See who's ready for the Hood, offshore safety prep, short-handed course race and more ...


May 2015
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

Set sail for this month's Susan Hood Trophy Race and the first LOSHRs course race, our much-anticipated kickoff events of the 2015 Lake Ontario Offshore Racing season.


Splash! Who's In?

And, with a splash, our two first two races of 2015 are nearly upon us: the storied Susan Hood Trophy Race, Friday May 29, followed by the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing (LOSHRs) Course Race, May 31. On behalf of the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing organizing committee, fair winds to all sailors participating in a great lineup of races planned this season.


How do you celebrate launch? 
Whether you slip a lucky coin in your mast step, burn your socks, enjoy a waterside rummer (may we suggest our favourite, Mount Gay), or any other unusual ritual, please visit Lake Ontario Offshore Racing on Facebook to share stories and photos (and get a chance to win cool swag!).

See who'll be rigged and ready:
Click through to see current entries or to register today for the Susan Hood Trophy Race, the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, and LOSHRS via Yacht Scoring. 


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60 candles for Susan Hood! What's your best sailing tale?


Doug Hood aboard Junge.
We're getting birthday cake - and foulies - ready to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the "coolest" overnight offshore sailing event on the Great Lakes: the Susan Hood Trophy Race, May 29.

Founded in 1955 by the late Doug Hood as a trophy challenge to test a new sailboat rating system, he named the race in tribute of his then-newborn daughter. We're delighted this year that Susan Hood herself will join our pre-race activities, to honour her dad and kick off a classic start to the Lake Ontario racing season.

What's your most memorable experience of a Susan Hood race? Email us your stories at or post to our Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Facebook Page for a chance to win swag and 60th Anniversary prizes.


Skippers... meet crew: Check out the crew bank

Need a ride? Looking for crew? Our Yacht Scoring race registration sites each feature Crew/Boat Boards where experienced sailors can add their name to the race crew bank and skippers can post their boat to attract recruits. Check back often to make a match:

* Susan Hood Trophy Race

* Lake Ontario 300 Challenge 



Volunteers wanted

The next best thing to "being there" race day is to volunteer, on shoreline support or as water crew, and it's also a valuable introduction to race management. Encourage friends, family or sailing fans to apply for volunteer spots available at the Susan Hood finish line, as well as at the LO300 Challenge and LOSHRs races. Send an email with the dates/races you are available to to sign up and get details.

Offshore safety prep
From boat safety to pre-race requirements, these quick links will help you prepare for a safe racing season:

* Boat safety and weather links. We've gathered practical and popular sites, recommended by racers. View safety resources.

* Intro to Stability Screening. See how the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing committee applies ISAF Offshore Special Regulations to set vessel entry requirements. Learn more.

* Loor Crew Overboard Recovery Drill Certificate. Do these drills with your crew and sign the form, required for the Susan Hood Trophy Race and LO300 Challenge. Download PDF.

Find your race resources online

Please visit Lake Ontario Offshore Racing on Facebook  and "like" us to get announcements, contests, photos and more.


Bookmark the LOOR Website for links to race registration on Yacht Scoring, official race news and documents, race resources and more.

Yacht Scoring - Notice of Race and 2015 registration

Susan Hood Trophy Race 


Lake Ontario 300 


Short-Handed Series (LOSHRS) 


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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.