Lake Ontario 
Offshore Racing Group

June  2012
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LOSHRS Youngstown
Lake Ontario 300 Challenge
Skippers Plan Team Challenge

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Congratulations to everyone who raced the Susan Hood Trophy Race and the Youngstown LOSHRS race.  We are now looking forward to the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge!

With less than one month to the Greatest Yacht Race on the Lake, it's very exciting to announce a new Title Sponsor. ACKROO Inc. has signed on as the 2012 Title Sponsor of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. Ackroo enables small to medium sized businesses, independent merchants and business networks to increase profitability and build long-term customer relationships through customized loyalty and rewards programs. We are excited by this partnership and the value Ackroo brings to our participants and the merchants that support us.

We are also very pleased to announce that the Conservatory Group - Waterways Condominiums has partnered with us as a Presenting Sponsor. The Conservatory Group is one of Canada's largest builders of fine luxury condominium communities.  They have an enviable record of achievement by creating legendary landmarks that have transformed the cityscape of the Greater Toronto Area.

If you have not already registered for the race, do so soon as you won't want to miss this year best racing event! Check out the level of competition for this year's race on the Yacht Scoring roster; the next three weeks promise to be very exciting!  

Darren Gornall
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group

LOSHRS Youngstown was a great success! 


This year, we had 90 boats head across the water to Youngstown in what started out to be light and variable winds. The first 8 miles was a challenge for many, but the winds eventually settled in and a steady breeze out of the south-east held the entire way across the lake making for a great sail. There were no spinnakers unfortunately and the boats that went west at the start were lifted towards the mark with the building winds on the south shore. A few boats never tacked the entire race. 

The first boat to finish was Zoom, a Farr 395 raced by Keith Bechard with an elapsed time of 5:22:46. 

The first overall on corrected time DH-FS was Jersey Girl, an Olsen911s raced by Mark and Claudette Searl.

First overall on corrected time for DH-WS was Napadelis, a Laser 28 raced by Al Hansen.
First SH-FS on corrected time was Striker, a Beneteau 10R raced by Jen Steyn
First SH-WS on corrected time was Mythos, a CS36 Merlin raced by Ted Spanos.


The reception after the race was excellent, with thanks extended to the Steyn's for once again, being gracious hosts at Youngstown Yacht Club.


The race back on Sunday turned out to be the typical race we have come to expect. Everyone was teased with blowing winds from the west, southwest, which were up to 18 knots on a close reach home. The winds finally opened up and spinnakers appeared on the course; once the winds changed closer to shore, most boats found themselves sailing into the fascinating hole and had to keep working to make the boat move. It was a challenging sail home that required some manouvers to find some breeze at the end of the race as opposed to the previous day where everyone was looking for wind at the start of the day. It's what makes it interesting, particularly single or double handed. There were a few dropouts on the way home, but overall the majority of the fleet had a great weekend and two great races. The fastest time in the 3rd race from Youngstown to PCYC was an amazing 3:32:50 by Shock Therapy (without weeds), a Shock 40 sailed by Gary Benner and Alex Libby, they are probably still grinning.


First overall DH-FS on corrected time was Ragtime, a C&C35 Mk3 skippered by Mike VanderVaart 4:58:19

First overall DH-WS yacht was Railin, a Catalina 30 skippered by Mike Sweet with an elapsed time of 5:31:39.

First overall SH-FS was LES, a C&C35 raced by John Hagen

First overall SH-WS was Emerald, a Hughes Columbia 8.7 raced by Carolyn Archibald.


The next LOSHRS race is the 100 mile race, which will start August 19th. Please check the website for all the details and results at


Lake Ontario 300 Challenge

Less than 4 weeks to the Greatest Race on the Lakes and things are heating up.


The month leading up to the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge has never been as exciting! With the competition on the water heating up, the onshore activities are going to be improved as well to provide all race participants a world class experience to compliment our new sponsors.


Ackroo Inc. has signed on as Title Sponsor of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge and will enhance the race dramatically with some exciting benefits for every participant in this year's race. Ackroo provides loyalty and rewards programs for businesses and consumer groups like the sailing and boating community. In conjunction with their sponsorship, Ackroo will be powering an affinity-based program designed specifically for the boating industry.  Launching at the opening of the race festivities, all participants in the race will receive LO300 Cards entitling them to discounted merchandise at partner businesses and merchants participating in the program. This will include many marine industry and related merchants as well as many other local businesses.    Ackroo enables small to medium sized businesses, independent merchants and consumer groups to increase profitability and build long-term relationships through customized loyalty and rewards programs. Ackroo is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, visit:  
Please check to the recent press release in Sail-World announcing this sponsorship

At the same time, we have secured Conservatory Group as a Presenting Sponsor, they will be providing much needed funds to cover the cost of our transponder program and will be increasing some of the tools we need to provide the high end visibility this race requires. The Conservatory Group is proud to be one of Canada's largest builders of fine luxury condominium communities. The company's impressive portfolio of exciting residences spans right across the GTA, including the most sought after addresses in Thornhill, North York, midtown, downtown and Mississauga. More than just a high-rise builder, the company has also created numerous low-rise residential communities from townhomes to limited edition enclaves to custom estate homes throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, North York, Ajax and many other locations across the GTA.  


Their newest building has just been launched called Waterways. It is an exciting hi rise condominium project that  overlooks Humber Bay and will be an excellent place to enjoy yacht racing from many of it's exciting news. Stay tuned for more announcements on this sponsorship and this project.



Gill logo Once again GILL has renewed their partnership as our official retailer and will be creating some exciting apparel for this year's race that can be purchased on line or Friday at the pre-race activities.

This year's program will once again be run through Mason's Chandlery and will include new features for 2012. Morten Fogh is providing the ability to customize your clothing on site. Your order can be placed on Friday and picked up Saturday morning, or at the end of the race for Tuesday Nights post race celebrations.

The links to the retail program will be up and running in the next week and we will provide you with the necessary information. Fogh Marine, who now own Mason's Chandlery has great experience in providing regatta apparel and on-site presence and are an exciting team to have on board for this and future races.

Skippers Plan Team Challenge

The gauntlet has been laid for this year's Lake Ontario 300 Skippers Plan Team Challenge. Last year's winner " The Extreme Team" will be back to defend their team title as the best team on the lake.


The Extreme team is made up or Timorian, a C&C 115, IMXtreme- an IMX38 and Afterburn- a Dash 34, from Port Credit Yacht Club.


  Skippers Plan logo All participance from various club need to put together a team and make the effort to raise the necessary funds to support your local Junior Learn To Sail Programs.


Since the inception of this race we have provided Junior sailing on this lake with over $40,000.00 in donations to Junior Sailing. Since the inception of the Skippers Plan Team Challenge we have provided over $13,000.00 in funds to Junior sal programs at competing clubs.


Last year there were 21 teams on the Main Duck Course and 14 teams on the Scotch Bonnet Course.


Don't delay in getting your team together and posting it with us.

Supply the club, team name, boats participating in the team and any type of bio you wish to be added.

To do so, please send an email to titled Team Challenge!

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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