Preparing for Racing.
The start of the 2021 Lake Ontario Racing Season is less than 12-weeks away…can you believe it? I suspect many of you are already itching to take off the winter cover and start cleaning the hull.
The LOOR committee has been working hard to make sure all is ready for the racing season. Race dates are set, Notice of Race is posted, crews are being arranged, and registration is open. We continue to monitor restrictions, and will be following government guidelines carefully to ensure our racers stay safe. We will make your everyone stays informed of any changes we need to make.
LOOR continues to host our Webinar Series to help prepare racers for an exciting 2021 Lake Ontario Racing Season. The next Webinar, How Do I Obtain a PHRF-LO Certificate, is Tuesday, March 16th @ 19:30.
The fleet has started to fill-in nicely. No doubt many of you are already looking forward to getting out on the water to set course and personal records in 2021. This year we are celebrating the 31st LO300 Challenge and the 4th LO600 Challenge.
The first race of the season is the 75 NM Susan Hood Trophy Race, scheduled for Friday, June 04th. Running annually since 1955 (well, except for last year of course) on the first weekend of June and affectionately referred to as “the coolest race on the lake”, First Warning is 19:45PM on the Friday evening, making it an overnight experience on often very cold water with racers typically back at PCYC during the afternoon of the following day.
The Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series (LOSHRS) also begins that weekend, with the 16 NM Course Race scheduled for Sunday, June 5th.
We are also working on virtual races plus a special HUG program with driveHG. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for more information. 2021 LOOR racing promises to be memorable for all race participants.
Take care of yourselves, and if you can, take care of someone else.
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing