ORCV Competitor Update Latitude & Coastal Sprints

We're looking forward to a great weekend of Category 3 racing and it's been busy for us getting 2 races ready and concluding the Beyond the Bay program also.  So just a few things to ensure you are aware of:

Trackers 

With both races, ORCV Latitude and West Offshore Coastal Sprints, Blue Water Trackers will be delivered to your club reception by 5pm Thursday afternoon.   How to setup and install your tracker can be found here 

Please ensure you pick up your tracker before departing from your club reception.  Your club location is as per below.

 BOAT NAME CLUB LOCATION
CA BOUGE Special
MINNA HOBSON
E'TOILE MY, via John Gordon
SUMMER LEASE MY via John Gordon
MERSEA RBYC 
RECKLESS RBYC 
JESSABEE RMYS 
SAGACIOUS RMYS 
ARCADIA RMYS
NEXT STEP RMYS
ROZINANTE 11 ROYALS
ALIEN ROYALS
DELL ERA SYC
PARADIGM SHIFT SYC
TRUE COLOURS SYC
MAVERICK SYC
SHIMMER SYC

Please return your trackers to your club reception by Monday OR send them directly back to the ORCV office at 3 Aquatic Drive, Albert Park by no later than 5 days after the race.

We have a post on Facebook this afternoon with how to track you which can be shared with your friends.  If you haven't uploaded your profile photo, please forward this to Delma on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and make sure you include your name.  She's happy to help.  For each race, your tracking links are:

Coastal Sprints:  https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2019-west-offshore-coastal-sprint-1-race

Latitude Ocean: https://race.bluewatertracks.com/2019-orcv-latitude-ocean/boats


Crew Photos

As with all races, it's you that people are interested in and how well you go on your boat.  So as you head to Queenscliff or during your journey, please send us a crew shot.  These can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We will use this with posting your finish times or as a recount of how you found the race.


Race Director and Weather

We will be posting on Thursday a weather prediction to both Facebook and the ORCV website front page.  Please do also do your own predictions before the race.

Your race director contacts for each race can be found on the website:  Latitude here and Coastal Sprints here


Mooring and Catering Arrangments at BYS Saturday Night

Please note: BYS have a 4pm wedding on the lawn and have asked that we are quiet if arriving around that time.

Moorings at Blairgowrie (BYS) marina for competing boats in ORCV Latitude & West Offshore Coastal Sprints who indicated they will be staying for dinner have been kindly made available at no charge by BYS.   Dinner is anticipated to commence at 7.30pm.  We realise that many who have competed in the Coastal Sprints will be heading home but if you'd still like to join us, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday morning.

Yachts berth allocations have been made and are available below.  We really do need your support with catering.  Each yachts crew numbers for Saturday Nights Meal is listed below also.  Please contact us if you want to make any changes to your reservation for dinner. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

It is a condition of entry that boats must berth in accordance with the directions of the BYS Marina Master.  

Some boats may be required to raft up due to size and space restrictions. Please note as guests of BYC we can only berth in BYS marina managers nominated berths and do not berth in unallocated empty berths as this may cause inconvenience to BYS members returning from their day out sailing. 

Boats having any questions regarding their allocated berth or crew dinner reservations should contact us immediately at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BYS Special Instructions PLEASE READ

Once you have secured your boats, there are safes located at the beginning of each arm, before the entry/exit ramps which have regatta passes in them. To access these safes please use the code SMS to you. There will be an bundle of passes for each boat, clearly marked by boat name. Attached is a photo of these safes.

 

Safe at BYSBYS Marina Drop 

Once the boat leaves place the passes in the return drop box that is located in the same area. 

Please make sure you say, Thank you to all those at that you see at BYS for finding berths and assisting make this event GREAT.   Thank you BYS!

Blairgowrie Marina Map pdf click here (269 KB)  

 

BOAT NAME BYS Berth Sat Night
E'TOILE C64
JESSABBE D64
MARIE GRACE C66
PARADIGM SHIFT D63
SAGACIOUS C/D T Head
TRUE COLOURS A/B T Head
ROZINANTE II D61
SUMMER'S LEASE E40
ALIEN D62
MERSEA E T Head


Have fun and stay safe.
Delma & Tim
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