February 17, 2017
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing
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Lake Ontario Offshore Racers!
The 2017 Boat Show is done and February is already upon us. Time to look ahead and start planning for all those things you need to do prior to launch which, for many of us, will occur in April. Wow, that's just the month after next!
Registration is open for all 2017 LOOR events so check it out now and take advantage of the early bird discount which ends at the end of day on March 15th. I can also tell you that all Notices of Race (NORs) are available through the loor.ca website or, through the links below.
The 2017 racing season is looking very exciting especially due to the continued support of all our sponsors. Thank you to all of them. Also, please join me in welcoming the Humberview Group (DriveHG.ca) as they return for a second year as our title sponsor for the LO300 and the Susan Hood Trophy Race.
New for 2017, we now have a video providing an overview of the upcoming LOOR offshore racing season. Check it out at: loor.ca 
Joe Doris
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

Notice of Races and Registration

The Notices of Race (NOR) and registration is now open at the following Registration and Race Document Web Sites:
Through the above links, you can also access additional documents including; Sail Plan, Alternate Sail Number, Registration Change Form, etc. All documents are fillable PDF forms and we recommend you complete them online before printing. These documents can be completed by hand as well.

Offshore Special Regulations & Safety Requirements
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing follows World Sailing's Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) for safety requirements over and above governmental requirements.
Requirements vary by category. Categories for LOOR events are:
  • Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race (LO300) is Category 3
  • Susan Hood Trophy Race (SHTR) is Category 3
  • Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series
    • Long Distance (Race 4) is Category 3
    • Other Races are Category 4
The LOOR versions of the OSRs for these categories are available at:
LOOR Offshore Special Regulations
This course provides you with a hands-on opportunity to practice:
  • firing hand held flares
  • putting out fires
  • swimming in your fowlies
  • getting into a life raft
  • cutting rigging with your bolt cutters
Whether you are sailing across to Rochester, to the Caribbean or in the Lake Ontario 300, it may be necessary at a moment's notice for you to use your safety equipment and, possibly, save someone's life. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your safety skills.
Saturday, March 11 & 18, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (A portion of the course held at a local pool)
Fee: $400+HST
Instructor: Diane Reid
To Register, go to: Offshore Personal Survival

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 2016 season and crew was snapped up very early. There are already a few eager racers listed as available crew for the 2017 season. Check it out and ensure you don't miss the opportunity to participate in a LOOR event this year.
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.
Are you interested in helping in the success of offshore racing events? There are volunteer opportunities within the LOOR Committee that may be of interest to you. We welcome your enthusiasm and your help. Contact info@loor.ca for more info.
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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.