Why You Should do the LO600
So, we have signed up for our (the) second Lake Ontario 600 - the first was a roaring success and lots of fun to boot. It would be more fun still with even more company. So, why should you do the LO600 too? Well other than the prospect of another lasagna and champagne breakfast before anyone else is up (thanks Monica!), here are our top 5 reasons:
Reason Number 5 - Proximity
This is the only 600-miler that doesn't involve transiting the St-Lawrence or the Welland Canal. It is right here in our backyard, easy to access, even on a limited time budget.
Reason Number 4 - Going the Distance
600 miles is a true offshore distance. The 300 can be run like a long sprint. Can't do that with the 600 - you need to get into an offshore rhythm, one that is strangely comforting and engaging.
Reason Number 3 - Redemption
You can recover from mistakes. With two circuits of the lake, there is plenty of opportunity to regain miles and recover from less than ideal strategic choices. Multiple weather patterns over the multiple days adds to the spice as well.
Reason Number 2 - Breakaway
The atmosphere of the 600 is special - the distance from day-to-day life for the better part of a week and personal touches, especially at the end of the race reinforce that feeling. There simply isn't anything else like it around.
And the Number 1 reason - It's what it is all about
Boat time. More boat time, uninterrupted. How often do we get to spend 4+ days doing nothing but sailing? Summer is short, waaaay too short, so get out there and enjoy it in the best way possible!
Hope to see more of you on the line on July 16!
Submitted by Danny McKindsey, SV Happy Puppy