Latitude Mentoring Competitor Support Program

 

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The Melbourne Latitude Series (MLS) provides unique tactical and navigation challenges for ocean racers of all levels, coupled with a competitor support program and mentoring support for ocean racing beginners. The ORCV ocean racing calendar has a well designed range of short, medium and long distance ocean races that competitors can progress through. The Latitude Series of races further enhances the racing calendar at the lower end of the scale.

The Latitude Series competitor support program includes seminars tailored for the transition from 'Round the Sticks' Bay racing to Ocean Racing. It covers areas such as, Safety Requirements, Yacht Preparation, Crew Management and Ocean Racing Evolution.

Mentoring is available from experienced ocean sailors for both off and on the water and for before, during and after racing.

The ORCV already has an existing regular training programme to deliver safety, first-aid, marine communications and meteorological information to sailors. These have been bolstered for the Latitude Mentoring Series  with a comprehensive competitor support program of seminars to take you from 'Round-the-Sticks' to ocean racing.  Please book in early to avoid disapointment for the following training events:

                                  Course

              Time

               Date

        Location
Safety and Sea Survival Course (SSSC)

   Saturday 30th November and

Sunday 1st December 2013

               

   

South Yarra Sports Centre
 

 

 

Latitude Seminar 1: Introduction and Yacht Preparation

  • Latitude Concept
  • Mentoring
  • Upgrade path Cat 4 to Cat 3

       Monday 28th October 2013

                   1900hrs

          Helly Hansen Store

Hardware Lane 

Melbourne

Rip Tour of Port Phillip Heads       TBA  Sorrento & Queenscliff boarding

Latitude Seminar 2: Crew Management & Ocean Racing Evolution

  • Crew management, watches, sea sickness, morale
  • Evolution to ocean racing
  • Getting to the start line
  • Safety procedures &Briefing
  • Pre-race preparation
  • Race Management

       Monday 11th November 2013

                    1900hrs

          

Helly Hansen Store

Hardware Lane 

Melbourne

Latitude Ocean Race        Saturday 23rd November 2013  
Latitude Pursuit Race         Sunday 24th November 2013  

 

Click on the course links for more details and online registration for Latitude SeminarsSSSC, and Rip Tour courses.  

 

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2017 Latitude Series Notice of Events and Sailing Instructions are now out! The Latitude Series is an innovative series of on-water activities to help those new to ocean sailing get started. It also provides a vehicle for established ocean sailors to develop crew members into positions of responsibility in an ocean racing team. This year the series form the on-water component of the ORCV’s Beyond the Bay program. Latitude Overnight Event - warning signal at 1255 (AEST) on Saturday, 21 October 2017. Category 5N event conducted on the waters of Port Phillip with alternative&n [ ... ]

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Sometimes I think I might as well be reading fish entrails instead of studying the computer weather models. Lets see what has and hasn’t changed in the last 24 hours.
What has changed -
Friday -
1. Not much sign of a sea breeze on Friday anymore. Those of you planning to head off early Friday morning in time for a daylight passage and dinner in Queenscliff will be motoring to begin with until a gentle breeze establishes itself from the west in the afternoon.
2. If you have a choice (and we should always have one) 8pm in the evening is not a good time g [ ... ]

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2015 New Perpetual Trophy dedicated for the Latitude Event Ian Mackenzie was an accomplished yachtsman, and owned and skippered the yacht Supertramp R1080, a Spencer 12.41 metre vessel. Throughout the 1990s, Ian developed a reputation for taking novice sailors to sea in Supertramp and giving them a taste of Bass Strait and the coastline of Tasmania. Ian was a regular participant in the Victoria offshore races and many sailors owe their start in offshore racing to Ian.
With the sudden passing of Ian last year, his widow Louise and some of his past crew members decided to create a memorial troph [ ... ]

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2015 Latitude Race: Blairgowrie put out the new welcome mat. After the Latitude Ocean race on Saturday 21/11/15, ORCV boats and their crew will be hosted in the new Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron facilities. CATERING
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