I can remember the Hastings race being very popular amongst the Melbourne keel boat offshore racers. Most boats and newbie crews enjoyed their first taste of racing out of the heads and sometimes blasting their way into Western Port Harbour to the finish line off Hasting Marina. It was always a laugh to see some of the boats running aground negotiating their way into the Hastings marina. There was great atmosphere after the race under the marquee and later at the local Hastings Marina pub. That all finished once the new marina became full.
The ORCV then raced to the NAVY base near Hastings and then to later raced to a mark in the Western Port entrance and then to a finish line off the Flinders Pier.
Please ORCV, bring back another version of the last race of the ORCV series to be raced out of the heads towards Western Port and back to say a Port Lonsdale finish line. This will provide the newbies a chance to taste a short ocean race and then maybe back to the Blairgowrie marina/yacht club for a beer and stay the night.
The Geelong Yacht Club does not have that same atmosphere after the Geelong race to the same level that was in the past with the last ORCV winter series race being a short raced in the ocean to Western Port Bay!
Agree Chucky. But they would not want boats potentially re-entering the rip in an adverse (ebbing) tide, so logistically it would be tricky. Perhaps they could make the Latitude race, Race7 of the winter series.