FAQ

We understand that some of the details within the forms, notices and instructions that are standard requirements for Offshore Racing on Lake Ontario, may be confusing and require clarification.

 

Should you have an inquiry about the Notice of Race, the LOOR Offshore Special Regulations, or any other document, please send an email to our Safety Committee.

Qualifications

How do I know if my yacht will qualify?


The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is for sailing vessels with L.O.A. not less than 24 feet and manned by a skipper and crew who have demonstrated recent competency in yacht racing or passage making. The yacht must have a PHRF, IRC or GLMRA Rating Certificate to determine the exact rating to be afforded to your vessel (more details aboutyacht rating).




Do I need to be a member of a yacht club?


Yes, for insurance purposes, you must be a member of a yacht club recognized by the Canadian Yachting Association or US Sailing.




I have not raced long distances in the past but have many miles of cruising/passage making. Will this suffice?


You are most welcome. Many cruisers have more experience over long distances than racers.





Boat Inspection

How do I know if my yacht will qualify?


The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is for sailing vessels with L.O.A. not less than 24 feet and manned by a skipper and crew who have demonstrated recent competency in yacht racing or passage making. The yacht must have a PHRF, IRC or GLMRA Rating Certificate to determine the exact rating to be afforded to your vessel (more details aboutyacht rating).




Do I need to be a member of a yacht club?


Yes, for insurance purposes, you must be a member of a yacht club recognized by the Canadian Yachting Association or US Sailing.




I have not raced long distances in the past but have many miles of cruising/passage making. Will this suffice?


You are most welcome. Many cruisers have more experience over long distances than racers.





LO300 background

How do I know if my yacht will qualify?


The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is for sailing vessels with L.O.A. not less than 24 feet and manned by a skipper and crew who have demonstrated recent competency in yacht racing or passage making. The yacht must have a PHRF, IRC or GLMRA Rating Certificate to determine the exact rating to be afforded to your vessel (more details aboutyacht rating).




Do I need to be a member of a yacht club?


Yes, for insurance purposes, you must be a member of a yacht club recognized by the Canadian Yachting Association or US Sailing.




I have not raced long distances in the past but have many miles of cruising/passage making. Will this suffice?


You are most welcome. Many cruisers have more experience over long distances than racers.





Racing Divisons

How should I select crew?


From a skipper’s point of view, select your crew carefully. Experience tells us that it’s better to have less experienced crew you get along with than experienced crew you can’t stand. A boat becomes a small space after two or three days. Be clear with your expectations. If you are very competitive and intend to finish no matter how long it takes be sure all crew understand and agree to that. Friendships have been lost when part of a crew had different expectations than others. One of the exciting aspects of the LO300 is that it involves overnight sailing. For most of us, that means more than one overnight during the race. If you can conduct a practice overnight sail with your crew before the LO300 you’ll get a very good idea of what’s to come during the actual event. Have fun! The boats that do the best are those that focus on the joy of being on the water and working as a team.




What’s important when it comes to provisioning?


Make sure you have plenty of water and enough good food on board and that people eat and hydrate themselves. Include food that can be eaten during rough weather and while sitting on the rail. No one is happy when they are hungry.




How should first-time racers prepare?


We encourage all racers, first-timers and returning boats, to ensure they thoroughly review the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions on the LOOR website.

All racers should know their boat. Know where all the lines are, how to reef in the dark and which sheets tend to catch sometimes. If you don’t which point of sail your boat perform best at, figure it out before the event. It’s also recommended that they enter all the rounding mark coordinates into their on-board GPS system. Pre-programming those coordinates provides for an easier rounding in the middle of the night.

Safety is always first! It’s important you have approved PDF’s, jack-lines, harnesses and tethers, to name just a few items, to provide a safe environment and comfortable race for everyone onboard.

All participants are invited to the pre-race safety and weather briefing where you will connect with other racers and pick up valuable insight. For the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, the race committee monitors your progress from the start to the finish through a special device from YB Tracking which is attached to your boat throughout the race. The race committee are also just a phone call away in the event you need to reach them.





Strategy

What are your pieces made of?


To provide the best possible price and durability our pieces are made of pine wood, but you can request other types of wood.




How do I order?


You can get a customized quote by reachig out to use via the "contact us" tab on our site, FB message, or instagram DM.




Can I return my items?


Your pieces will be customized to fit your style. We do not offer returns, if you change your mind after your deposit has been paid and we haven't bought materials for your order we will gladly issue you a refund.




Do you ship/deliver?


We deliver all over S. FL, we currently don't offer shiping.





First-time Racers

How should I select crew?


From a skipper’s point of view, select your crew carefully. Experience tells us that it’s better to have less experienced crew you get along with than experienced crew you can’t stand. A boat becomes a small space after two or three days. Be clear with your expectations. If you are very competitive and intend to finish no matter how long it takes be sure all crew understand and agree to that. Friendships have been lost when part of a crew had different expectations than others. One of the exciting aspects of the LO300 is that it involves overnight sailing. For most of us, that means more than one overnight during the race. If you can conduct a practice overnight sail with your crew before the LO300 you’ll get a very good idea of what’s to come during the actual event. Have fun! The boats that do the best are those that focus on the joy of being on the water and working as a team.




What’s important when it comes to provisioning?


Make sure you have plenty of water and enough good food on board and that people eat and hydrate themselves. Include food that can be eaten during rough weather and while sitting on the rail. No one is happy when they are hungry.




How should first-time racers prepare?


We encourage all racers, first-timers and returning boats, to ensure they thoroughly review the Notice of Race and the Sailing Instructions on the LOOR website.

All racers should know their boat. Know where all the lines are, how to reef in the dark and which sheets tend to catch sometimes. If you don’t which point of sail your boat perform best at, figure it out before the event. It’s also recommended that they enter all the rounding mark coordinates into their on-board GPS system. Pre-programming those coordinates provides for an easier rounding in the middle of the night.

Safety is always first! It’s important you have approved PDF’s, jack-lines, harnesses and tethers, to name just a few items, to provide a safe environment and comfortable race for everyone onboard.

All participants are invited to the pre-race safety and weather briefing where you will connect with other racers and pick up valuable insight. For the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, the race committee monitors your progress from the start to the finish through a special device from YB Tracking which is attached to your boat throughout the race. The race committee are also just a phone call away in the event you need to reach them.





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