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 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.





Boat Inspection

When did the LO300 start?


The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge was designed in 1990 as the ultimate challenge of navigation and sailing skills. Originally the race was only open to double handed sail teams, but in 1997 fully crewed divisions were added to increase participation.When did the LO300 start?




What are the LO300 courses?


It is the longest annually competed offshore racing course at 300 nautical miles. It navigates all four corners of the lake with the various local wind conditions and currents.

There are two courses within this event; the actual 300 nautical mile course which stretches from Port Credit Yacht Club down to a buoy just off Oswego, N.Y, around Main Duck island, past the Niagara #2 buoy and then back to PCYC. The shorter course (190 nautical miles), for non-flying sails vessels, also starts at PCYC then heads east and takes a turn at Scotch Bonnet Island (near Prince Edward County), before sailing around the Niagara #2 buoy, and then across the lake to the finish at PCYC.




Do all boats finish the race?


Novice racers, professional racers and experienced offshore ocean racers continue to be amazed at what Lake Ontario can offer up over 2 or 3 days. Finishing the LO300 is not a given, since the inception of this race there has never been 100% of participants finish the race. The highest finish rate is 93% and the lowest finish rate was 30% in 2002. Over the last decade finishing percentages have improved with technology etc. but remain in the 80 to 90% finish rate. The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge will always be the race on the lakes that is a victory to finish.





LO300 background

When did the LO300 start?


The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge was designed in 1990 as the ultimate challenge of navigation and sailing skills. Originally the race was only open to double handed sail teams, but in 1997 fully crewed divisions were added to increase participation.When did the LO300 start?




What are the LO300 courses?


It is the longest annually competed offshore racing course at 300 nautical miles. It navigates all four corners of the lake with the various local wind conditions and currents.

There are two courses within this event; the actual 300 nautical mile course which stretches from Port Credit Yacht Club down to a buoy just off Oswego, N.Y, around Main Duck island, past the Niagara #2 buoy and then back to PCYC. The shorter course (190 nautical miles), for non-flying sails vessels, also starts at PCYC then heads east and takes a turn at Scotch Bonnet Island (near Prince Edward County), before sailing around the Niagara #2 buoy, and then across the lake to the finish at PCYC.




Do all boats finish the race?


Novice racers, professional racers and experienced offshore ocean racers continue to be amazed at what Lake Ontario can offer up over 2 or 3 days. Finishing the LO300 is not a given, since the inception of this race there has never been 100% of participants finish the race. The highest finish rate is 93% and the lowest finish rate was 30% in 2002. Over the last decade finishing percentages have improved with technology etc. but remain in the 80 to 90% finish rate. The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge will always be the race on the lakes that is a victory to finish.





Racing Divisons

What Is DHA? Is It Safe?


DHA is the main ingredient in the sunless tanning products I use. It is a simple, non-toxic sugar that is derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. When applied to the body, DHA will respond to the amino acids on the outermost layer of the skin, changing its color to a tan tone that looks beautiful. These tones range over five different shades to ensure I can always deliver the precise color that my customer wants. It is completely safe. I also offer nasal filters for people to feel more comfortable. In addition, I have the Demistifier exhaust booth which extracts 99% of tanning overspray. This patented exhaust system removes overspray by capturing and filtering solution particles from the air.




So Is “The More DHA, The Better” A True Statement?


No! What you should look for is a good formula that goes on as light as possible but still gets the job done. You don’t want to glob a bunch of DHA on your customers any more than you’d want to use an entire bottle of shampoo to wash your hair. All the extra shampoo doesn’t make your hair any cleaner, it just creates a huge mess and wastes your money. Similarly, companies that make concentrations of 10, 15 and even 20% DHA are just setting their customers up for a tan that looks horrible, dries out their skin, and feels tacky to the touch.




Why Do Some Tans Make People Look Like They Rolled In Orange Doritos?


Unnatural orange tones are usually the result of either too high of a concentration of DHA in the tanning formula, or over-application of a properly concentrated formula. Other companies generally only offer one color, and their formulas often contain DHA levels that are too high to deliver a natural-looking tan.




How Is A Tan From DHA Different From The One I Get From Tanning Booths or The Sun?


DHA reacts with the amino acids in your skin to change the color temporarily and naturally (generally lasting about 7 to 10 days). The effect is completely safe and is temporary because the outer layer of your skin is continually replacing dead cells with new ones. Both the sun and tanning booths darken the skin by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV); when exposed, cells known as melanocytes produce brown pigment called melanin, which darkens the skin as a natural defense against the UV radiation.




Are There Any Cosmetics Or Colorants In The Solutions?


Yes. DHA takes 8 to 12 hours to realize its full-color potential. Five of our solutions are mixed with cosmetic bronzers to give your skin a beautiful cosmetic tan while the DHA is activating. Two of our solutions are clear and therefore do not contain any cosmetic bronzer. Your skin will gradually darken over the first 8-12 hours until it reaches its full-color potential.




Do you offer gift cards?


Yes! Gift Certificates are available. Please contact us for more details. Email: glomobynadine@gmail.com




What Is Your Payment & Cancellation Policy?


