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Under certain conditions you may loan a Weta from DSA on long or short term agreements - or we can tell you where you can test sail one.

The Weta is not specifically designed for disabled people and if you are very foolish, in certain conditions you can capsize it. But it will not sink and it is fairly easy to right it.

Despite what you hear from the boat manufactures and class associations that their boats wont capsize and they are good for disabled people, all the boats used by disabled people at the moment will, and do capsize, and some are very difficult to right.

I know of 2 Sonars and a 2.4 that sank while racing. But all of the boats used have problems that only new types of boat will deal with. These are just a few pictures I have taken at national regattas. 2.4 being swamped, Challengers capsizing, sorry White Formular but they do, Hansas capsizing and not being able to see to windward when sailing fast.

I am not saying the Weta is the be all and end all of disabled sailing but it offers something for almost everyone, and it does not really have any nasty vices, a great sail training boat and an outrageous racer depending on how you use it.

While the Weta has a reputation as a fast boat ( it is capable of over 20 knots) in all normal conditions it can easily be sailed slowly safely and sedately. The Weta is actually a very good light air sailer and a very good stable training platform with the trampolines a perfect seat for an instructor.

If you observe normal safety considerations this is a very well behaved dinghy and an absolute delight to sail by inexperienced and experienced alike. It is comfortable and stable for beginners and with all sails on and a brisk breeze will absolutely delight racing sailors

The dinghy can be sailed with or without seating ( almost any kind of seat can be fitted without any modifications to the craft itself), you simply fix your seat to the existing hike eyelets. The steering is equally easy to convert and can be done in many ways as you can see from the pictures.

Both seat and steering can be designed to be fitted or removed in less than 2 minutes.

The actual dinghy is very light indeed and very simple to rig and derig.

You can use any combination of sails to sail the Weta, just the main, the main and jib, main and spinnaker, what ever you like or the conditions call for, check out the photo gallery.

It is a very versatile dinghy indeed and is stable and spacious enough to be just a fun boat with up to four youngsters as crew but with all sails on and a two person crew it is as fast as you wish, nimble and a super training or racing platform.

IMPORTANT - DSA conversions are individually designed and built and are not tested or sanctioned by the Dinghy Manufacturer and may void any warranty.

World Sailing (WS) ( the former International federation for Disabled Sailing - IFDS) have included the Weta in their plans as a Paralympic development boat and have not really confirmed how it is to be sailed.

The WS do not have a great deal of experience with the Weta and we assume they are hoping disabled people will sort classes out for themselves as has happened in the other classes.

There are already disabled people competing in club open regattas and doing reasonably well, with and without adapted boats. The success of the class will be much faster if this continues, but Weta fleet racing will have to be promoted to keep WS interested.


RACING - For the time being four classes will raced by disabled people in Wetas:-

Class 1
a) Single crew.
b)Must remain in one position all the time they are on the boat.
c) Any adaption that does not enhance the performance is allowed subject to the disabled class association safety officer.
d) Recommended Portsmouth number 1150.
e) Minimum crew and adaptations weight 100kg.

Class 2
a) Single crew.
b) No adaptations except a device may be fitted between trampolines to assist transfers side to side.
c) Recommended Portsmouth number 1000.
d) Minimum crew and adaptations weight 100kg.

Class 3
a) Two crew one of which will comply with Class 1b and 1c rule applies.
b) Recommended Portsmouth number 1100.
c) Minimum crew and adaptations weight 200kg .

Class 4
a) open as per main class association rules.
b) a device may be fitted between trampolines to assist transfers side to side.

A sailing test report on the Weta can be found at