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May  2012
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21 days to the start of offshore racing
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Racing season is here!



Now that the boats are in the water and the masts are pointing in the right direction our ability to focus on this year's premier yacht races elevates to another level creating the spring excitement we all cherish. 


There are many new features to our races this year, which will be announced over the next few weeks. In the meantime, our popular Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Guide has been published and is currently being distributed to clubs throughout the lake as well as Chandlery's and Sail Lofts. This book is well prepared and full of useful information for the serious racer and the cruiser racer. Now that the first races are upon us, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you have.


Good luck with prepping your boats, we look forward to seeing you on the water. 


Darren Gornall
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group

21 days to the start of offshore racing 


June 1st is the Coolest Race on the Lake - Susan Hood Trophy Race  

If you haven't signed up for this year's Susan Hood Trophy Race, do it now. It's heating up to be another great race and with this year's weather it could be a summer breeze or a winter freeze, which is also exciting.


So far we have over 50 yachts registered from over 17 yacht clubs, which is well ahead of last year at this time.


There are some exciting divisions shaping up, which will only get better as we get closer to the start. With over 14 boats registered in IRC 1&2 we are anticipating a tight race especially with IRC 2 with our defending Champ. The non-flying sails - Division 1 is currently the largest division, which will also be a tight race and includes a couple boats coming down from Newcastle Yacht Club. To check out the current scratch sheets follow this link.


Sperry Skipper Shirts will be handed out at PCYC prior to the race and for skippers who cannot make it we will have them available at the post race party. There are limited numbers, so sign up early.


Please check our registration website for the necessary on-line Crew List and the safety review card. Yacht without a completed crew list are not qualified to compete; please use the on-line Crew List on Yacht Scoring to the paper version for last minute changes.


The Susan Hood Trophy Race has a Facebook page and we are encouraging everyone to join up and post your action shots from throughout the race or create some pre-race chatter.


Agenda for Susan Hood Trophy Race


PCYC barbeque will be fired up and ready to go Friday at 4:30 with a great menu including our famous burgers, Salmon Fillet or Chicken on a Bun, salads, potatoes and dessert for $16.00 including Tax and Gratuity

Informal Skipper Information Meeting 6:00

First Gun 7:55 PM



All Day breakfast will be made available to racers coming in throughout the day still looking for a couple nice eggs over easy! Breakfast Special includes 2 eggs any style, home fries, toast, choice of breakfast meats and coffee for $10.00 including Tax and Gratuity.


Sperry Post Race Reception is geared up to start at 2:30 Saturday afternoon with a great Yacht Dog (Brautwurst on a Bun) and creamy Potato Salad, It was the talk of the race last year for those who made it out. The North Sails Flag Presentation for division winners will start around 3:00 PM and all are welcome!





The Lake Ontario Short-Handed Racing Series 1st race is only 3 weeks away! And what a super weekend it's going to be...


The LOSHRS race on Sunday, June 3rd follows the "Coolest" and Best Overnight race of the season, the Susan Hood Trophy Race which starts June 1st Friday night 8pm at the Port Credit Yacht Club.  Circumnavigate the west end of the lake, enjoy a fantastic breakfast upon finishing and p/u your Susan Hood prize flag and enjoy PCYC's wonderful hospitality.

Stay overnight and take part in the first short-handed race on route back to Toronto , Scarborough, Whitby , Newcastle and beyond....


The June 3rd LOSHRS Course Race skipper & crew meeting commences 9:30am after a superb breakfast for only $10.00 all in, the first start is 11:35am just off the entrance of PCYC Harbour, the first mark is Clarkson (approx 4 NM) left to port and the finish will be the Gibraltar Point Buoy just south of Toronto Island.


There is still plenty of time to register on-line at: All race documents are on-line and a hard copy of the SI's will be distributed Sunday at the skippers' meeting.


Please note, at the June 3rd Sunday morning skipper meeting all in attendance will receive the "official 2012 LOSHRS yellow t-shirt" and be eligible for at least 5 Mount Gay Rum bottle draws.... And everyone new to the series will receive a LOSHRS Backstay Pennant sponsored by UK Halsey Sailmakers, Brian Chapman & Tristan Story.


Need more info:

Call or email Jonathan or Ian anytime H 905 823-1071


See you on both start lines June 1st & June 3rd.

Early registration draw for the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge


Get registered by June 1st and qualify for a draw for a great sailing tool.


All yachts registered for this year's Lake Ontario 300 Challenge by June 1st will qualify to win an exciting Sailing GPS system manufactured by Sailtimer Inc. 

Valued at $400.00, this product has proven to be an excellent tool navigating offshore races.


Register here!


The winning boat name will be drawn at the Sperry Top-Sider Post Race Reception for the Susan Hood Trophy Race .
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PCYC Visiting Yacht Registration

An important message to all Susan Hood Trophy Race and LOSHRS skippers who are planning on keeping their boats at PCYC for the weekend or overnight:


PLEASE fill in the "Visiting Yacht Registration Form" located on the LOSHRS website at, this year all participating boats will be rafted on the main visitor's dock in front of the club.  

Skipper/Crew Evening a great success!


On May 2nd, we held the first Skipper/Crew reception. It was a huge success and saw quite a few boats get hooked up with new crew for the upcoming offshore races. A special thanks to True North Yachts for sponsoring this evening and for their ongoing support of this event.


Please feel free to check out our crew banks located on the Yachtscoring pages for the respective events 

About Us
The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group is responsible for the planning of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series under the organizing authority of the Port Credit Yacht Club.
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