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Melbourne Latitude Series
1. Latitude Ocean Race
Ocean Race of approximately eight hours in duration.
Race Date; Saturday 17th November 2012
Start Time: 1130hrs
Race Start is at Queenscliff at Slack Water, Port Phillip Heads
This series is designed to get skippers and crews out into the ocean for the first time. Vessels go out the Heads to a designated "line" of latitude, which is specific to each boat and the prevailing weather conditions. They then return back through the Heads to the finish at Portsea Pier.
Typically, this race is followed the next day by:
2. Latitude Pursuit Race
Bay Race of 30 nautical miles
Race Start is at 0900hrs AEDT, from Blairgowrie.
This is a pursuit, or progressive start, where the slower vessels get away first and then the faster boats have to chase them down over the course.
The Learning Curve.
The Latitude Ocean Race is all about getting novice skippers and crews to safely navigate the crossing of Port Phillip Heads and briefly experience the feeling of sailing in Bass Strait. The “brief experience” was stretched a little on Saturday as was the learning curve.
Weather for Latitude looking good and getting better.
Forecast wind conditions for the Latitude Ocean race tomorrow are looking good and looking great for the Latitude Pursuit Race on Sunday.
On Saturday we are expecting Southerly winds of between 10-15 knots in the race area, which is going to mean Navigators and tacticians are going to earn their keep deciding the combined quickest way South to their designated Latitude and quickest way back North. With isolated morning showers expected to clear by early afternoon and a maximum top temperature of 19 degrees, crews will be rugging up early and hopefully stripping off layers in the afternoon.
The start of the race off Queenscliffe has been scheduled at 1130 hours which is 30 minutes before slack water turning to flood tide at The Rip (Port Phillip Heads).
Navigators and tacticians will need to consider wind, swell, tides, yacht polars and any other factors that influenec how their yacht performs in the forecasted conditions, in the decisions on how they get to their designated turning Latitudes. No doubt many will be studying the tide diagrams in the ORCV Year Book to decide which direction to head may be favoured by the flood tide that the majority of the race will be sailed in. After turning at their designated Latitudes, it's going to be a fast trip back with the wind well aft and flood tide.
See images below of the BoM Forecast Explorer for 1100, 1400 and 1700 hours on Saturday below, which is predicting slightly stronger wind strengths for most of Saturday for those that hug the coast on one starboard beat towards Lorne, than those that may choose to tack all the way to their designated Latitude and for those that stay East who may hug the coast towards Cape Shank.
The Latitude concept of mentoring and educating budding navigators, novice crews and skippers is alive and well. For all entrants in this weekend’s race, Parks Victoria and Port of Melbourne Corproation have recently issued three Notices to Mariners which are of interest to competitors.
2012 Latitude Pursuit Results
The Latitude Series is an innovative series of races coupled with a competitor support program and mentoring support to help those new to ocean racing and sailing get started.
It also provides a vehicle for established ocean racers to develop crew members into positions of responsibility.
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 further enhances the racing calendar at the lower end of the scale.
Mentoring is available from experienced ocean sailors for both off and on the water and for before, during and after racing.
Yoko was one entrant who used the Latitude Series to develop crew members into positions of more responsibility:
Yoko won the 30nm Latitude Pursuit race this afternoon and after their 2nd place in the Latitude Ocean Race yesterday, took out the Latitude Series.
Yoko's owner Robin Hewitt commented after the race, "the conditions were great, sunny breaks, 10 to 15 knots of wind mostly aft of abeam which Yoko revelled in, in both races". He thought they may have read the tides a little better than others, particularly between BYS and the South Channel 19 mark.
After 30nm from BYS to RBYC, and a little under five hours from the first allotted start time of 09:44, all yachts finished within 45 minutes of each other. A very pleasing result for the handicap based pursuit start.
1. Yoko 14:32:12
2. Spirit of Freya 14:37:02
3. Streetcar 14:53:58
4. Caprice 14:55:18
5. Cavarlo 15:16:40
Yoko just after finishing the Latitude Ocean Race (Photo: Nerida Blanche)
Thanks to RBYC Club Captain Don Blanksby for providing our Race Management Team with access to RBYC's tower to finish the Pursuit race.
Many thanks also to our volunteer Race Management and Incident Response Teams - Neville Rose (Race Director), Rik Head, Annie Schaefer, David Mitchell and Simon Dryden, and Nerida Blanche (Streetcar shore crew) for taking some great photos of our yachts finishing.
Click here for more details on the Latitude Series competitor support program.