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, the ORCV has been running the very popular Latitude Series in November each year since 2004, and has assisted in excess of 100 skippers and crew make the transition from Bay racing to Ocean racing.

The format of the Series consists of:

  • A short ocean race commencing at 10:00 Saturday 24th November, 2018 from the traditional ORCV Start Line off Queenscliff and race out through Port Phillip Heads to a specified latitude, with each boat to choose which direction to sail to reach its appointed latitude in the shortest time possible, and then upon turning at the latitude, race back to Port Phillip Heads in time for the next Slack Water, and on to the finish line at the Portsea Pier.
  • Berthing for the night and dinner at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron (BYS), including the Presentation for prizes for the Latitude Ocean Race.
  • A Pursuit Race commencing at 09:00 Sunday 25th November, 2018 from BYS to the Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) finish line.

The Latitude Ocean Race is safety Category 3 and the Latitude Pursuit Race is Safety Category 6. The self-assessment Audit Form for Category 3 can be found HERE.

Entries are still open if you have not yet entered and would like to join us.

Find the Race Entry Page HERE or contact the ORCV Office on 03 9088 7210 for further assistance.

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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