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Lake Ontario Offshore RacingLake Ontario 300 and 600 Challenge presented by driveHG.ca

Lake Ontario 300 and 600 Challenge presented by driveHG.ca

The interim results for the 2016 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge have been posted.  We congratulate all competitors for a sometimes slow and sometimes rocking but always competitive race! The 600 Challenge racers are still at it as of this posting and can be followed using YB Tracking below:

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From July 16th until July 22 weather forecasts during the race will be provided by Weather Routing Inc.  Click the image below…





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Feel the thrill of competing in the premiere offshore racing event on Lake Ontario, and plan to be on the start line Saturday July 16, 2016.

Whether you’re a cruising sailor ready to take it up a notch against friendly competition in white sail, or a serious racer determined to lead the fleet, the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge presented by driveHG.ca provides one of the most exhilarating offshore racing experiences on the Great Lakes.

For those that find once around the lake just isn’t enough sailing, 2016 will also see the return of the Lake Ontario 600 Challenge for the second running of this long distance race.

Live your ultimate sailing adventure this summer by competing on your choice of long or short course:

Main Duck Island Course. At 300-plus nautical miles, the LO300 long course challenges the serious racer with flying sails (double handed, single-handed or fully crewed), IRC and PHRF Fleets & a Multihull Fleet.  For those competing on the 600 mile course you’ll have a chance to see your favorite lake views twice, though probably in different lighting!

Scotch Bonnet Island Course. The shorter course offers a great challenge both for non-flying sails (double handed or fully crewed), and flying sails for yachts with higher than 183 PHRF.

To book a space for your boat at PCYC for before or after the race please contact the PCYC harbourmaster through this link.

Important Information before the 2016 LO300 Challenge

The LO300 is less than a week away! There are 108 boats registered so far. It’s going to be a great race! Check in starts on Friday at 10 am. Were having a celebration all day with sponsor tents to visit and Caribbean music to enjoy. After the 1900 Skipper’s meeting, Tamin’ Thunder is playing during our Party on the Patio. Bring your family and friends for a great pre race party.

Here are a few reminders:

Read the Sailing Instructions:  A winning skipper once told me that one of the reasons she wins is because she is prepared for the race by knowing the rules. They can be found here: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_documents/1578/LO300_SIs_2016_V01.00.pdf

Crew list:  Please make sure your on line crew list is complete, accurate, and includes all emergency contact information for each crew member. We will be checking this information and if it isn’t complete you will be required to add it then. We have some cool swag this year and you must have all your crew registered to get it.

Yachtscoring makes it easy to do. Go to your Owner’s Corner page and click on “My Crew List”. Add the names and email addresses of your crew. Once complete, an email will be sent to all crew members prompting them to fill in the relevant information. You can use the link “Email my Crew” to remind them all to do it.

IMPORTANT NOTE. Make sure you and your crew have their passport information. An easy way to carry it is to take a picture of it with your phone. Canadian Customs is now asking for that information so have it ready.

Documents that need to be complete and submitted at Check-in:

- Safety – LOOR Off Shore Racing (OSR) Special Regulations certificate. You only need to sign and submit Page 1 of the LOOR OSR Cat 3 Monohulls (or Multihull)

- Crew Overboard Recovery Drill Certificate – You need not put a person in the water for this drill, you can use a fender or floating cushion, but you must walk through the entire procedure including how you plan to pull a person heavy with water onto the boat. This form must be signed by at least half of the crew participating in the race. The drill must have been performed within the twelve month period preceeding the race.

- LOOR Sail plan – You file it with us and we will close it upon completion.

- Alternative Sail Number Request – applicable if you are carrying any sails with numbers other than the one you have registered.

These documents are available on Yachtscoring. This link is available on the Yachtscoring webpage:  http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1578

Please also ensure that your registration is complete (this includes payment) and that your PHRF or IRC certificate is up-to-date.

Visiting Yachts:  If you are not a member of Port Credit yacht Club and plan to stay at the club, you must fill in a visitor registration form. Please do this before end of business day, Tuesday May 31. The link is found here:  http://www.pcyc.net/submaster.cfm?apage=ERS/event_registration.cfm&EventID=76

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

See you soon,

Monica Doedens

Shoreline Logistics and Registration

Lake Ontario Off-shore Racing Committee

registrar@loor.ca    OR    647-519-8211

There will be no car parking available at PCYC for non-members

Racers take note! Due to multiple regatta activities occurring at PCYC beginning on July 15, there will be NO onsite parking for the LO300/600 for non-members. If you plan on driving to PCYC on Friday, July 15th or Saturday, July 16th, you will be able to drop off racers and supplies, etc., but parking will be restricted to the municipal lot next door. PCYC officials will issue parking passes for the municipal lot if you need to leave your car there during the race.  A pass means no tickets, so make sure you get one from the representative at PCYC! We recommend that you car pool if at all possible. 

LO300 Great Lakes Photo Contest presented by driveHG.ca

DriveHG.ca is sponsoring a photo contest for pictures from the 2016 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge.  12 prizes of Gold Vehicle Detailing Packages valued at up to $159.95 will be awarded, three to each category of:

  • Sunrise / Sunset
  • Shore Activities
  • Crew/Boat
  • Nature

To enter you need only email your photo(s) to photocontest@loor.ca.  The number of photos per entrant is limited to four – one per category.  Please include the photographer’s name and contact information in the email.  The deadline for photo submission is July 24th, 2016 and driveHG.ca will select the winning photo by July 27th, 2016.

(A technical note:  Some email servers limit the size of emails that will be successfully delivered.  If your photo file is large you might want to consider submitting them separately to ensure delivery.  You should receive an auto reply to let you know that your email has been received, so if you don’t get that confirmation email you might try resending your photo(s) separately.)

Good Luck and Great Racing!