May 11, 2018
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The Season is Upon Us!  
Hello Racers!  The Susan Hood Trophy Race opens the LOOR racing calendar and it's just three weeks away.  The LOSHRS course race follows closely.  Both are excellent ways to get (back) into a new year of offshore racing in a friendly and competitive way.  The number of competitors this year is high and registration is still open.  If you haven't already done so you'll find links to get registered in this newsletter or on loor.ca.

LOOR is pleased to welcome driveHG.ca back as title sponsor for the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario 300/600.  We also are very happy to grow our relationship with other current sponsors North Sails, Evolution Sails and Access Abilities.  Please see below for all the details.   
 
If you are new to any of our events and you have questions please reach out to us at info@LOOR.ca or contact your club LOOR ambassador.  We'll help get you to the start line; the sailing is you! 

See you on the start line soon.
 
Joe Doris
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing


Important Information for Racers: The 2018 Susan Hood Trophy Race, Friday, June 2nd:

Early Check in:                             Thursday, May 31st      1730 - 2100
Avoid the rush on Friday - Check In on Thursday evening
 
Race Day Check in:                      Friday, June 1st           1400 - 1700
Check in CLOSES at 5:00 pm SHARP on June 1st
           
BBQ Dinner:                                  Friday, June 1st           1600 - 1900
(Please note that PCYC does not accept cash.  Credit and debit only)

Skippers' Meeting:                         Friday, June 1st          1800 - 1900 

Race Specifics:

New Route this year.  Read your SIs...
Sailing Instructions posted by        Friday, May 18th

Splits posted no later than:              Friday, June 1st        1000
Participants' Meeting:                       Friday, June 1st        1800    
First Warning:                                    Friday, June 1st        1945
 
Flag Presentation and Post race party will be in a new location this year. The Flag Presentation for the 2018 Susan Hood Trophy Race will be held in conjunction with the Flag Presentation for the 2018 Lake Ontario 300/600 on Friday July 20, 2018, at Lakeshore Yacht Club, 76 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario.

Save the date!  We will send out more details closer to the event.
 
Racers:  Make sure you note that the course this year is the reverse of recent years.  That means the first leg will be PCYC to Niagara, not Burlington Weather Buoy!
 
If you would like to have your boat at PCYC overnight before or after the race Thursday May 31st or Saturday June 2nd) please use the link below to inform PCYC and place your request:
 http://www.pcyc.net/submaster.cfm?apage=ERS/event_registration.cfm&EventID=94
 
The link will remain active until Wednesday May 30, 2018, at 11:30 PM.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering for registration or monitoring the finish for the Susan Hood please contact racecommittee@loor.ca
First LOSHRS Race is  Sunday June 3, 2018
SIs should be available from yachtscoring May 18th, 2018.

LOSH competitors can use the link given above to book a space at PCYC for Saturday night and be ready to go Sunday morning for the first - and shortest - race of the LOSHRS six race season, the course race. 

Branded shirts are Included in your registration for the full 2018 LOSHRS season.  Please go here to order the correct size and number for your registration.

* Note: If your boat is 30' or over, ensure that you have obtained your Decal from U.S. Customs and Border Protection prior to entering any U.S. port. You'll need this for the June 17th - 18th races to Youngstown YC and back. See DTOPS.

North Sails becomes exclusive sailmaker sponsor of the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the LO300/LO600 Challenges
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing are pleased to announce North Sails as the exclusive sailmaker sponsor of the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario 300/600 Challenges, both presented by DriveHG.
 
"The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge and the Susan Hood Trophy Race have become staples in the sailing community." said Hugh Beaton, North Sails Expert in Toronto, adding that, "These events offer many sailors the opportunity to test their skills. We at North Sails are pleased to become the exclusive sailmaker sponsor for both events; continuing our support for racers and racing on the Great Lakes!"
 
"Our partnership with North Sails spans over 10 years with the same goal of getting sailors out racing", comments Joe Doris, Chair of Lake Ontario Offshore Racing. "We look forward to this new dimension of our relationship with North Sails and continuing to promote offshore racing on Lake Ontario."

Read the Press Release for full details.

2018 Offshore Racing Dates
  • LO300/600 presented by driveHG: Saturday July 14, 2018 
  • LOSHrs: Six Races between Sunday June 3 and Sunday September 16, 2018.
  • Special Note: The LO600 is back in 2018!
Please visit loor.ca for registration details.  
 
LOOR Event Registrations as of May 11, 2018:
 
Race

Entrants
Susan Hood Trophy Race

78
Lake Ontario 300/600 Challenge

76 (8 of which are registered
 for the LO600)
LOSHrs

81
 
2018 LOOR Offshore Racing Guide:

The 2018 edition of the Racing Guide has been printed and distributed to many clubs and yachting shops around Lake Ontario.  Pick one up at your club or find the online edition here

Evolution Sails and Access Abilities Team Up for LOSHRS:

Following the sudden, unexpected passing of longtime LOSHRS supporter Brian Chapman in January, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing is proud to welcome Evolution Sails and Access Abilities as co-sponsors for the annual LOSHRS Sail Giveaway for the 2018 series.
 
Greg Bratkiw (Evolution) is a lifelong Toronto sailor and has always been a great supporter of LOOR plus many other racing events.  His team at the loft will help fill this void in our season, by providing the (up to) $5,000 Evolution sail giveaway during our draw at Dalhousie YC dinner on Saturday September 15, 2018.  We thank Greg very much for his support and look forward to working with him throughout the year.  
 
In addition, longtime LOSHRS competitor David Courtney (Access Abilities), has offered to share in the expenses with Evolution Sails.  We thank David for his support and commitment as well.
 
With Evolution / Access Abilities sponsoring the sail giveaway, and UCCI / UCCSC sponsoring the parties, the LOOR committee is looking to make 2018 the best year ever in the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series. 
Broadreach Jilàsi for Youth Regatta: September 22, 2018.

Broad Reach Foundation is proud to present the inaugural Jilàsi for Youth Regatta at National Yacht Club.  Activities and prizes on shore will follow the pursuit race.  Details on both the race and Broadreach's community activities can be found on the Broadreach website.
 

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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.