"West Offshore Products" Coastal Sprint Races is a new initiative from ORCV in response to skippers wanting more Category 3 races.

ORCV has launched a new Cat 3 Coastal Sprint Series in support of a growing fleet, and in response to skippers wanting more Category 3 races. The three-race series starts on 23 November with a Westernport return race. Race 2 is slated for 15 February and Race 3 for 10 April. All races are approximately 50nm, starting from Queenscliff and finish at Portsea back beach.  In addition, West Offshore Products has signed up to be the naming sponsor for the series.

The Series is a textbook training platform when combined with the popular Apollo Bay Race. Recognising a gap to be filled, ORCV conducted extensive research with Category 2 boat owners. A lot of these owners and their crews are on the fringes of considering Category 2 offshore races, which requires training, skill, confidence and investing in equipment.

Arcadia is one of those entered for the ORCVs new Coastal Sprint Series Bruno Cocozza pic

Arcadia Photography Bruno Cocozza

For Peter Davison, owner of the Archambault 40 Cruiser/Racer, Arcadia, the Coastal Sprint Series is just what the doctor ordered and could not have come at a better time. "I've got some seasoned crew and some less seasoned crew. I'm trying to fast track them into a fully seasoned team for offshore races, including this year's Sydney Hobart," he says.

"We're also doing some Bay races, but the Sprint Series gives you longer races and racing on the ocean. The point is, we are a crew and need time together understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses and understanding how the boat works. The other thing is, I just like racing, so training and team building aside, we do as much racing as we can because we love it," says Davison.  More information

Results from Coastal Sprints and Latitude Ocean Races

Results from Coastal Sprints and Latitude Ocean Races Results are in for yesterday’s two Category 3 races, the Inaugural West Offshore Coastal Sprint to Western Port and return and the 2019 ORCV Latitude Ocean Race .  The Latitude race runs each year although in this race, was the final stage for the Beyond the Bay participants who ventured into Bass Strait under the guidance of an ORCV Mentor. 2019 West Offshore Coastal Sprints Race 1 Line Honors ARCADIA - Skippered by Peter Davison with an elapsed time of 13:14:04 AMS
🥇ALIEN (Justin Brenan)
🥈ARCADIA (Peter Davison)
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3 days to go Latitude and Coastal Sprints

3 days Until Registrations Close for Coastal Sprints and Latitude The 23rd & 24th of November will be a busy weekend of sailing, with both the Latitude series and the inaugural West Offshore Coastal Sprint series taking place. Both races are Category 3 and are designed for those new to ocean sailing or looking for further crew development opportunities. Enter here for Coastal Sprints Enter here for Latitude Series