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Chicago Mac: Man Overboard

On behalf of Lake Ontario Offshore Racing committee and racing participants, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Jon Santarelli, a crew member on Imedi, a Transpac 52, where a crew overboard situation occurred during the first day of the 2018 Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac. The search was suspended late Saturday evening and will resume this morning. CYC – Race to Mackinac


Sponsored By The results are in. The Team Challenge winners for the Lake Ontario 300 are: In the Main Duck course, sponsored by Sperry First Place - Bronte Harbour Yacht Club with a team composed of: ‘Ruffian’ - Peter Wells ‘It's a Conspiracy’- Adrian Hanley ‘Suspect’- Bryan Sims Second Place - ABYC Team Too composed of: ‘Kaminak’ - Jarrod Armstrong ‘True North’ - Simon Mielniczuk & Jory Gibson ‘4Tuna’ - Gualtiero Guadagni In the Scotch Bonnet course, sponsored by Pat Sturgeon Yachts First Place - ABYB Team AB composed of: ‘Radzeer’ - Kenneth Evans ‘Relentless’ - Floyd Dempster Second Place -BPYC Sangaela -Geoffrey Fairbanks Allegro - Marty Cameron All winners will be acknowledged at the Fla

Day 4 of the #LO600

The Lake Ontario 300 is finished and completed as of late last night. Most boats finished head into the wind from Niagara with the nice wind that came up yesterday afternoon. Later into the evening the winds were variable and at the end of the day, there were four boats that rounded to compete in the Lake Ontario 600 Challenge. What a difference is was overnight with high winds averaging up to 30 knots with matching sea's. After 3 days of light winds, this is a huge change for our Solo sailors. Around 1:30 am Revival pulled out of the race and early this morning Pearl abandoned the race. Both racers had excellent cause, but no injury or damage. Revival had damage - broken forestay - but he i

Day 3 of the Lake Ontario 300

It has been a long time since day three of an LO300 has seen the bulk of the Main Duck fleet still out on the lake! The fleet is spread out with boats still 26 to 90 nm from the finish. Yesterday was filled with light winds with a large thunderstorm near the end of the day. Light wind sailing on Lake Ontario is tough because there are many currents in the water plus the wind shifts are difficult to predict. There were a few division leads change hands yesterday. The late afternoon squalls shook up the weather system so there is now some consistency and it looks as though there will be enough wind to finish most boats today. Main Duck Course Except for two boats (Red Leaf and Star Chaser), t

Monday Morning on the Lake Ontario 300

Sunday night seemed to be deciding time - whether to abandon the race or keep on plugging through the night with frustrating soft winds. These conditions are very unusual for the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. There has been long stretch without a decent wind. Most boats will finish today. Fingers crossed that some new pressure systems will come through soon and we will soon see our line honours skippers popping their nice bottles of Presceco. Main Duck Course The boats have all woken up to this morning's sunrise looking at the same boats they were looking at when sun set. Not a good view especially since the light winds may have boats facing the wrong direction. The morning sun has brought so

The Morning After | #LO300/600 Update

Main Duck Course It is almost 24 hours into the race and both fleets are moving after a soft night. The Main Duck course saw everyone hug the rhumb line heading towards Oswego. Coming into the early morning, most of the fleet has drifted south of the rhumb line due to the wind pressure, current, and light winds. After 22 hours, Afterburn is the only boat to have rounded Ford Shoal and is flying up to Main Duck Island at 6 kts, which is far better than the average boat speed last night. Suspect and Esprit de Corps IV are just coming to the Ford Shoal Mark. The remaining 40+ft boats are averaging 4kts in lighter winds on the south shoreline. The majority of the fleet are still tightly banded t

Sperry Gold Cup Trophy

After an absence from being awarded annually, the Sperry Gold Cup will be presented to the overall winner of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge IRC Division. The Sperry Gold Cup was deeded in a certain way that prevented it from being handed out if there were less than 12 boats in the fleet. With new management at Sperry Canada and a revived sponsorship arrangement, the Sperry Gold Cup will be the Overall IRC Championship trophy going forward. The championship boat will receive a customized championship flag similar to the one being presented to the Sperry Cup Champions (PHRF). The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing committee value the competitive nature of IRC yachts and are hoping to see registratio

Win A Pair Of Sperry's!

Very Worn, Tattered and Torn Sperry Shoe Contest Use your old Sperry’s to win a pair of new Sperry’s Everyone has an old pair of Sperry’s that have been worn through many storms and put away wet more than once. Have been used long after their life on the boat. A great testament to the comfort Sperry’s are known for. This year at the Skippers Meeting for the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge we will have a competition to determine the most tattered, torn and worn Sperry Topsiders. Just wear your Sperry’s to the Skippers Meeting on Friday July 13th and come up to the front when the contest is announced. The winning pair of shoes and the runner up will receive a certificate entitling the owner to a ne


Sponsored By: The 2018 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge will be contributing more to Junior Learn to Sail programs in the GTA thanks to the generosity of Sperry Canada. Sperry, a longtime supporter of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, will once again be supplying Lake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR) with product, competitor shirts and have donated $1,200.00 to junior learn to sail, which will be used as prize money for the Team Challenge- Main Duck Island. Pat Sturgeon Yachts remains the sponsor for the Team Challenge – Scotch Bonnet Island Course. Since the inception of the Lake Ontario 300, portions of the race proceeds have been donated to Junior Learn to Sail as part of the Deed of Gift. The Team

Skippers Plan Insurance To Provide Staple Post Race Chili

Skippers Plan Insurance has returned as a sponsor of the lake Ontario 300 Challenge and will be providing the post race chili for all participants. Skippers Plan Insurance are excellent supporters of racing on Lake Ontario and offshore racing. The Skippers' Plan Insurance Post Race Chili is provided by Skippers' Plan Insurance and is by far one of the most popular parts of the race next to finishing. From all of us at Lake Ontario Offshore Racing, and on behalf of all racers, THANK YOU Skippers' Plan Insurance for providing this wonderful meal! 👏🏻 #LOOR #SkippersPlan

Esprit De Corps IV Returning to 2018 LO300 Challenge to Defend 2017 PHRF Line-Honours

Lake Ontario Offshore Racing on behalf of the Port Credit Yacht Club, are excited to announce the return of Esprit De Corps IV to the 2018 LO300 Challenge. The Esprit De Corps IV, a Volvo Ocean Racer 60, took Line Honours in the 2017 LO300 Main Duck Course and Gilles Barbot, founder and CEO of Groupe Esprit de Corps Inc, shares that they are back to defend the title. “As an ocean racing machine, the VO60 is built heavier than she would be for regatta racing. Our strategy coming into the 2018 challenge”, says Gilles “is to ensure our crew are ready to complete efficient sail changes with the many wind shifts that are common on Lake Ontario during a race like this.” For the 2018 running of the

MOUNT GAY RUM | Official Rum Sponsor for Lake Ontario 300 Challenge

Lake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR), on behalf of Port Credit Yacht Club, is pleased to announce that Mount Gay Rum has returned as a sponsor for the 2018 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. Mount Gay will be providing product and prizes during the LO300 Challenge and at the Post Race Party on Friday, July 20th, 2018. Mount Gay will be returning to their original long-standing tradition of supplying the 2018 Mount Gay cap to the Division Winning Skippers along with the much sought-after Division Flags. Welcome back Mount Gay Rum. LOOR and PCYC are dedicated to bringing the offshore sailboat racing experience to Lake Ontario. This is accomplished with its running of the Lake Ontario 300/600 Challenge

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