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Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series

LOSHRSposter17WEBresSeptember 16 and 17, 2017 LOSHRS race to Port Dalhousie: Races 5 and 6

Race documents, including Sailing Instructions and Official Notice Board for LOSHRS will be on the Yacht Scoring site. Please check just before the race for any updates or amendments.

Berthing at PCYC for September 15: Please use the link below for boat registration for September’s race weekend. Registration will be handled on a first come first serve and space may be limited.  Registration will close at midnight, Wednesday September 13, 2017.

  • There will be  a competitors’ meeting at PCYC at 1930 Friday evening, September 15, 2017.
  • The wall at DYC is still mostly closed so competitors will likely want to stay at the marina as before.  The cost is $1.00 per foot (half the normal price).  Please email Mac MacKenzie with the following information:  Boat Name, Length and Beam by Tuesday September 12. Mac will be contacting the marina with the boat’s information so there is NO need to make a reservation.
  • There will be a dock party hosted by Andrew McAllister, a RE/MAX Realty Specialist and fellow LOSHR.  The party will start late afternoon; your ears and eyes will tell you where to find it.  Please be sure to join us, because,,,
  • The UK Sail giveaway will be drawn at Dalhousie Saturday, conditions allowing and enough boats having finished.  The prize is 50% off the cost of a new UK sail up to $5,000 (so a $2,500 value).  Please remember that you have to be there (or still racing) to win.  If the first boat drawn doesn’t meet the conditions or is not present a second boat will be drawn, and so on until a winner is found.
  • Dinner at DYC on Saturday night will be available for $21.00 (not including tax and gratuity).  Please email Mac through the link above with the number of dinners you would like.   It is a buffet style dinner offering:

Tossed Green Salad
Potato Salad
Mac Salad

Sausage And Shrimp Jambalaya
Bbq chicken
Baby Back Ribs

Assorted Pies And Desserts

Coffee And Tea


LOSHRS Race 1 recap:

The 2017 Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series got off to a spectacular beginning on Sunday, June 4, with what most participants would agree was an excellent day for racing on a perfect course.

The winds came up just before the start to blow off the fog and rain and held steady at 12 to16 knots from the east to south east, the direction of the new first rounding at the outer buoy, T1, off the eastern gap. This was a challenging up wind leg with boats on all sides of the course looking for a magical knock or lift.  The Leslie Spit and Toronto Islands can definitely affect shears given a South-East wind and a course from the west.

The downwind leg was approximately 4.8nm to a new finish line at the M9 mark off Etobicoke Yacht Club. It was a fast run with building seas that created a few challenges in helming and dousing spinnakers. Fortunately there was lots of room at the finish to tidy everything up.

The LOSHRS long distance course race was designed as an early season tune up race at a mid distance that would stand alone and give the many yachts competing in the Susan Hood Trophy Race a reason to stay at PCYC and race home. After a variety of course changes over the years, the prevailing thought is this new course is a perfect way to start the year.  If you have any comments about the course for Sunday’s LOSHRS opening race please let us know.

Star Chaser, the Benneteau 45 skippered by Ken Martin from PCYC, was first to finish the race with a time of 2:27:22 and Mister Ed, the IMX38 skippered by Ian McAllister from PCYC was the first non flying sails boat to finish with a time of 2:53:26.  The First Solo boat to finish was LES, a C&C35 MkIII skippered by John Hagen from EYC with a time of 3:14:28.

There were 48 yachts at the start line and 46 finished the race.  A special thanks to the Finish line committee for bobbing in the waves at the finish line.

All the results can be found on Yachtscoring at LOSHRS Course Race

Watch for updates for the next LOSHRS race on June 17/18.


ANNOUNCEMENT:  “We are extremely excited to welcome UCC Industries International and UCC Steelwork Connections as the Gold Sponsor for LOSHRS – the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series” announced Joe Doris, Chair of Lake Ontario Offshore Racing.

See: UCCI Becomes Gold Sponsor of LOSHRS

Welcome to the Lake Ontario Short-handed Racing Series (LOSHRS), the largest and fastest growing racing series on the Lake.

See why our winning formula appeals to such a broad range of sailors, racing in boats of all sizes and ratings, attracting as many as 130+ entries each year:

It’s flexible.

Try just one race, for fun, or sign up for the whole series of six races to make a run at the trophies in races spread out from spring into fall.

Sunday June 4, 2017                  Course Race

June 17 and 18th, 2017              Port Dalhousie Weekend (replaces Youngstown weekend sue to lake levels) (Two races)

Aug. 19-20, 2017                       100 Mile Race

Sept. 16 and 17th, 2017            Dalhousie Weekend (Two races)

(You can book a slip at PCYC for before the Port Dalhousie race)

It’s fun.

Whether you opt to race solo or sail double-handed, you may get to learn more about yourself and your boat over a couple of distance races than through an entire season of going around the buoys.

It’s challenging.

Test your skills in Lake Ontario’s ever-changing conditions over a series of courses that range from 20 to 100 nautical miles. Each event will bring new experiences and lessons learned.

It’s adventurous.

From lake crossings to night sailing, each race in the series offers a chance to navigate into a different corner of Lake Ontario, off the beaten path.

It’s social.

Enjoy the unique camaraderie of fellow LOSHRS sailors, on and off the water, for great post-race parties at the dock, dinner events, and a prize-filled annual banquet. Mingle with experienced sailors to share tales of thrilling race experiences.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016!

  • Expect more prizes
  • Learn from guest experts
  • Prepare yourself for other solo or double-handed events, such as the Lake Ontario 300.

LOSHRS Winners

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