May 8, 2019
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The Susan Hood and 1st LOSHRS Race are just 3 Weeks Away
The 'Coolest Race on the Lake', the Susan Hood Trophy Race, begins on Friday, May 31st followed by the 1st LOSHRS event on Sunday, June 2nd. Both are excellent ways to get (back) into a new season of offshore racing in a friendly and competitive way. If you haven't already done so, you'll find registration links below or at  loor.ca Keep in mind that this year will be extra special as 2019 represents the 30th Lake Ontario 300 Challenge.
 
LOOR is pleased once again to welcome  driveHG.ca  back as Title Sponsor for the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge in 2019. We are very proud to continue growing our relationships with all our sponsors, including; North Sails, Skippers' Plan, Evolution Sails, Parker Media and Access Abilities. 
 
UCC Industries International/UCC Steelwork Connections is continuing as the Gold Sponsor for LOSHRS and this year they are awarding bursaries to y oung first-time competitors. Check out the details be low and tell your friends. We hope some racers take advantage of this promotion and join us this year. We thank all our sponsors for their ongoing support.
 
If you would like to have your boat at PCYC overnight before or after the Susan Hood on Thursday May 30th or Saturday June 1st, please use this link to inform PCYC and place your request.  The cut off to book a slip is Wednesday May 29th, 2019, at noon.    
Come on out and have fun with us.
  
 
Monica Doedens
     Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing
 
Notice of Races and Registration
 
Notice of Races and Registration
Susan Hood - What You Need to Know:!
 
Early Check in:                               Thursday, May 30th       1730 - 2100
Avoid the rush on Friday - Check In on Thursday evening
 
Race Day Check in:                       Friday, May 31st            1400 - 1700
Check in CLOSES at 5:00 pm SHARP on May 31st
            
BBQ Dinner:                                   Friday, May 31st            1600 - 1900 
(Credit and debit cards only) 

Skippers' Meeting:                        Friday, May 31st             1800 - 1900  

Sailing Instructions posted by:        Friday, May 17th             1700
Splits posted no later than:             Friday, May 31st             1000
Participants' Meeting:                     Friday, May 31st             1800    
First Warning:                                 Friday, May 31st             1945
 
LOSHRS - What You Need to Know:!
 
1st LOSHRS Race
  • Sailing Instructions posted by:         Friday, May 17th        1700
  • Splits posted no later:                      Friday, May 31st        1000
  • Participants' Meeting:                      Sunday, June 2nd      0915
  • First Warning:                                  Sunday, June 2nd      1125
LOSHRS - new for 2019
  • This year, LOOR will be hosting special Friday Night 'Kitchen Party' prior to BOTH the PCYC to Youngstown weekend, and the PCYC to Port Dalhousie weekend. 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! More details to be served up soon!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Boat Decal - LOSHRS racers, in advance of the June 15th - 16th races to Youngstown YC and back, 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:
 
UCCI & UCCSC - Sponsorship with a Purpose for 2019!
 
UCC Industries International Inc and UCC Steelwork Connections Inc ( www.ucci.ca ) are proudly continuing their sponsorship of LOSHRS events in 2019. For this season however, there is a twist. Rather than simply sponsoring the party aspect of the LOSHRS weekends, which is always fun, UCCI and UCCSC will be awarding up to SIX x $500.00 bursaries to younger, first time competitors in the LOSHRS program. These bursaries are focused on helping sailors meet the LOOR safety standards for themselves, their crew and/or their boat.
 
If you (Single Handed), or you and your crew(Double Handed), are competing in the 2019 LOSHRS Series for the 1st time and are 35 years old or younger as of June 1st, 2019, then you may qualify, and we want to hear from you! 
 
Simply send us an email outlining your story: your sailing background, the boat you'll be racing on, and why you have chosen to sail in the 2019 LOSHRS, either as a solo sailor or a double handed team. Prior to the first LOSHRS event on Sunday June 2nd,UCCI/UCCSC will chose up to SIX recipients to receive a 'Rigging Shoppe' $500 gift certificate to be used to purchase safety gear.
 
Entries musts be received by end of day Sunday, May 26th to qualify for the 2019 bursaries. Submit your entry to info@loor.ca.  
 
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. There are two different shirts offered in 2019 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.  
 
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.
Flag Presentation for Susan Hood and LO300
 
Save the Date! 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.  
Offshore Personal Survival Course 
 
Two full days of heavy weather seamanship, ocean safety and best practices for cruisers and offshore racers.  
 
Hosted at PCYC -
Saturday & Sunday, May 18th and 19th.  Early registration rate available if you sign up by May 11th. More details here.    
 
Hosted at Ontario Sailing in Hamilton - Saturday & Sunday, June 1st and 2nd.  More details here . 
Canada Coast Guard (CCG) switch to Navigational Warnings from Notice to Shipping
 
CCG has switched their Notice to Shipping to 'Navigational Warnings'. See Navigational Warnings to review this replacement service.  
 

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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.