2018 Latitude Series – 24th and 25th November, 2018

The Latitude Series Notice of Race is now available HERENSM 20141122 4889.

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 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 which is scheduled to commence at 0925 on the 24th, from the traditional ORCV Start line off Queenscliff. 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 of 1540, 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 Sunday the 25th of November, from Blairgowrie to Sandringham, commencing at 0900 (first warning 0955), with the start times allocated by handicap.

In addition to a great training environment, and the chance to race through the notorious 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 Matt Fahey on 0457 797 675, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.

All interested skippers should follow the prompts to the online entry page and enter today HERE

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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2015MLS Paula story

Paula who sailied on Yoko in the Latituce Ocean Race tells us her story and some great hand drawn pictures After our midday shed we're asked to maintain a listening watch for an upcoming announcement and the news is our turning latitude is reduced by 3nm. The original bearing would have been another 1/2 hour but we can hear the Blairgowrie YS calling and we have been thumping into it since the start of the race. Our overnight trip down the bay last night had been a bit 'ordinary'* so the reduction in thumping time and possible resurrection of dozing  crew would make a welcome reprieve. W [ ... ]

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2015 Latitude weather watch - Instalment 2
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.
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2015 Latitude weather watch - Instalment 1, Getting to the start. Welcome to the ORCV’s latest service - "The Optimist’s Weather Watch”
As usual, warnings apply regarding the reliability of any attempt to read the weather. There is the usual BOM caveat of "Wind gusts may be up to 40% stronger, waves may be up to twice the height” In this case you can add “wind direction could be up to 30 degrees off the directions given here (in which case you can bet  it will be going forward not shifting to the beam)” Since the first job is getting to the start we’ll begin with a look at  [ ... ]

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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
Dinner and breakfast will be available on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Meals can be ordered from the Bar. On Saturday after racing, BYS will also have a cash BBQ with burgers, steak etc. for hungry yachties. BERTHING The Marina is currently undergoing major construction work so NO BOATS ARE TO ENTER PENS. These areas are not fully secured, so please respect this request fro [ ... ]

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  Beyond The Bay Overnight Challenge Update   The weather map is driven by a high pressure system that will influence the weather on Saturday ahead of a trough that will increasingly impact the weather on Sunday. Winds at start time are forecast to be southerly at about 10 knots, moving easterly through the afternoon/evening and lightening by late evening. By early morning, winds are forecast for move more northerly and begin to freshen from the north reaching twenty knots by early morning.   The overall weather pattern will certainly challenge navigators an [ ... ]

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