When you schedule your appointment, we will contact you to confirm availability, confirm your specific requests, and collect half payment over the phone via credit card. The remaining balance will be collected due upon completion of services, or paid ahead of time, it's up to you :) - We recommend paying in full upon reservation so everything is taken care of the day of your event! - Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to your appointment will be charged $35 to the credit card on file. No shows with no calls will be charged the full price of service with no refund. ** Please keep in mind that when scheduling at your convenience, we are arranging our day around providing you with the best service possible, so please keep in touch leading up to your appointment to keep us informed of any scheduling changes or issues that may arise.




How Long Will My Spray Tan Last?


A natural looking tan should last 4-7 days depending on the individual and their skin type. Applying extending moisturizers will extend the life of the tan. These are optional products available by request in advance of your session, and can be purchased during your session if available.




How Should I Prepare For My Session?


We recommend exfoliating 24-48 hrs prior to spray session. It is important NOT to use products such as moisturizers, shaving gels, creams, waxes, or bar soap within 24 hrs to the tanning sessions. - Day of Session, Do NOT apply lotions, moisturizers or perfumes prior to your tanning session. - Use deodorant sparingly. - Carefully remove makeup prior to your session. - Wear dark, loose fitting clothing and remove jewelry. - Tight clothing can rub off or smear bronzers especially around the knees, elbows, and waist.​





Strategy

What Is DHA? Is It Safe?


DHA is the main ingredient in the sunless tanning products I use. It is a simple, non-toxic sugar that is derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. When applied to the body, DHA will respond to the amino acids on the outermost layer of the skin, changing its color to a tan tone that looks beautiful. These tones range over five different shades to ensure I can always deliver the precise color that my customer wants. It is completely safe. I also offer nasal filters for people to feel more comfortable. In addition, I have the Demistifier exhaust booth which extracts 99% of tanning overspray. This patented exhaust system removes overspray by capturing and filtering solution particles from the air.




So Is “The More DHA, The Better” A True Statement?


No! What you should look for is a good formula that goes on as light as possible but still gets the job done. You don’t want to glob a bunch of DHA on your customers any more than you’d want to use an entire bottle of shampoo to wash your hair. All the extra shampoo doesn’t make your hair any cleaner, it just creates a huge mess and wastes your money. Similarly, companies that make concentrations of 10, 15 and even 20% DHA are just setting their customers up for a tan that looks horrible, dries out their skin, and feels tacky to the touch.




Why Do Some Tans Make People Look Like They Rolled In Orange Doritos?


Unnatural orange tones are usually the result of either too high of a concentration of DHA in the tanning formula, or over-application of a properly concentrated formula. Other companies generally only offer one color, and their formulas often contain DHA levels that are too high to deliver a natural-looking tan.




How Is A Tan From DHA Different From The One I Get From Tanning Booths or The Sun?


DHA reacts with the amino acids in your skin to change the color temporarily and naturally (generally lasting about 7 to 10 days). The effect is completely safe and is temporary because the outer layer of your skin is continually replacing dead cells with new ones. Both the sun and tanning booths darken the skin by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV); when exposed, cells known as melanocytes produce brown pigment called melanin, which darkens the skin as a natural defense against the UV radiation.




Are There Any Cosmetics Or Colorants In The Solutions?


Yes. DHA takes 8 to 12 hours to realize its full-color potential. Five of our solutions are mixed with cosmetic bronzers to give your skin a beautiful cosmetic tan while the DHA is activating. Two of our solutions are clear and therefore do not contain any cosmetic bronzer. Your skin will gradually darken over the first 8-12 hours until it reaches its full-color potential.




Do you offer gift cards?


Yes! Gift Certificates are available. Please contact us for more details. Email: glomobynadine@gmail.com




What Is Your Payment & Cancellation Policy?


When you schedule your appointment, we will contact you to confirm availability, confirm your specific requests, and collect half payment over the phone via credit card. The remaining balance will be collected due upon completion of services, or paid ahead of time, it's up to you :) - We recommend paying in full upon reservation so everything is taken care of the day of your event! - Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to your appointment will be charged $35 to the credit card on file. No shows with no calls will be charged the full price of service with no refund. ** Please keep in mind that when scheduling at your convenience, we are arranging our day around providing you with the best service possible, so please keep in touch leading up to your appointment to keep us informed of any scheduling changes or issues that may arise.




How Long Will My Spray Tan Last?


A natural looking tan should last 4-7 days depending on the individual and their skin type. Applying extending moisturizers will extend the life of the tan. These are optional products available by request in advance of your session, and can be purchased during your session if available.




How Should I Prepare For My Session?


We recommend exfoliating 24-48 hrs prior to spray session. It is important NOT to use products such as moisturizers, shaving gels, creams, waxes, or bar soap within 24 hrs to the tanning sessions. - Day of Session, Do NOT apply lotions, moisturizers or perfumes prior to your tanning session. - Use deodorant sparingly. - Carefully remove makeup prior to your session. - Wear dark, loose fitting clothing and remove jewelry. - Tight clothing can rub off or smear bronzers especially around the knees, elbows, and waist.​





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.