March 13, 2019
Lake Ontario Offshore Racing

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It's March and Launch is coming up FAST
So, of course, everyone is thinking about the racing season, right? The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing committee certainly is and we're planning on providing you with a very memorable year. Especially considering that it will be the 30th LO300 Challenge and the 45th LOSHRS. Lots to celebrate!!
If you haven't registered yet, make sure you use the links below to sign up and pay for the races of your choice before the early bird deadline and order your Crew Shirts. Registration is already up 10% for the Susan Hood Trophy Race with 36 boats registered; while the LO300 has 32 boats registered! It's going to be a great season!
Monica Doedens
     Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing
Early Bird Registration Deadline - March 15th:
The Early Bird Registration deadline for the LO300 Challenge, the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the LOSHRS races, is end of day on March 15th, 2019. Registration is only considered completed when full payment has been made. Full pricing will be applied to unpaid registrations after March 15th.

Notice of Races and Registration
Back by Popular Demand - Customized Shirts for your Crew!
Once again for 2019, LOOR are pleased to offer each boat registered and paid for the LO300 Challenge the opportunity to order customized shirts for their crew. Prices: Short sleeve $26.50 and Long sleeve $31.50. Deadline to place your order is end of day June 14th. See what they look like and order here
North Sails pHRF and IRC Measurements
Once again, North Sails Toronto is holding a measurement event to get you started ahead of the 2019 sailing and racing season. 

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 and the LOOR versions of the OSRs are available at:  LOOR Offshore Special Regulations

Crew Bank - Need Crew or interested in Crewing?
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.
Will Your GPS Be Impacted by the April Date Rollover?
On April 6th, 2019 older GPS units may experience a range of problems because of a limitation in how they handle dates.  Those problems could include not being able to receive location data.  It turns out the way dates are stored in older GPS units has a rollover event every roughly 20 years and we are about to experience the second one since the GPS constellations came online. For the full story see: GPS date rollover affects older GPS units
Chicago Yacht Club Releases Report on Fatal Accident during 2018 Race to Mackinac
On February 25th, 2019, the Chicago Yacht Club publicly released the report on the fatal crew overboard accident that took place during the July 2018 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. The report analyzes what took place during the incident and includes important lessons learned. For the full story see: Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.


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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.