Well, it is if you're keen! It's already February and we're pleased to let you know that registration for all 2019 LOOR races is open! It is very exciting to see that there are already 21 signed up for the Susan Hood Trophy Race, 15 registered for the 30th Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, and 14 racers enrolled in the LOSHR Series of races.
It was wonderful to see and greet so many offshore racers at the 2019 Toronto International Boat Show in January. Many racers dropped by just to say hello and lots of winners picked up their flags and plaques.
Coming up very quickly on March 6th is our 'Speakers Night' at PCYC. This year our special guest speaker will be Ron Bianchi talking about...... See more details about this event below.
Through the above links, you can also access additional documents including; Sail Plan, Alternate Sail Number, Registration Change Form, etc.
Weather wise man Ron Bianci will discuss how to identify the signs and patterns to understand the weather you're experiencing on the water. Find out what the weather indicates so you can race better while remaining safe in LOOR events. The event is at PCYC on March 6th, 2019, at 7:00.
Offshore Special Regulations & Safety Requirements:
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing follows World Sailing's Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) for safety requirements over and above governmental requirements. Requirements vary by category. Categories for LOOR events are:
Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race (LO300) is Category 3
Susan Hood Trophy Race (SHTR) is Category 3
Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series
Long Distance (Race 4) is Category 3
Other Races are Category 4
The LOOR versions of the OSRs for these categories are available at:
If you are a sailor and interested in participating in one of the Lake Ontario Offshore Races, or a skipper who needs crew, use the Crew/Boats Boards on the Yacht Scoring Registration and Official Document page. This resource was in high demand during the 2018 season and crew was snapped up very early. There are already a few eager racers listed as available crew for the 2019 season. Check it out and ensure you don't miss the opportunity to participate in a LOOR event this year.
You'll find the link on the Registration page, right side of the page, called 'Crew/Boat Boards', or go to the Crew Bank page on the LOOR site.
US Customs Sticker:
While it currently looks like there may not be a second partial shutdown of the US government we urge you to keep in mind that if a one does occur the process for obtaining the necessary customs sticker required for visiting boats 30' or over will almost certainly be impacted. If you are planning on racing in the LOSHRS YYC weekend - or otherwise planning to visit the US with your 30' or over boat - we recommend filing for the sticker as soon as possible in order to minimize or avoid any problems obtaining said sticker.
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.