Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) has a long history of supporting and hosting the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series and single- and double-handed racing on Lake Ontario.
In 2003, this challenging racing series expanded from the exclusive domain of the single-handed sailors to include double-handed divisions. In 2004, there were almost as many double-handed racers as single-handed.
In 2011 over 120 sailboats registered for the series and the fleet averaged over 75 boats on the starting line for each race. This allowed the organizing committee to establish 13 divisions for tight, fair competition, and a fantastic opportunity to put your names on over 31 trophies.
All boats are raced either single-handed (one skipper) or double-handed (one skipper and one crew member). The fleet and skippers are placed into similarly rated divisions for awards, flags and trophies. As well as separate classes for single and double-handed, the boats utilize their PHRF ratings and can fly spinnaker or white-sail. The coveted trophies, awards, flags and keepsakes associated with this series are varied, and sought after. The racing series has its own Awards Banquet, held at the Port Credit Yacht Club in November.
Come away from the series with more confidence and expertise at short-handed sailing, by sharing the roles of skipper, crew, navigator, and galley cook. You also have the option of enjoying the solitude, thrill and frustration of sailing single-handed.
Remember, there is a lot of help associate with this fleet, and during the season, you can learn how to equip, handle and race against similarly rated sailboats. LOSHRS boats typically range from purpose built ‘racers’ to heavy displacement ‘cruising’ sailboats. It all comes up more or less even with the PHRF rating system.