LO300 competition heats up with O Canada, last chance to register and more...

July 6. 2015
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

Open 60 O Canada arrives for LO300

The biggest boat currently registered to compete in this year's Lake Ontario 300 arrived in Toronto last week, after sailing from Vancouver via the Panama Canal and Halifax.


We welcome the IMOCA Open 60 O Canada, with skipper Eric Holden at the helm.  Eric will lead the Great Lakes racing debut of the Canadian Ocean Racing team.    


Designed as a solo-racer and recently refitted, O Canada is entered in the fully crewed division to give young Canadian sailors a competitive taste of offshore sailing.


"Canadian Ocean Racing is not just about the IMOCA 60 races I will ultimately be competing in. This program is about creating opportunities and experiences for young sailors to ultimately build Canada's next generation of offshore racers," said Eric Holden, co-founder of Canadian Ocean Racing.


Learn more about the Canadian Ocean Racing team, and Eric's O Canada campaign at www.canadianoceanracing.com.


Get registered to get racing!

With less than one week to the start of the 2015 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, close to 100 boats are already registered, with skippers and their crew preparing for an amazing Great Lakes sailing adventure.


A few things to keep in mind during your count down:

  • If you haven't already registered, please do it today, via Yacht Scoring. Remember, you have to pay in full to complete your registration.
  • Boat owners and each racer on board should enter their crew information via Yacht Scoring. This also qualifies participants for great swag, like the LO 300 2015 Mount Gay Rum red hats, thanks to our great sponsors. 

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Enter the team challenge

Give your club a shot at winning the LO300 Team Challenge. To qualify, get three boats from your club to email LOOR.CA with your team name and team members. Best collective corrected time wins $500. Prize to go to the Junior Sail program at your club courtesy of PAT STURGEON YACHTS. Open to all PHRF and IRC spinnaker boats.


Volunteers needed, on and off the line


We're still in need of volunteers for water and shoreline race committee crews for the LO300 Challenge this month, as well as upcoming LOSHRs events.


It's a great way to be part of the action, if you're not racing, or to get experience in race management. Please email shoreline@loor.ca to volunteer or get details.




Daily forecasts from Weather Routing International

WRI is proud to be the official weather provider for this year's Lake Ontario 300, and will be providing daily forecasts and maps each morning of the event, beginning 11 July, available by visiting the link on the LOOR.CA LO300 event webpage.


Plus, LO300 racers are invited to create a complimentary trial account for SeaWeather.net, WRI's online service with products and charts specific to the Lake Ontario 300. Visit LOOR.CA and use the link on the main page, or sign up at https://www.seaweather.net/events.php?r=lakeontario.


For more information, visit the Weather Routing website at http://www.wriwx.com , the SeaWeather site at http://www.seaweather.net, or connect via Twitter @weatherrouting or on their Facebook Page.


Also check out your Skipper's bag: WRI has a great offer for a FREE forecasting package for 5 lucky sailors.

Susan Hood joined us to celebrate the 60th edition of the race that was founded on her birthday.

2015 Susan Hood Race takes the cake! 

After 99 boats crossed the start line, participants in the Susan Hood Trophy Race sailed into history with its 60th anniversary edition May 29. While the first eight hours were very slow, the balance of the race was fabulous with excellent breeze and mild temperatures. Those finishing later on Saturday morning found themselves in a few thunderstorms with high winds. So Mother Nature threw a little of everything at us.


Congratulations to Jamie Spotswood and Cirrus, overall trophy winner, and much thanks to Sperry Top-Sider for hosting our post-race BBQ and Yacht Dogs and to the Toronto Loft of North Sails for the beautiful flags.    


See all the SHTR fleet results here on Yacht Scoring.


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Visiting yachts: please register with PCYC

Visiting yachts arriving for the LO300 are asked to please pre-register with PCYC harbour staff to ensure assignment to a dock or a spot on the raft. Add your vessel details as a "guest" on Port Credit's online site for visitor registration or contact harbourmaster@pcyc.net.



Find your race resources online

LOOR homepage: Bookmark the LOOR Website for links to race registration on Yacht Scoring, official race news and documents, race resources and more.  


Boat safety and weather links: We've gathered practical and popular sites, recommended by racers. View safety resources



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Registration and Quick Links

Yacht Scoring - Official Race Documents and Results

Susan Hood Trophy Race 


Lake Ontario 300 


Short-Handed Series (LOSHRS) 


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The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group is responsible for the planning of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series under the organizing authority of the Port Credit Yacht Club.