June 2014
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

The countdown is on....


The LO300 is just around the corner and if you are like me, you are trying to check off all the boxes to ensure that your crew has a safe and rewarding race. Port Credit Yacht Club staff and shoreline race management are primed and ready for your arrival. In order to streamline the paperwork you recently received the skipper's cheat sheet. This is an invaluable guide to make sure you have everything in order for the big day.


2014 is shaping up to be another classic race with almost guaranteed faster finishing times then last year. It should be the first true test of this new X pattern course with real winds, currents and a variety of options. It doesn't get much better. I look forward to doing battle once again and defending the Sperry Cup in what is by far, the greatest yacht race on the Great Lakes.


Sail fast.

Joe Doris

Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing



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LO300 Team Challenge


Pat Sturgeon logo (white ) Once again Pat Sturgeon Yachts will be sponsoring the Team Challenge, which provides funds to our various Junior Learn to Sail or Junior programs.  Teams of 3 boats from the same club competing on the Main Duck Course qualify for this competition regardless of being in IRC or PHRF. For purposes of scoring this event all boats will be ranked overall in PHRF and the team with the lowest points will win.


Get your team together, give it a name and bring some glory to your club.

Submit your team names prior to registration to bdtownsend@rogers.com


A special thank you to Pat Sturgeon of Sturgeon Yachts, a veteran competitor in this event and a great supporter of offshore racing.


Weather Routing Inc., will be once again

be providing the Lake Ontario 300

with weather updates throughout the race. They have divided Lake Ontario into 4 grids so you are able to pick an area that you are sailing into and get a snapshot of what is coming. All this information can be access via their website www.wriwx.com 


Don't procrastinate any more with your last minute entry as we will be drawing three WRI packages for a customized trip forecast. They can be used anywhere in the world and any time within one year.  


Weather Routing Prizes will be drawn Tuesday July 8th.



Please  make sure you reserve your slip at Port Credit Yacht Club for this year's race by clicking on the following link:


PCYC Event Registration - LO300 Challenge



The weekend starting on Friday is shaping up to be another great day if you like sailing, especially offshore. PCYC will be buzzing with activity with some of our most competitive crews. Make sure you come and take it all in.

Registration starts Friday morning .


Mason's The Store Chandlery will once again be set up to accommodate last minute requirements and to provide this year's souvenir or logo's shirts.

  • The BBQ starts up at 16:30
  • Skippers Meeting begins at 19:00
  • Post Meeting party is scheduled to begin approximately 20:00 with a live band and an entertaining Mount Gay Mixologist
  • Everything formal ends at 23:00                 

During the skippers meeting, we will have draw prizes for a variety of items including Mount Gay rum, Sperry Top-Sider shoes and more.


Bring out your oldest dearest most tattered and torn Mount Gay hat and be a contestant in this year's Tattered and Torn contest.


The winner will be the person whose hat is still wearable, of course!


SPERRY TOP-SIDER Pre-Race Breakfast


Starting at 07:00, our friendly staff will be serving up another great breakfast for all participants, It's a great way to start your day. Coffee will be served starting at 06:00 so you don't have to wake anyone one up on the boat to get your morning java.


Yacht Shop will back once again to provide you with some cool and refreshing post race libations. Che will be delivering a soft bucket to your boat once you reach dock to celebrate finishing this great challenge. This year, Yacht Shop has teamed up with Great Lakes Brewery to bring you something fresh and exciting.



Tuesday July 15th at 19:00 we will begin our Flag presentations for all division winners.

Always a great time to come out and enjoy a few tails, watch our big screen replay of the race on Yellow Brick Tracking and celebrate our 25th outing. We will have live shots from the start and during the race. Since we were not able to hand out the flags at this year's Susan Hood Post Race party, we will serve up the rest of the Yacht Dogs and some Old Credit beer. Available while supplies last, so don't be late and enjoy! 

LO300 Solo Challenge Report / LO600 Challenge report

It is only 17 days until the start of the 2014 Lake Ontario 300 Solo Challenge, and the Lake Ontario 600 Solo Challenge (for 7 of us).  By now all of your plans are starting to take shape.  If anybody has ANY questions about either of these events, please contact Brent Hughes and he will get them addressed.


To date there are 7 Solo Sailing yachts competing in the LO600, along with the 3 fully crewed boats. All LO600 competitors will be inspected before the start of the Race, so please be sure to be ready to go, upon arrival at PCYC.....the safety committee will be waiting for usYou will need to send an email to safety@loor.ca, 96 hrs prior to the race, in order to schedule a time to be inspected for the race.  Please do so at your earliest convenience. Finally, all of the yachts finishing the LO600 will receive an LO600 Participation Flag, and be recognized at the Fall LO300 Banquet.  In addition, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place Flags will be awarded in the fleet.  All boats will be racing together as one fleet - fully crewed vs double-handed vs single-handed.  Brent Hughes is trying to arrange for a very special LO600 trophy; but the details are being kept secret at this time....


All the information for the race can be found at www.yachtscorring.com, www.loor.ca, and/or www.solosailors.org.  It can be a little confusing, especially if this is your first event, so feel free to get in touch with Brent Hughes at any time.




YellowBrick Logo Once again Yellowbrick will be providing our online race tracking for everyone's enjoyment.


Access to the Yellowbrick tracking can be reached through the link on the LOOR.CA website (posted on race day).


For those of us who did not have the chance to participate in the slowest LO300 in history last year we have provided the following replay of last year's race.


Please click on the following link and enjoy!


2013 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge

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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.