June 11, 2019
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

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We're Off and Racing - despite the temperature!
The Susan Hood Trophy Race once again provided unpredictable spring weather and wind conditions to frustrate, stymie, invigorate and inspire. The 92 boats registered to start this race on Friday, May 31st, experienced many of these elements during the first offshore event of the 2019 season. Many racers commented that this year's Hood wasn't actually the 'Coolest Race on the Lake', more like the Coldest race on the lake. Will spring ever get here?!!
Immediately following the Susan Hood, the 1st LOSHRS event of the season kicked-off with the Course Race on Sunday, June 2nd. Conditions were mixed with a gentle breeze to kick things off then building to stronger and steady winds from the north west by the end. For all the results, check out RACE RESULTS 
Speaking of LOSHRS; please note that the destination for races #2 & #3, originally scheduled for a weekend in Youngstown June 15th and 16th, has been changed to Port Dalhousie due to the high-water levels this spring. More details below. If you need a slip on the Friday June 14th, act fast - submit your REQUEST to PCYC before the cut off - Wednesday, June 12. 
A call for volunteers: If you're not racing and want to get involved, please volunteer on the race committee for the start of LOSHRS Race #2 on Saturday, June 14th and the finish of Race #3 on Sunday, both at PCYC. Please contact Graham at racecommittee@loor.ca 
In yacht racing, good sportsmanship is commonly referred to as 'Corinthian Spirit', based on the excitement of a common goal - to have fun during the thrill of competition. This includes the expectation that we will leave course marks on the designated side before setting off for the next mark. As tempting as it may be to cut the corner, it's only a couple of extra tacks. Vessels not completing the course as outlined in the Notice of Race may be protested.
The deadline for custom shirts for your LO300 crew is this Friday, June 14th. Get your order in today.
I hope you'll join us at the start line!
Notice of Races and Registration
LOSHRS Race #2 & #3 - 
What You Need to Know:    
  • Destination is Port Dalhousie
  • Friday, June 14th (at PCYC)
    • Skipper Check in for Race #2              19:00 - 19:30
    • Participants' Meeting                         19:30
    • Kitchen Party                                       20:30
  • Saturday, June 15th
    • First Warning                                      09:55
LOSHRS - new for 2019
  • This year, LOOR will be hosting special Friday Night 'Kitchen Party' prior to Race #2. Want to join in? Bring your guitar, banjo or whatever, and jam along with past LOOR Chairman, Joe Doris. What a great way to kick off these events.
  • In addition, prior to these weekend races, you will have the opportunity to purchase Bag Lunches for skippers and crew for just $5.00 each! Details are here: LOSHRS Lunches!   *Note: The order form is finicky.  The default sandwich will be deli meat but if you prefer veggie thne scroll down on the ordering page and select the veggie option to notify us.  It doesn't appear to do anything but if you scroll back up you will see it listed under the number of sandwiches ordered. Like we said... finickey.  Order must be in by noon on Wednesday.  Sanwiches can be picked up at the skippers' meeting.
Visiting a U.S. port on the Lake this Summer?
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Boat Decal - Whether you're cruising or racing a LOSHRS or the LO300 Challenge, ensure you have your Decal from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. This is needed if your boat is 30' or over and you are entering any U.S. port. See DTOPS 
  • Pleasure Boat Reporting Requirements - Clearing into the U.S.
Beginning September 5, 2018, SVRS will no longer be in service and float plans will no longer be accepted.  Boaters looking for a new, faster way to report their arrival and/or apply for a registered boater program may use the CBP ROAM app, available for free on the Apple App and Google Play stores. Boaters may also continue to report their arrival via designated telephone reporting numbers, if desired. For more information, please check out:
Safety at Night...Show the Right Lights! 
Several racers in the Susan Hood have reported that some racing sailboats were not complying with the Canada Shipping Act, The Collision Regulations, with respect to navigation lights, e.g.
  • Not displaying prescribed navigation lights from sunset until sunrise and whenever visibility is restricted, and they must remain on throughout these periods.
  • Displaying their steaming light when only under sail
  • Displaying their anchor light when under way
  • Displaying both their steaming light and anchor light when under way under sail only
The incorrect display of navigation lights is a major safety issue that could lead to accidents, injuries and loss of life. If a sailboat under sail only is displays her steaming light, then this vessel is telling everyone else on the water that she is motor sailing. Other vessels seeing this have reasonable expectation that she will following the Rules of the Road as a powerboat and not a sailboat. This can lead to confusion and dangerous situations.
If a vessel experiences equipment failure related to her sidelights and/or stern light, then she must use independently powered reserve lights provided that such lights meet the same specifications as the primary lights. This is covered in Offshore Special Regulations (OSR), AKA safety and equipment requirements, used by LOOR for Category 3 events, clause 3.73.3.
Please stay safe at night by showing the right lights. Take every precaution to ensure you and your crew have a safe, fun and memorable time out on the water this season - whether racing or cruising.
Customized Shirts for your Crew!   
All boats who have registered and paid for the LO300 Challenge have the opportunity to order customized shirts for their crew. There are two different shirts offered for the 30th running of the LO300 - A Nike Polo shirt or a Gildan Technical t-shirt.
Prices: Polo - $52.55; Short sleeve Gildan $26.50; Long sleeve Gildan $31.50. All prices are inclusive of HST and include Embroidery or Heat Transfer. The deadline to place your order is end of day June 14th. See what they look like and order  here
Save the Date - Flag Presentation for Susan Hood and LO300   
The Flag Presentation for the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge will be held on Friday July 19th, 2019, at Lakeshore Yacht Club, 76 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario More Details to follow.

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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.