July 12, 2016
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing
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LO300/600 Challenge Kicks-Off with a Party on the Patio!!
All racers and PCYC members and guests are invited to come on out and join the party on Friday, July 15th.
Check in early and then enjoy the entertaining sound of steel drums with Joy Lapps throughout the afternoon. The evening will include an amazing BBQ starting at 5:00 pm, followed by the Skipper's Meeting at 7:00 pm, with outstanding meteorologist Ron Bianchi. Then beginning at 8:00 pm there will be live entertainment from 'Tamin Thunder' and many great door prizes throughout the evening. So, stick around!

Once again this year we will have a number of our sponsors present on site at PCYC in support of this Challenge and we thank them all. Drop by to say hello to the folks from DriveHG.ca, our title sponsor, and find out about the special car discount for LO300/600 racers. Check out the Fogh Boat Supplies booth to pick up your last minute items, and don't forget to bring in and drop off your old sail at GA-OH to receive a 10% discount on all onsite purchases.

Don't forget your camera! You could win one of 12 prizes of Gold Vehicle Detailing Packages valued at up to $159.95. See the details at LO300 Great Lakes Photo Contest presented by driveHG.ca

Non-members who are planning on driving to PCYC, see the special note below about car parking during the LO300/600.

See you on the 15th.
Joe Doris
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

Canada Border Services Agency - NEW for 2016: Pre-registration of travel information:
To help ensure minimal wait times for private boat owners/operators reporting their entry or re-entry into Canada using the CBSA Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC), CBSA recommend that you pre-register your personal and travel document information in advance. See Reporting Requirements for Private Boaters.

Still Time to Register! How about the Scotch Bonnet?  

Have you considered the Scotch Bonnet course? If a 300 nautical mile tour of the far eastern regions of Lake Ontario is a bit out of reach, take a look at the shorter (190 nautical miles) Scotch Bonnet challenge. This years' fleet has a variety of cruising and racing boats including; Beneteaus, C&Cs, Hunters, Catalinas and a few Nonsuch vessels. Some competitors fly spinnakers but many enjoy the unique racing experience with white sail only. Come on out and join the fun!
And, if you haven't registered due to lack of crew, don't let your boat stay at the dock! There are a number of highly qualified crew looking for an opportunity to race on your boat. Check it out - see Crew/Boat Board: Crew Bank.

From Solo Challengers to Twice Around the Cans!
Read about who's racing in not only the solo 300 Challenge but who's planning to circle the lake TWICE this year! Thanks to Brent Hughes, solo skipper of 'Pearl', for sharing some insights: From Solo Challengers to Twice Around the Cans!

Agenda for Friday, July 15th:
Mandatory Check-In:                   1000 to 1745 (10:00 am to 5:45 pm)
Mandatory Skipper's Meeting:     1900 (7:00 pm)
Splits and Starting Sequences :    Posted before 10:00 am on July 15th on the Official Notice Board. Preliminary versions may be posted before, at the Registration and Race Document Web Site
BBQ Details:                                    
  • Choice of ½ rack of dry rubbed St Louis side ribs or ½ BBQ chicken
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Caesar Salad
  • Potato Salad, Coleslaw & Pasta Salad
  • Fresh rolls and butter
  • Cookies
  • Coffee or Tea
$25.00 all in
Other Important Info:
Race documents:

Race documents, including Sailing Instructions and Official Notice Board for the LO300/600, are on the Yacht Scoring site. Please check just before the race for any updates or amendments.
Berthing at PCYC:

If you are not a member of PCYC and plan to stay overnight at the club prior to the race, you must fill in a visitor registration form. Please do this ASAP.
Parking at PCYC for Non-members:

Racers take note! Due to multiple regatta activities occurring at PCYC beginning on July 15, there will be NO onsite parking for the LO300/600 for non-members. If you plan on driving to PCYC on Friday, July 15th or Saturday, July 16th, you will be able to drop off racers and supplies, etc., but parking will be restricted to the municipal lot next door. PCYC officials will issue parking passes for the municipal lot if you need to leave your car there overnight during the race. We recommend that you car pool if at all possible.
Team Challenge:
Check out who's competing from your club and if there are at least three boats registered contact the registrar about the Team Challenge, sponsored by Pat Sturgeon Yachts . You'll have a chance to win the Team Challenge honours and a donation to your Club's junior sailing program. 
Follow the Race on Yellowbrick:
If you're not a participant but want to see some of the excitement first hand, join the many fans who will be camped out on the head lands next to PCYC. Watch the parade of over 100 boats heading out on Saturday morning for the start. Then, check out the progress of all boats during the race through the Yellowbrick Race Viewer .

Registration Links
You will also find 'Notices of Race' for all events plus other documents through the following links.
LOSHRS - www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1580

Update on Registrations
(as of July 11th, 2016)
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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.