July 10, 2017
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing
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LO300 Challenge Kicks-Off with a Party on the Patio!!
If you haven't registered for the LO300 yet, this is your reminder that the Registration Deadline is this Wednesday, July 12th! Register NOW.
Looking for a party?  All racers, their guests, and PCYC members are invited to the Party on the Patio at PCYC on Friday, July 14th to kick off the 2017 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge!
The evening will include an amazing BBQ, followed by the Skipper's Meeting and YES, the outstanding and always entertaining meteorologist Ron Bianchi, is back again. Live entertainment from the band Powerhouse begins at 8:00 pm and of course there will be many great door prizes throughout the evening!
Racers, check in early on Friday and enjoy the entertaining sound of steel drums with Joy Lapps throughout the afternoon. Also take some time on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to pick up the last-minute gear you need at the Fogh Marine tent, and of course, see an exciting line up of new cars from the Humberview Group.
For those with a sweet tooth, The Chocolate House will be on the premises on Friday with an assortment of sweet treats for you to purchase, including such delicacies as; candy, fudge, taffy, turkish delight, nostalgic candy, kettle corn, caramel corn and lots more. Drop by their booth to ensure your boat is stocked up with sweets for the race! 
Need help lugging your gear to your boat on Saturday morning? Gearbank , a LOOR sponsor, will have helping hands available to assist with all that stuff. Look for the Gearbank van on the lawn if you'd like a hand.
Mark your calendars for Friday, July 21, to ensure you don't miss the Post Race Celebration Party. Bring your crew, family and friends to celebrate your race and acknowledge your fellow racers! Flags for the LO300 Challenge and the Susan Hood Trophy Race will be awarded, and there will be prize draws and more live entertainment! The Sultans of Singh will be playing funk, blues, reggae and rock following dinner.
A note on lake levels: The high-water levels seem to be slowly improving but is still higher than normal. We are working on a visiting boat docking plan and will continue to update you regularly on this. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
WRI is the weather forecasting service for the LO300. To ensure you're up to date on weather during the Challenge, be sure to check out the WRI Weather Routing Inc. site at WRI .

See you on the 14th.
Joe Doris
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

LO300 Challenge Agenda:   
Mandatory Check In -                    Friday, July 14th from 1000 to 1745
BBQ Dinner:                                   Starts 1800 Friday, July 14th
Mandatory Skipper's Meeting:    Starts 1900 Friday, July 14th
Splits and Starting Sequences :   Posted before 1000 July 14th on the Official Notice Board. Preliminary versions may be posted before, at the Registration and Race Document Web Site
Sailing Instructions:                       On the Registration and Race Document Web Site by Tuesday, July 4th
Berthing at PCYC:                          If you are not a member of PCYC and plan to stay overnight at the club, you must fill in a visitor registration form. Please do this ASAP: PCYC.  
Crew Bank:                                     Check out the list of highly qualified crew looking for an opportunity to race. See Crew/Boat Board: Crew Bank 
Team Challenge:                           Check out who's competing from your club and if there are at least three boats registered contact info@loor.ca    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.
There is nothing worse than finishing a race and then having to deal with sail problems. After racing 300 nm the last thing you want to do is to have to drive your sails to the loft for some TLC.
North Sails Toronto has the solution. Once you're finished racing simply drop off your sails at the North Sails tent at PCYC. North will take them back to the loft and then a representative will contact you to discuss and organize any repairs you need.
For more information or to pre-arrange sail pick up post racing, please email louisa.sonosky@northsails.com or joel.caro@northsails.com or call (647) 964-7106.

Volunteers Needed for LO300 Challenge Finish Line:
We are looking for volunteers to help with the finish from 2000 on Sunday, July 16th to 2359 on Tuesday, July 18th in four (4) shifts, with all training provided.
Registration Deadline for LO300 Challenge: end of day Wednesday, July 12th 
Update on Registrations (as of July 10th)

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Not Racing but Want to Follow the Boats?    

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 and up on the balcony of the club house. 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 YB Tracking Viewer.


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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.