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Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series

LOSHRS2018FThe dates for the 2018 LOSHRS have been set:

RACE 1 – The Course Race runs on Sunday June 3rd, 2018 from PCYC west to Clarkson, then east to the Toronto Islands.

RACES 2 and 3 – Youngstown Weekend.  Race from PCYC to YYC on Saturday June 16th and back to PCYC on Sunday June 17th.

RACE 4 – The 100 miler race runs the west end of Lake Ontario:  PCYC to Burlington via Toronto islands, then to the Niagara River entrance and back to to PCYC.  Start time is the morning of Saturday August 18th, 2018.

RACES 5 and 6 – The DYC Weekend, similar to the YYC weekend, comprises two days of racing:  Saturday September 15 is race 5 to DYC and Sunday September 15th, the final LOSH race for the season, is a race back to PCYC from DYC.

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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.

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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

For more information please contact loshrs@loor.ca