July 2014
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

Race day is just about here. We have a wonderful fleet of competitive sailors ready to do battle in numerous divisions spanning tenacious solo mariners to fully crewed super-fast hard core racers. We all have a goal in the Lake Ontario 300/600 Challenge and the organizing committee is confident that your skill and determination will be rewarded in many ways over the course of the race. Safety should always your top priority but testing your navigational, sail handling and tactical prowess is the fun part. It's what brings us back to this great event year after year.


Port Credit Yacht Club is ready to welcome you and your crew on Friday evening for the Skipper's meeting and a pre-race party. Don't miss it.


Saturday will see quite a few spectator boats out on the water following all the action down to the Gibraltar mark. This will afford some great photo opportunities but remember to keep clear of the starting area. Share your photos by posting them to our Facebook page.

Nothing more to do but keep an eye on the weather and look forward to a fabulous few days of racing. It doesn't get any better than this!


Fast sailing,

Joe Doris

Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing



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To make life easy we have placed the links on our home page for the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge:


            Yellowbrick tracking system,

            WRI weather system,


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Please pass these links to our friends, colleagues and relatives so everyone can enjoy following the adventures on the water.

Check-in is open Friday at 10:00am

We will be set up and ready with our famous Crew kits, skippers shirts, skippers bag, Mount Gay Hats, Sperry Top-Sider race shirts, punch cards for our complimentary breakfast, post race meals, party drinks etc. Yellowbrick transponders will be handed out as well at registration.

 ALL we ask is that you come prepared with the documents that are required. Every skipper has received a check list to make this process smooth and simple for everyone. If you have not received your checklist or are not sure of what you require please contact Monica Doedens mndoedens@gmail.com


Skippers Meeting will begin at 19:00 and is mandatory for every boat to be represented.


Ron Bianchi will be providing us with some weather highlights and what to watch for on what will promise to be a weekend of mixed weather so don't miss out.

 The Store Mason's Chandlery


Don't forget to call or email Morten Fogh at The Store if you would like to ensure some apparel or supplies are on hand for you when you arrive.

Contact Morten at The Store Mason's Chandlery.


The Party Starts with Mount Gay after the skippers meeting.

The band "Rebel Joe" will be ready to go following the skippers meeting and Mount Gay will be set up with one of Toronto's top Mixologist's to provide some entertainment and some great drinks. With plans to begin at 8:00 we hope everyone has a great time.

Division Splits are posted!

For those who have not checked lately, the Division Splits for this year's race are now posted on YachtScoring. Check them out so you know who is in your division.

Aerial Race Start Video by CanDrone


Something new this year! Conditions permitting, Alex Wright from CanDrone will be taking video and photography of the race start of the race using the latest cutting edge drone technology. Don't be afraid to look up and wave.

Say thank you to The Yacht Shop!

Once again this year all the returning, thirsty sailors from the Lake Ontario 300 are welcome to stop by and see Che Decastro of The Yacht Shop aboard the the host boat "Redemption" and enjoy a complimentary cold beer. Redemption is stunning 2010 Dufour which is listed for sale with The Yacht Shop.

Please be courteous and remove your foot wear before stepping aboard, then enjoy a moment to unwind and share a few stories with your crew.


LO300 Sailors are invited to come aboard for this year's special Lake Ontario 2014 Edition can of Great Lakes Brewery's 2014 Canadian Brewery of the year award winning Blonde Lager in a specially designed can!

Drink the beer but keep the souvenir can! (Alcohol from any yacht is not permitted inside the club or the fenced area on the front lawn).


To learn more contact Che Decastro at The Yacht Shop.

Post Race Chili


Once again we will have some excellent post race chili up at the race office waiting for you when you bring up your race log and transponder.


It's a huge hit any time of the day and is just as good before or after you visit Yacht Shop for a beer, (please don't take the Chili on the yacht when you get your beer !)

Team Challenge Sponsored by Pat Sturgeon Yachts is shaping up!

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Some competitive teams have already come out for this year's team challenge to threaten the defending team from PCYC. Still some good teams to come in so please look at your club's entry and send in your team. Otherwise we will make one up for you.


As we have done in the past we do not mind taking 2 boats from a club and adding another to make the team, it's all for charity!


Entries to Date:

MCC Rockets -   
Team CBYC -  The Bay Boy's 
Wind Riders, PCYC 
The East Ender's     WYC  
Team USA YYC  
AB J Boats    ABYC  
BLAST, Rampage 2, Air Force
Jeannie, Happy Puppy, Ain't Miss Behavin'
Shorthanded, Mister Ed, Setanta Black Magic, Sumac, Pearl
Reliance, Lake Effect, Sorpresa
Epiphany, Joelyrose, Mythos
Lively, The Cat Came Back, Crime Scene
Sona, Hammertime2, Merlin M2 


Send team name and boat names to Brian Townsend 

WRI Weather Package Give Aways


Congratulations to the following boats who have one a detailed weather plan courtesy of WRI.

This trip planning package can be used any time from now to the end of the season so please enjoy the benefits!


Alor Star Romuald Januszewics CBYC
EventideJohn BallQCYC
Ticker TapeDon LounsburyPCYC


Post Race Party and North Sails Presentation


Don't forget to mark your calendars for this year's Post Race Flag Celebration, Tuesday July 15th at PCYC. Thanks to Old Credit Brewery for some refreshments and the Susan Hood Trophy Race for some great yacht dogs, complimentary for participants while supplies last.

West Marine Sponsorship


West Marine has come on board as a sponsor of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge for this year and moving forward. We would like to welcome them on board and thank them for their support.


Last year's Mount Gay Tattered, Torn n Worn winner.
Last year's Mount Gay Tattered, Torn 'n Worn winner.

Your tattered and torn old Mount Gay hat could win you a nice bottle if you happen to be wearing it at the end of our skippers meeting on Friday Night.


This contest will only take a few minutes and will highlight a great night of giveaway prizes so make sure you have your crew tickets from check-in.

Broad Reach Foundation


Our favourite charity will once again be on our front lawn with another great raffle to provide you a chance to support this excellent charity that uses sailing as a means to turn around and shape youths in Toronto.

Fuelling your boat


If you are coming in from out of town and need fuel, please be advised that there is a gas dock at the Marina across from PCYC. Same applies for if you need it after the race.

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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.