February 2018
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing
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Ahoy, Lake Ontario Offshore Racers!      
The 2018 Toronto International Boat Show is now fading in the rear view mirror and it was great to see so many of you drop by and chat with our booth volunteers. By the tone of all the comments your LOOR committee is going a great job, but we are always looking for your suggestions to improve and attract new racers to our programs. So please pipe up if you have comments or ideas for the future.  You can send us an email at i nfo@loor.ca.

Registration is open. Please sign up early as not only do you avail of the early -bird fee structure, it also encourages others to sign up as well. Fees go up on March 15th.

Many of you have noted that our website has been compromised by some bottom-dweller casino website hacker. Do they not know that racers are cheap! We only spend our money on rum, the occasional new pair of deck shoes and sails. There is nothing left in the kitty for gambling. The good news is that our new and improved website is and running and should take care of the problem. More below...

Fabulous news for 2018!!  Humberview Group (DriveHG.ca) is back as our title sponsor for the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario 300. Their contribution is crucial to the ensuring that LOOR puts on world class events year after year. Many thanks to Andrew Lennox and Jim Leckie for your continued support of offshore racing.

On a more somber note, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the loss of a great sailor and a great man. Brian Chapman of UK Sails passed away recently and he will be sorely missed. He was a perennial supporter of the LOSHRS racing program and encouraged sailors of all abilities to get off the dock and just go racing. Eight bells, Brian.
See you all in a few months on the start line.

Joe Doris
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

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.  And speaking of our website 


The New loor.ca Website Is Now Live!


As Joe mentions in his introductory letter the new website is now live, but search engines may still point to old pages until they have re-indexed the new site. So, for the short term please go to http://www.loor.ca directly or use the links above if you want to go straight to race registration.  The loor.ca website is itself operating as it should and going there directly will not result in any casino shenanigans unless you have used a search engine to find us recently.  


LOOR Event Registration as of February 9, 2018:



Susan Hood Trophy Race

Lake Ontario 300/600 Challenge

15, 3 of which are signed up for the LO600



P.S.: It is worth noting that our registrations at the end of this year's boat show were double the number of registrants at that time last year! 


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
Sponsors Return!        

In addition to the return of DriveHG as title sponsor for the Lake Ontario 300/600 Challenge we are also very pleased to welcome both Skipper's Plan and UCCI back for the 2018 season.  Skipper's Plan will be supplying the highly appreciated post-race chili for famished racers finishing the LO300 Challenge, while UCCI will be supporting LOSHrs post-race celebrations.

Please have a look at all our sponsor's websites through the links in the left margin of this newsletter.  A hearty thanks to all for supporting them as they support us!

Happy Puppy Review their Race Strategy:
In this extract from the 2018 LOOR Offshore Racing Guide Daniel McKindsey reviews the preparations and strategy of multiple time contenders in the LO300 / 600, Happy Puppy.  The article can be found here

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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.