February 12, 2016
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing
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With the 2016 Boat Show now history, the countdown to launch officially begins. We can all start thinking in earnest about the 101 things that will improve our performance over last year. With the relatively mild winter so far, there is no reason not to get a few of those projects under way.

Registration is now open for all LOOR events, so take advantage of the early bird discount (registration and payment by March 15), and use that extra cash for a go-fast gadget or a go-fast bottle of rum!
Registering early also helps the committee plan the events more effectively and encourages your competition to sign up as well.
There's nothing more exhilarating than a full start line.

Back by popular demand, LOOR will be hosting two 'Speakers Nights' this spring. See the details below and mark your calendar so you don't miss this chance to up your game on the race course.

Keep calm and sail on.

Joe Doris
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

Speaker Nights
  • PCYC - March 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm with a representative from North Sails
  • ABYC - April 21, 2016 @ 7:30 pm with Brian Chapman from UK Sails
Focus of the Sessions:
  • Getting the best performance out of your boat including; sail handling, changing gears with changing weather and wave conditions, and overall long distance race management strategy.
  • The LOOR Safety Officer will have a display of equipment and be available to answer questions about safety and stability requirements for offshore racing. You may also enquire about these topics by email: safety@loor.ca
  • The LOOR Shoreline Manager will also be on hand for questions about documentation and required paper work.

Update on Registrations (as of February 10th ,2016)

LOOR Event
Registered to Date
Lake Ontario 300/600
39 (including 9 for the LO600)
Susan Hood

Registration Links

A reminder that you must register AND make payment prior to the early bird deadline - March 15 - in order to take advantage of the early bird fee. From the registration links below you will also find 'Notices of Race' for all events plus other documents.
Rating Certificates

To help easily process rating certificates, you use the "Email my Rating Certificate" which can be accessed from the "Owner's Corner" on each of the Registration and Race Document Web Sites listed above.

Sail Boat Stability

If you have any questions on stability, please email safety@loor.ca . Your Club PHRF-LO Handicapper is not in a position to address these questions as PHRF does not encompass stability in its processes.

LOSHRS - Amendment to Notice of Race

In order to better handle award flags in individual races, the following paragraph was added to the LOSHRS NOR for 2016:
If there are 16 or more starters in a fleet for a given race, the fleet may be sub divided into sub fleets for awarding 1, 2 and 3 place flags to the sub fleets in that race.
Using the fleet "Flying Sails - Double Handed 3" from 2015 as an example, only five sailboats were eligible for the overall award. This is the typical number based on the past several years. However, the participation in an individual race was often higher, in some years over 16. Hence the above paragraph was included in the released NOR.
As a result of feedback from participants the number will be reduced to 11 in the NOR as Amendment 1. The following sentence was added to clarify the overall scoring process:
The score, position in its fleet, for a sailboat in a race, will be used in calculating the overall Fleet Series score for that sailboat.
If everyone, who is planning to race, attends the Friday Evening Participants' Meeting, we will be better able to create equitable sub fleets and post them in the morning.
We appreciate your feedback on all matters.

Crew Bank - Need Crew or interested in Crewing?

If you are a sailor and interested in participating in one of the Lake Ontario Offshore Races, or a skipper who needs crew, use the Crew/Boats Boards on the Yacht Scoring Registration and Official Document page. This resource was in high demand during the 2015 season and crew was snapped up very early. Check it out and ensure you don't miss the opportunity to participate in a LOOR event in 2016.
You'll find the link on the Registration page, right side of the page, called 'Crew/Boat Boards', or go to the Crew Bank
page on the LOOR site.

LOOR Committee Opportunity: Sponsorship Coordinator

The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing committee is looking for a volunteer to join the group with a focus on developing and maintaining sponsorship relationships. If you are interested in learning more, please contact: info@loor.ca

Racers Feedback

If you'd like to provide feedback on your past experience(s) with any of the LOOR racing events, please access the link on the LOOR main page and complete the short survey. Thank you for taking the time to help us exceed your racing expectations.
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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.