January 2018
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Gearing up for the 2018 Season!      
Greetings Racers,

The calendar has finally switched over and now we all yearn for the summer's warmer days with cold beer in hand. It also means the Toronto Boat Show is just around the corner and, in my mind, the start to the boating season. Time to assess needs and wants to make your boat go faster; maybe Santa bought you a new sail. There's no better place to lighten your wallet!

While you are the show make sure you stop by the LOOR booth in the Sailfest area for a chat. We are always looking for suggestions to improve your racing experience and value your input. 

Your committee has been hard at work during the off-season making sure that your Summer will be filled with action packed racing of the highest calibre. A big thanks to all those dedicated to the cause. Also a big thank you to our title sponsor, Humberview Group's driveHG ,who are back again this year and whose support of offshore racing is, as with all our sponsors, invaluable.
 
Best regards,

Joe Doris
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

LOSHrs Banquet is February 3, 2018       

Need a break for the cold?  Come join us for a welcome reminder of 2017's single and double handed racing.  The LOSHrs awards banquet, a fine dinner and evening of comraderie, is being held at PCYC on Saturday February 3, 2018, beginning at 5:30 .
 
Reservations are required and can be made through PCYC by calling David Sutman at 905-278-5578 after January 15, 2018.
Confessions of Offshore Racers:        
 
Bring your own stories an join us for an entertaining evening of derring-do and derring-don't from fellow racers.  It's taking place at 7:00 at PCYC on February 21, 2018.  That's a Wednesday, so a nice mid-week excuse to get out and relax. 
 
Anyone can tell their story and there are prizes for the best and funniest tales!     
 
If you'd like to be a lead-in speaker with your story please send us an email to info@loor.ca
2018 Offshore Racing Dates :
Registration is Open! 
Special Note: The LO600 is back in 2018!
  • Early Bird registration deadline is end of day, March 15th, 2018
  • LO300/600 presented by driveHG: Saturday July 14, 2018 
  • LOSHrs: Six Races between Sunday June 3 and Sunday September 16, 2018.

Please visit loor.ca for registration details.  When going to loor.ca please note the following very important information:

 

Loor.ca has been hijacked! 

 

Yes, sad to say the loor.ca domain has been hijacked at search engine listings.  This means if you search for us through Google, Yahoo, Bing, or most other search engines you will see a mixed bag of links for results.  Most of these point to one of a variety of casino websites.  

 

You probably do not want to click on any of those links.   

 

The loor.ca website is itself operating as it should and going there directly will not result in any casino shenanigans.

 

If you do accidentally click on one of the problem links then going to loor.ca and trying to navigate there will be troublesome as the casino links will still be in your browser cache.  To resolve this you should close then reopen your browser, then clear your history/cache for the last hour (or other applicable time depending on your browser).  After doing that if you go to loor.ca there should be no issue.

 

We are currently putting together a new website and believe that trouble will not migrate there, but it will take some time to resolve.  Thank you for your patience with this problem.    


 
Running from January 12 to 21, 2018, the Toronto International Boat Show is celebrating its 60th year.  Billed as the largest indoor boat show in North America TIBS is a great way to bring a little summer into this cold winter.
 
Also at the boat show this year, LOOR's own Brent Hughes will be speaking  
 
Many people say that getting to the start line is 80% of racing.  But, how will you make sure you make it to the FINISH line?   
 
Join Brent in this fun and light-hearted talk as he discusses many of the key aspects of making it around the course, and successfully to the finish line, whether you're sailing Solo, Double Handed, or Fully Crewed.
 
Brent will be speaking at the Toronto International Boat Show - Salon 107
 
Wed. Jan 17th              @             5:30pm
Fri. Jan 19th                 @             4:30pm
Sat. Jan 20th                @             10:30am
Sun. Jan 21st               @             11:30am
 
LOOR Welcomes Back Sponsor Skipper's Plan!      
 
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing is pleased to welcome maritime insurers, Skippers' Plan, back as a 2018 Lake Ontario 300 sponsor and provider of the much appreciated Post Race Chili for LO300 challenge participants. 
 
Skippers' Plan is an avid supporter of sailing and racing on Lake Ontario, across Canada and around the world.  Please be sure to drop by their booth (#1753) at the Toronto International Boat Show to thank them in advance for making finishing the LO300 challenge even better!
Offshore Personal Survival Course        

This Sail Canada Offshore Personal Survival course is internationally recognized and laced with real life stories of the sea from Diane Reid, your instructor. Held at Ashbridges Yacht Club it's a two-day hands-on program: February 3rd and 10th, 2018.
 
Heading out for an afternoon of fun or horizons beyond...make sure you have this course under your belt! Check out Offshore Personal Survival Course for more info. Or, see ABYC.
2018 Racing Guide - Ad Space Available!       

Although time is growing short there is still an opportunity to get your ad in LOOR's 2018 Offshore Racing Guide.  The guide will be at clubs, chandelries, marinas and boatshows in Ontario, Canada, and has even been found overseas. 
 
Ad space is still available until January 21, 2018.  For an Ad Rate Sheet, contact Brian Townsend at sponsorship@loor.ca .
 

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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.