Taking Experience to a New Latitude
Each November, the ORCV offers skippers a short ocean race where each yacht travels through the heads of Port Phillip to a specified latitude before returning. “It’s a race where your handicap determines how far you need to go with the crew then able to set their own course to that latitude. We aim to provide them with the experience to transit the heads during daylight and if we as race management get it right, they all will arrive back again at the heads at the next optimal time” said Neville Rose, Deputy ORCV Race Director.
John Strahan the owner [ ... ]
A close finish to the 2019 ORCV Latitude
It’s going to be very tight finish in the 2019 Latitude Ocean Race. All yachts turned at the designated Latitude within 39 minutes of each other.
Unlike any other ocean race where the bigger/faster yachts finish first, the Latitude Ocean Race has all yachts finishing around the same time, if the sail to their handicaps.
After 7 months of training, this is the final event for the 2019 ORCV Beyond the Bay Course participants, who have gained skills in navigation, transition the heads, sea survival, radio and expedition planning. Each prac [ ... ]
Near Perfect Conditions for the 2019 ORCV Latitude Race
The 2019 ORCV Latitude has really called on the weather gods to be kind today with perfect conditions for the 9 boats and 56 crew, many who are completing the ORCV Beyond the Bay program with this being their maiden voyage outside the heads.
The wind and sea state are great for the introduction to Bass Strait with NW 10 - 15knots as they sail to their designated latitude and should turn to SW around 2pm for the run home.
Each boat will travel to a set latitude based on their handicap. On Blue Water Tracks, the green line is where [ ... ]
Coastal Sprints and Latitude Weather Prediction
This weekend's weather is looking good with a reach and run to Westernport for those on the West Offshore Coastal Sprints before the winds turn on the return. The Latitude which starts a little later at 10.30 Saturday have good conditions with the winds building to push them home again. For a full prediction click see below.
When using PredictWind, prediction is based on a Benteuau First 40.
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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:
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 herePlease ensure you pick up your tracker before departing from your club reception.  [ ... ]
Latitude Ocean Race, What are your Navigation Options?
For those of you have not experienced the Latitude ocean race, it is a handicap race were each boat races to a latitude and the unique part is you can turn at any longitude. So this gives you many options, what is the least distance and fastest point of sail. With the advent of technology and software it can make the job easier.
If you look below we have used the PredictWind Weather Routing (https://www.predictwind.com/) to look at a number of options. These options are using the Polars from a Beneteau First 40 so if you look at [ ... ]