Outlaw Ocean Series Race 4: The Graeme Long Memorial Paddle
This is the marquee downwind event of the Outlaw Ocean Series of 2010/11 and it is also the only Victorian leg of the Australian Ocean Racing Series, so we will see competitors from all over Australia (and possibly overseas) competing. It is a 25km course that, if the wind blows anywhere near as strong as in the 2010 Outlaw race, will be an absolute cracker!
The distance is further than the other ocean races of the Outlaw Ocean Series, but follows some of the most spectacular coastline in the world along Victoria's famous Great Ocean Road. The race takes in sites such as Anglesea Beach, the magnificent Point Addis, the world famous surfing venues of Bells Beach and Winkipop, Bird Rock, Jan Juc Beach, Torquay Beach and Point Danger.
The course direction will depend on the conditions on the day, with a west-southwesterly wind being the preferred conditions for the Urquharts Bluff to Torquay course. If it blows easterly we will be heading from Torquay to Urquharts Bluff. We will have a better idea in the weeks leading up to the event and will keep everyone informed of forecast conditions on outlawpaddling.com
There will be a halfway beach turn at Point Addis front beach (on the east side of the point), which will allow competitors to crack a few point waves as they make their way down to the beach. This provided one of the highlights of the 2009 event.
Several points such as Point Roadknight, Anglesea Point, Point Addis, Bells Beach, Torquay Point and Point Danger offer several excellent viewing points for spectators along the way. Point Addis in particular offers views as far west as Point Roadknight (8km) and east to Torquay Point (8km), so bring your binoculars! Overall the sheer cliff faces that are characteristic of much of the Great Ocean Road coastline make this race as exhillarating for spectators as it is for competitors.
There are great prizes on offer for all competitors. Everyone will receive an 'at one with the elements' t-shirt and Hammer nutritional products as a part of their entry fee.
MEDIA AND SPECTATOR BOAT
Outlaw paddling will be providing a few selected people the opportunity to follow the race from the water on the Outlaw media/spectator boat.
The cost is $150 per person and includes a three-hour boat ride along the Great Ocean Road from Torquay to Urquharts Bluff and back again.
All bookings must be made by 25 December.
For more information on this, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
OCEAN SKI HIRE
Peak Adventure has a range of ocean racing skis for hire and will be providing transport to race start, and pick up from race finish, for $60. If you are interested or wish to find out more please click here.
OCEAN SKI TRANSPORT AND CAR SHUFFLE
Outlaw paddling will have two large trailers leaving Torquay SLSC at 11am. They will be available to transport all boats to the start location at Urquharts Bluff. We will also be organising a carpooling shuffle at this time. If you are interested, please meet at Torquay SLSC at 11am.
INTERNATIONAL AND INTERSTATE COMPETITOR INFORMATION
- Pick up from Melbourne airport on 9th January and drop off on 10 January is $50.
- Accommodation at Torquay SLSC is $30 (simple surf club-style accommodation - please bring own sheets).
- Transport to start location from Torquay SLSC at 11am is free.
- Ocean ski hire is $60.
If you are interested in this package and would like to know more about prices, please contact the team at Outlaw.
Jarad Kohlar: email@example.com 0409 786 237
Registration and presentations
Late registration will be at the westernmost (closest to Lorne) carpark at Urquharts Bluff, which is the long stretch of beach just past Anglesea.
Presentations will occur at a venue in Torquay TBA.
- 12.00pm: Late registration opens
- 1.00pm: Late registration closes
- 1.15pm: Race briefing
- 1.30pm: Race start for outriggers, sea kayaks, plastics and women. Intermediate male ocean ski paddlers and spec ski paddlers have the option of starting here or at 2.00pm
- 2.00pm: Race start for male ocean ski and spec ski paddlers
- 4.00pm: First finisher across the line
- 6.00: Presentation at Torquay SLSC
All competitors MUST have and wear a PFD and leashes/leg ropes must be attached from your boat to you. If you come off you have to be connected to your craft. Please do this for your own safety.