2014 Latitude series entry now open.

The Latitude event comprises an entry level Ocean Race / Challenge on the Saturday 22/11 plus a return to Melbourne rally on the Sunday 23/11. It represents the culmination of the "Beyond the Bay" program which sees participants head out in a safe, controlled manner to a predefined Latitude and then return on the same day to safely transit the Heads and join a social night at Blairgowrie Yacht Club on the Saturday night. On Sunday people can cruise home or join a more formal rally with other competitors.

For those thinking of getting into Ocean Racing or for novice skippers and crew, the Latitude race is a unique, fun way of doing so. Designed to be a tactical challenge, participants must match the route to the optimum performance of their boat. People must reach a defined Latitude, but are free to go to any Longitude they wish.

Join in the fun, give it a go.

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We had a fleet of 12 but the weather has resulted in 6 withdrawals so congratulations to the skippers and crew who are making the effort and are heading into Bass Strait tomorrow. Algy Rose Skippered by Nigel Rose and his crew, Renee Buchanan, David Schuller, Andrew Cuddon and Chris Raywood   Arcadia Skippered by Steve Thompson and his crew Nicklas Werneman, Ian Lyall, Barry Wilson, Svetlana Pashchenko, Peter Davison, Jonathan Garber,Eduardo Haro, Alan Watkins and Ronan Lynch Escapade Skippered by Robert Bradley and his crew Michael Bradley, Edel Doyle, John Smith, Katrina Ha [ ... ]

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  Latitude Ocean Race, What are your Navigation Options? For those of you have not experienced the Latitude ocean race, it is a handicap race were each boat races to a latitude and the unique part is you can turn at any longitude. So this gives you many options, what is the least distance and fastest point of sail. With the advent of technology and software it can make the job easier. If you look below we have used the PredictWind Weather Routing (https://www.predictwind.com/) to look at a number of options.  These options are using the Polars from a Beneteau First 40 so if you lo [ ... ]

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Latitude 2018 Weather Update   A review of the weather for the Latitude Ocean is showing quite manageable conditions with a southwesterly between 15 to 20 knots, possibly turning more southerly at a similar strength later.  No warnings are currently issued but we will be checking again tomorrow for those. Sunday is more of the same but slightly lighter at 10 to 15 knots, a good wind for a fast return to your home clubs, well for some of you anyway. Many of you will be going down to the race area on Friday, either ear [ ... ]

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2018 Latitude Sailing Instructions are now available. The Sailing Instructions for the Latitude Ocean race and Latitude Pursuit race can be found HERE. It is that time of year again when all ocean racers, either seasoned veterans or those aspiring to take on new challenges and follow their passion for the sport beyond the limits of Port Phillip, turn their attention towards the iconic Christmas races of the Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster, Melbourne to Devonport and the holy grail, the Sydney to Hobart. To assist skippers and crew of all standards prepare for the challenges that lie ahead,  [ ... ]

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2018 Latitude Series – 24th and 25th November, 2018 The Latitude Series Notice of Race is now available HERE. The Latitude Series is the ORCV’s premier offshore training event for aspiring ocean racing skippers and crew, and seasoned campaigners alike, looking to hone their skills ahead of the traditional Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster and Melbourne to Devonport races in December. Since its commencement in 2005 with 14 boats and more than 90 crew, the Latitude Series has seen more than 70 yachts and 400 crew, experience this unique racing challenge, with most of them experiencing the t [ ... ]

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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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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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