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 thrill of racing out through Port Phillip Heads and into Bass Strait for the first time.
The Latitude Series is made up of two different races on consecutive days.
The first race is the Latitude Ocean Race, a Category 3 race which is scheduled to commence at 0925 on the 24th, from the traditional ORCV Start line off Queenscliff. From a fleet start, competitors make their way south towards the Port Phillip Heads, ensuring they round the specified virtual marks to keep them in safe water and out of the way of commercial shipping, and then once clear of the Heads, make their way to a specified latitude, which designates their turning location.
The specified Latitude is different for each competitor, with the faster boats being set a latitude further south than the slower competitors. Each competitor then chooses which direction to sail with regards to wind angle to maximise their speed to reach their specified latitude.
The handicap latitude position is set with the intention of having all boats back to the Heads and back in the Bay by the next Slack Water time of 1540, where they will then race east to the finish line off the Portsea Pier, with the first boat over the line deemed the winner. The fleet will then go on to a great night of hospitality at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.
The second race is the Latitude Pursuit Race, a Category 6 race, which will see the fleet race back up the Bay on Sunday the 25th of November, from Blairgowrie to Sandringham, commencing at 0900 (first warning 0955), with the start times allocated by handicap.
In addition to a great training environment, and the chance to race through the notorious Port Phillip Heads Rip twice, novice skippers also have the opportunity to seek further guidance through the support of one of our highly experienced Mentors, who can assist with boat and race preparation, and also sail with you and your crew for further guidance.
All interested skippers should follow the prompts to the online entry page and enter today HERE