ships (including the Queen Mary 2) for our viewing from the beautiful meadow next to the clubhouse where we'd set up our tent.
Sunday provided sunshine but only light winds (Northerly 5 to 10 kts) which meant the sailors tended to drift around a bit rather than the charging of the previous day. Mark felt sufficiently emboldened to rig and deploy all three sails on his boat and noticeably gained in confidence through the weekend (if not in actual skill!).
The prize-giving ceremony saw Tony receive the coveted 'clanger bell' award for trying to sneak his Weta into Weston's boat-park by going through the security fence and also 3rd prize too, George got 2nd (though perhaps he should also get a prize for distance travelled as Southampton was just a way-point for him on his trip from Scotland to Germany!) with Charles shooting up the score-board from last year to scoop 1st place. Weta class AGM followed on with news of next year's swarm in Cornwall to look forward to.
We enjoyed our first chance to meet the very friendly fellow Weta owners and had a great weekend. Mark certainly learned a lot and is impressed with the Weta's versatility - and speed! A big thank-you from all to Pete and Weston for organising everything.
Minutes of the AGM, held in a field at Weston Sailing Club, 18 Sept 2016
State of the class. New Wetas have not exactly been selling like hot cakes but a number of second hand boats have become available including two re-imported from Ireland which should increase the number of active sailors.
Other relevant information. There is to be a central Weta store somewhere in Europe from which dealers can draw boats, thus reducing the amount of capital required for stock.
The next Nationals will be in Rock in May.
Finances. The class has about £300, about 120 of which will be needed for our RYA affiliation fee. If we need any more, donations will be requested as in previous years.
Election of Officers. The meeting expressed satisfaction with the way the class was being administered and George Morris was re-elected to the post of chairman.
Date and time of next meeting: May 2017 at the Nationals at Rock.
All those in favour?
Preliminary Notice of Race
There will be a swarm/regatta at Weston on 1 /2 June 2019. There have been feelers from the French who are asking to join in.