Beyond the Bay thank you! from Martin Vaughan

"Huge thanks to many people who volunteered their time to make the BTB overnight challenge a success. To Ray for his Director role and all his support team, to Neville, George and others on the radio, to Sally for the shirts, prizes and organising us all, to all the mentors especially those on the boats, to Hobsons Bay yc for hosting us, Lynda and the team catering and finally to skippers and crew who made the event. If we forgot others thank you too. ORCV is a great yachting community, see you on the water, hopefully for Latitude."

The first of our on-water events has been a great success. The sun shone, the wind gods were kind (if not a little exhausted toward the latter stages of the event) and the moonlit night made for great sailing conditions.

Congratulations to all participants - the feedback on facebook and photos indicate that much fun was had on the water and afterwards at Hobsons Bay Yacht Club.

Results for the 2014 Beyond the Bay Overnight Event:

Non Spinnakers
FOXY LADY B126 Sue Slater 188.8
LARA B614 Sarah Patterson 182.5
MERLOT H381 Graham Cantelo 171.9
RED SKY @ NIGHT R484 Tony Van Broekhuize 165.6
MYSTIC 6547 David Norton 161.1
BONNIE LASS H861 Vanessa Reynolds 159.6
SOLITAIRE 1162 Dean Newlan 154.9
UHURU OF MELBOURNE R300 Malcolm Botterill 154.1
MANTA G380 Hal Braley 151.3
SELKIE H7077 David James 149.8
ISLA S391 James Cook 136.8
DE'TENTE M32 Ross Churcher 116.6
ROMA H62 John Price 94
BABS H3316 Derek Ryan DNF
WHIMAWAY 955 Hans Kopans DNF

Spinnakers
BLAISE PASCAL H365 Nick Woodley 204.2
WHITE NOISE SM3535 Daniel Edwards 170.2
AVANTI H401 Peter McDonald 156
WILD SIDE SM360 Thomas Vaughan 152.1
QUEST OF BERMUDA R41525 Marilyn Parsons 147.7
DRY WHITE SM401 Susan Bumstead 146.2
CHRISTINE S77 Paul Bunn 137.8
LUPA WYLO G537 Geoff Sadler 117
BLUE LAGOON G621 Neil Boyd DSQ
ELESSAR G136 Rob Richardson DNS
FOLIE A DEUX B333 Michael Dundon DNS
MINNA H20 Richard Downey DNS

2016 ORCV LATITUDE WEEKEND This weekend’s weather is dominated by a broad high pressure system approaching the state during Saturday which will persist for the weekend until the next cold front moves in early next week. Winds at the start of the Latitude Ocean Race are forecast to be light (5-10knots) westerly, moving more southerly throughout the day which should make for an ideal day for new crews to experience the Heads and Bass Strait. Blairgowrie will be extending their usual hospitality to the crews with an all-you-can-eat BBQ on Saturday evening and egg-and-bacon rolls/coffee [ ... ]

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2016 Take off to a Latitude The Latitude Ocean and Pursuit events on 19th and 20th November 2016. These events are open to all interested yachties venturing for a short race out the Heads and back to Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron for the celebration-bragging rights, tall tales… For events documents and online entry visit the Latitude Page.

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ORCV & Wyndham Harbour present 2016 Grand Yacht and Powerboat Muster. Coming up at the start of September, Sat/Sun 3rd/4th, is our pre-season get together - the Grand Yacht and Powerboat muster at the new Wyndham Harbour Marina. Wyndham Harbour have renewed their sponsorship of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) and are now our major sponsor so come along, bring your friends and check out our new sponsor.

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2015MLS Paula story

Paula who sailied on Yoko in the Latituce Ocean Race tells us her story and some great hand drawn pictures After our midday shed we're asked to maintain a listening watch for an upcoming announcement and the news is our turning latitude is reduced by 3nm. The original bearing would have been another 1/2 hour but we can hear the Blairgowrie YS calling and we have been thumping into it since the start of the race. Our overnight trip down the bay last night had been a bit 'ordinary'* so the reduction in thumping time and possible resurrection of dozing  crew would make a welcome reprieve. W [ ... ]

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2015 Latitude weather watch - Instalment 2
Sometimes I think I might as well be reading fish entrails instead of studying the computer weather models. Lets see what has and hasn’t changed in the last 24 hours.
What has changed -
Friday -
1. Not much sign of a sea breeze on Friday anymore. Those of you planning to head off early Friday morning in time for a daylight passage and dinner in Queenscliff will be motoring to begin with until a gentle breeze establishes itself from the west in the afternoon.
2. If you have a choice (and we should always have one) 8pm in the evening is not a good time g [ ... ]

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2015 Latitude weather watch - Instalment 1, Getting to the start. Welcome to the ORCV’s latest service - "The Optimist’s Weather Watch”
As usual, warnings apply regarding the reliability of any attempt to read the weather. There is the usual BOM caveat of "Wind gusts may be up to 40% stronger, waves may be up to twice the height” In this case you can add “wind direction could be up to 30 degrees off the directions given here (in which case you can bet  it will be going forward not shifting to the beam)” Since the first job is getting to the start we’ll begin with a look at  [ ... ]

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2015 New Perpetual Trophy dedicated for the Latitude Event Ian Mackenzie was an accomplished yachtsman, and owned and skippered the yacht Supertramp R1080, a Spencer 12.41 metre vessel. Throughout the 1990s, Ian developed a reputation for taking novice sailors to sea in Supertramp and giving them a taste of Bass Strait and the coastline of Tasmania. Ian was a regular participant in the Victoria offshore races and many sailors owe their start in offshore racing to Ian.
With the sudden passing of Ian last year, his widow Louise and some of his past crew members decided to create a memorial troph [ ... ]

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2015 Latitude Race: Blairgowrie put out the new welcome mat. After the Latitude Ocean race on Saturday 21/11/15, ORCV boats and their crew will be hosted in the new Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron facilities. CATERING
Dinner and breakfast will be available on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Meals can be ordered from the Bar. On Saturday after racing, BYS will also have a cash BBQ with burgers, steak etc. for hungry yachties. BERTHING The Marina is currently undergoing major construction work so NO BOATS ARE TO ENTER PENS. These areas are not fully secured, so please respect this request fro [ ... ]

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  Beyond The Bay Overnight Challenge Update   The weather map is driven by a high pressure system that will influence the weather on Saturday ahead of a trough that will increasingly impact the weather on Sunday. Winds at start time are forecast to be southerly at about 10 knots, moving easterly through the afternoon/evening and lightening by late evening. By early morning, winds are forecast for move more northerly and begin to freshen from the north reaching twenty knots by early morning.   The overall weather pattern will certainly challenge navigators an [ ... ]

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2015 Beyond the Bay Registration closing soon After the success of last year’s programme, we are conducting this course again in 2015.
Incorporating five seminars and two on-water events, this is an opportunity to gain the necessary skills and confidence for venturing Beyond the Bay to “Live your dream”.
Programme starts on Monday 11th May 2015 and there are places available so don’t miss out - REGISTER now.
More information HERE.

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