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      One option is to mount the camera on the bowsprit facing backwards using a roll-bar mount. Although it’s difficult to avoid snagging the furler line on the camera mount and turning it on without a remote control can be hazardous.

      Probably the best place to mount it is on the end of a camera pole attached to the stern since it gives you a view of your sailing activity and also where you’re going. However, you may not want to create holes in the hull to attach the mount.

      The height of the pole is subjective and depends on the lens angle your camera can capture (150+ deg is good because of the width of the Weta).  I’ve seen some cameras mounted as little as 20cm above the transom to others mounted 2m high – but you need to be aware of creating an obstruction for other boats on a crowded start line and the longer the pole the more it can vibrate.

      If you angle the pole backwards from the stern, not only do you increase the view of the boat because the camera is further away but also you make it unlikely that you will hit the pole or camera when passing the tiller around the stern. I used my 1.35M broomhandle pole both with the standard and traveller bridle setup without any issues.

      There are a few options for this.

      Commercial Products
      RAM Mounts
      have mounts for almost anything but they do tend to be a bit heavy and expensive
      Selfie Sticks can be used but most are too thin to prevent vibration and aren’t suitable for seawater. But fine if you have crew to hold it.
      There are a number of extending “GoPro” selfie sticks on Amazon but none of them seem to be of high quality, according to the reviews. I think a single pole is likely to be less prone to failure and have less vibration.

      Suckastick Mk1

      The Suckastick is a DIY camera pole which combines a glass suction handle and a broom handle or similar pole.
      (The Mk2 version uses a length of carbon tube in place of the broom handle and the cable tie is replaced with a shockcord sail tie to make it easier to attach/remove)

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      You will need:
      – 1x Action Camera
      – 1x Double Glass Suction Handle 
      – 1x Aluminium Broom Handle (2.5cm/1″ dia) or similar pole (lighter is better)
      – 1x Action Camera Handlebar Mount for camera (ensure it can clamp on the pole)
      – 2x Stainless steel hose clamps to fit 2.5cm/1″ tube
      – A shockcord sail tie
      – Electric drill, drill bits and screwdriver.

      1. Using a hacksaw, cut the suction handle vertically between the suction cups to give you two single cups with half a handle each.
      3. Remove the plastic fittings from the broom handle pole (if fitted) – Drill out any rivets holding them in place.
      Tip: Use a pair of mole/plumbers grips held loosely on the pole against the plastic grip and hit the grips with a hammer to remove the grip from the end of the pole.
      2. Cut the top of suction handle lengthwise to enable it to allow the pole to fit. Push the pole into the cut end of the suction handle so that it doesn’t interfere with the suction lever.
      3. If the pole diameter is smaller than the suction cup fitting, wrap tape around it to create a tight fit.
      Tip: Use a screwdriver or marlin spike to open up the split in the handle while inserting the pole
      4. Use the hose clamps to fix the broom handle in place by tightening it over the split suction handle.
      5. Place the sucker so that it is against the rear side of the cockpit of your Weta and so the pole is resting against the transom bar (you may need to experiment with the location to get a flat surface). Pull down the lever to suction it into place.
      6. Put a piece of foam rubber (pipe lagging is good) around the base of the pole where it rests on the transom bar.
      7. Loop the shockcord over the pole and the transom bar so that it crosses over and tightens to brace the pole firmly and reduce vibration.
      8. Clamp the camera mount to the pole (Sony or GoPro mounts recommended because they use marine grade stainless steel) and attach the camera so the crew is in the frame. (safety lanyard recommended).
      9. If the camera has enough battery life, you can turn it on before you go out and off when you return. Otherwise if you have a remote control, or you have enabled WiFi control, you can use that to turn on/off the camera. Otherwise you can turn it on manually rather than trying to stand on the stern, unstick the sucker, tip the pole forward into the boat to turn the camera on then re-position and re-stick the sucker back in place when the camera is running.

      Pole sources
      You can get wooden or aluminium broom handles at Bunnings and other fine DIY stores. Also available are telescopic painters poles in both aluminium and fibreglass. Avoid tubes made of steel even if painted and stainless will be too heavy.

      – Use carbon tube instead of a broom-handle

      Waste Pipe Pole

      Another Weta owner has developed a pole using waste pipe and push-fit connectors.

      He cut a piece of pipe so it was above the height of the transom when resting on the stern lip and then flattened the plastic where it rests against the stern and transom bar using a butane torch (or cigarette lighter). Then joined the longer pipe to it with a 45 degree elbow joint. The base of the pipe is held against the stern with shockcord attached to the mainsheet floor ring and another loop (or cable ties) where it meets the transom bar.



      Windsurfer Wishbone

      Dave from Weta West used 1/2 an old windsurfer wishbone which was bolted under the gunwale on one side and then braced with a piece of pipe bolted to the upper rudder gudgeon plate on the transom bar. It was very effective on his 2011 Double Dammed Race video.


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        If you haven’t already got an Action Camera, there’s some suggestions here which are more suitable and cheaper than the GoPro.

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        Paul White

          Sony Camera Mounts
          If you’re using an action camera, one of the issues is finding suitable mounts that won’t rust on first contact with seawater. GoPro branded mounts are OK, if expensive but they use clamps which can catch a rope.

          Sony mounts are cheaper and have an adjustable rubber strap which provide less for sheets to catch hold of than clamps or thumb screws. The VCT-RMB2  roll-bar mount is ideal for the bowsprit/mast and the VCT-HM2 handlebar mount is ideal for a camera pole.

          Avoid the Kaiser Bass and SP Gadgets mounts as both use mild steel and will soon corrode in seawater.

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