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WRI To Provide Weather Forecasts for LO300/600

For 2018, Weather Routing Inc. (WRI) will be providing weather forecasts for the LO300 and LO600 Challenges. Daily forecasts will be provided between July 13-20th for racers. To see the complete details of services being provided, see here. For full press release, see here.

YB Tracking – with Your Boat’s Photo

YB tracking devices will once again be mounted on each boat participating in the LO300 and LO600 Challenge in 2018. As returning racers know, the YB tracker technology provides both racers out on the course and their support crew on shore, with timely data for each boat related to the location, speed, position and much more. For 2018, all participating boats have the option of submitting one photo of their boat with or without crew to be posted on the YB site. To take advantage of this feature, send your best photo to (Pictured: The crew of Blast.)

A Windy Start to LOSHRS

The first Lake Ontario Short Handed race of the year was a classic 14-mile course race. The first leg was from PCYC to the Eastern Gap of Toronto Harbour and was straight into the wind with a good sea and winds gusting up to 17 knots. The return leg to the Etobicoke mark was a very quick downwind finishing leg. Racers were spread out all over the lake from those trying to go out into the lake for high steady breeze and those hugging the shoreline for the eastward lift and every combination in between. The return leg did not see as many spinnakers and would be normal on this race since most boats were well above hull speed without. No rain, was a bonus to this excellent start to the season.

2018 Susan Hood Trophy Race Recap

What an amazing start to the offshore racing season on Lake Ontario. This year’s Susan Hood Trophy Race left everyone on the course exhausted from a continuous wind throughout the night and into the morning. With the first boat finishing at 05:18 (Spitfire- Jonathan Bamberger) and the last boat finishing at 12:59, this year’s race will go down as one of the fastest overall SHTR in history. This year’s race only saw 2 boats withdraw from the race, which is close to being a record as well. From the start there was a mix of spinnakers and close reach sails going across the lake to the Niagara R2 mark with some of the lead boats topping over 14 knots boat speed. At Niagara there was a quick dous

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