Race to a Latitude
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 or take the next steps to a longer ocean voyage or being part of the traditional Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster and Melbourne to Devonport races in December.
Since its commencement in 2004, the Latitude Series has seen more than 100 yachts, 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 from the traditional ORCV Start line off Queenscliff with warning signal at 10.25 on Saturday 23rd November. 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, 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, from Blairgowrie to Sandringham, with the start times allocated by handicap.
In addition to a great training environment, and the chance to race through 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.
Skippers interested in the assistance of a mentor are encouraged to contact the ORCV Office on 03 9088 7210
All interested skippers should follow the prompts to the online entry page prior to 12.00 on 13th November via this entry link
More information can be found on the Notice of Race here