Paula who sailied on Yoko in the Latituce Ocean Race tells us her story and some great hand drawn pictures

2015MLSPaulaAfter 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. We circle and head back on the reciprocal course.

I'm now on the helm. Boats still surprise me. I see a wave heading our way that looks particularly large (okay a couple of metres- but it's relative) and I wonder briefly if it will tip or soak us and then it's passed underneath the keel and headed towards the shore.

Directions are shouted from the naviguesser below to the helm- “UP A BIT ”- “STEER 344”- “WHAT ARE YOU STEERING”?-if you get asked this particular question you can bet you're not steering the desired course-when it's decided we have to slow down.

This comes as a shock- we're racing-how do you slow down? We're trying to avoid the wrong tide at the heads. After much consultation over the mobile it is wisely decided that A. we won't hurry, B. we will enter the heads when we get there and C. if any yachts hold out for the flood tide the time spent heaved to can be subtracted from their finish time.

With baited breath from some of us and nonchalance from others we meander into the sloppy seas of the heads- white capped waves everywhere and it seems a never ending passage towards the eventual welcome calmness of the bay.

Elsewhere in the race;

One yacht practised a reverse MOB drill and successful retrieved and returned a divers buoy to the sea.

Drew Price from Time Out made good use of the BtB course and mentor, Bill Marchbank. They have agreed to 'take a number and wait their turn' as they leave the bay finding 2 boats in close proximity while passing a virtual mark makes for interesting navigation. Great results for a newbie to ocean achieving a 3rd, 2nd and 1st for this series. Well done also to Algy Rose and Remedy.

2015MLSPaula2Special thanks to the dedicated ORCV team who got us out there, kept an eye on us and brought us back. Although theoretically one of the easiest races in the ORCV calendar this race can allow new boats and newbie crews on experienced boats to get out of the bay. Thanks for your generosity Robin Hewitt who took 4 new crew onboard.

* Ordinary in yachting terms means either it was cold and rainy or blowing a gale.  For example, “How was your trip”? “Oh, it was a bit ordinary".

  2017 Latitude Overnight Event Weather The weather looks great for this weekend’s Latitude Overnight Event. The synoptic chart shows large approaching high pressure system over Victoria for the weekend which will dominate the wind patterns predominantly W-SW in direction.   The Meteye wind maps for Saturday at 1400 and 2000 are shown below showing winds of around 10 knots in the north Bay and slightly stronger in the southern regions of the Bay.   The forecast Winds near the finish time on Sunday morning follow a similar pattern.   The PredictWind  [ ... ]

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2017 Latitude Series Notice of Events and Sailing Instructions are now out! The Latitude Series is an innovative series of on-water activities to help those new to ocean sailing get started. It also provides a vehicle for established ocean sailors to develop crew members into positions of responsibility in an ocean racing team. This year the series form the on-water component of the ORCV’s Beyond the Bay program. Latitude Overnight Event - warning signal at 1255 (AEST) on Saturday, 21 October 2017. Category 5N event conducted on the waters of Port Phillip with alternative&n [ ... ]

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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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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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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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