Lake Ontario 
Offshore Racing Group

July  2012
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Registration deadline is here
Registration deadline is here
Important Links
Yellowbrick Tracking System
The Weatherman for Racer
Skippers Plan Team Challenge

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Only one week away!


With one week to go to the start of the 2012 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, we are pleased to see some exciting yachts entered in this year's race on both the Scotch Bonnet and Main Duck Courses. It is going to provide some great excitement for all those people watching the race live via Yellowbrick tracking.


Now that the field is set the final adjustments are being made to the splits. The Skippers Plan Team Challenge teams are being put together and everyone is in final preparation mode. If you require assistance you can reach us at


For those yachts who are coming from a distance we wish you save travels and fair winds to Port Credit Yacht Club.


We would like to announce that every participant in this year's race will receive for free an Ackroo Rewards card, which will enable you to receive discounts from various retailers like UK Halsey Sails and Canadian Yachting Magazine. The value that LO300 participants will receive will continue to increase as additional retailers join this growing program. Thanks to Ackroo for this special offer.


Last minute reminders will be sent out to all registered skippers, which provided the details that need to be finalized prior to the race. If you have questions please contact us at


Darren Gornall
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group

Registration deadline is here!


Be sure you have signed up on before it is too late! Registrations will be completed shortly so for fence sitters, this is your last chance.



Lake Ontario 300 Title Sponsor


Ackroo is the 2012 title sponsor of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge.  As leaders in the loyalty and rewards space and specialists in building association based affinity programs the LO300 is very excited to partner with this great organization.   Ackroo will not only be sponsoring the event they will also be launching their next rewards program designed specifically for the yachting community at the LO300 Challenge. This is great news for the sailing and boating community and even greater news for the merchants that support us.  

Lake Ontario 300 Presenting Sponsor



The Conservatory Group is welcomed as a new presenting sponsor. The Conservatory Group is one of Canada's largest developers who have some exciting new developments in the work along the waterfront. This event is a perfect tie in for the Waterscapes Condominium and their Infinity project that is just beginning construction by the Air Canada Centre.

Check out the details in Sail-World Canada

Lake Ontario 300 


We enjoy a great relationship with all of our sponsors. We are proud of the feedback our committee gets about the support our participants provide to the sponsors of this race.

Please take a look at our sponsor page LO300 SPONSORS

Agenda of Events


Friday July 20th


10:00 AM       Skippers Check-in Flagship lounge 

  • Pick-up your Yellowbrick transponder
  • Submit required paperwork
  • Ackroo reward cards for all participants
  • Skipper's shirt
  • Crew T-shirts from Sperry Top-Sider
  • Mount Gay Hats
  • Participant lanyards from Edge Imaging


Activities during the day:

  • Steel Drum Band
  • Moosehead beer samplings
  • Mount Gay Black Rum launch
  • Sponsor tents      

6:00 PM           BBQ on the patio BBQ at $19 (all in) -  BBQ half chicken or Half back ribs, salads,  and dessert

                        Limited Chartroom menu available


7:00 PM           Skippers Meeting Starts

8:00 PM           Weather Briefing with Ron Bianchi

8:30 PM           Band IN2U will play on the lawn.


Saturday July 21st


6:00 AM          Sperry Top-Sider Complimentary Breakfast for all race participants


9:30 AM          Piper begins to announce raft break up.


10:55               First Gun !



During the Race

  • Yellowbrick race tracking
  • Host Boat - Sponsored by True North Yacht's - free beer and chili available for all participants once they arrive back from the race


Tuesday July 24th - TUESDAY NIGHT POST RACE PARTY - Don't Miss it!


The post race party was a huge success last year. Most of the North division flags were handed out as well as many other draw prizes!


2:30 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Complimentary Pig Roast for all participants courtesy of Ackroo
  • Prosecco Wine Sampling courtesy of Select Wines
  • Cracked Canoe Sampling courtesy of Moosehead Brewery
  • Outdoor Tiki Bar and Chartroom bar will be open


6:30 PM           Awards Presentation - North Division Flags

8:00PM            Party with Fiddlestyx.


Fiddlestix is one of the most entertaining bands around and are sure to close out our race weekend with a blast. Bring your companions and shore crew to celebrate!

Check them out!

Important Links for this year's race

Facebook - our Facebook page is an ideal place to post your comments about the race, before, during or after. We encourage everyone to post during the race and add whatever pictures you can. Like us here!


Twitter - live on-the-water updates from many boats at Twitter/LO300


Flicker - Our Flicker page is the official page for posting your pictures of this race and is relatively easy to set up if you have not done so..Our flicker page is: LO300 Flicker

Yellowbrick Tracking System

Yellowbrick transponder Once again we are utilizing Yellowbrick for the best means of watching any offshore event. Yellowbrick's race viewer has some excellent features that make this system more entertaining and we encourage everyone to log on to an event prior to our race to get used to the various tools available.

The race viewer package offered by Yellowbrick includes:

  • Multiple groups, or classes of yacht
  • Display of waypoints, markers and rhum line
  • Historic tracks, as well as the current locations of yachts, replay
  • Display of speed and course for each yacht
  • Display of country flag, skipper name and yacht name
  • Link to individual yacht blog, if provided
  • Weather (GRIB) information via PredictWind, look at future wind data

The tracker will be posted a few days before the race on the official LO300 website!

The Weatherman for Racers returns!

Once again Ron Bianchi will return to give us his famous predictions of what we can expect for this year's race. Long term forecast does show some weather coming through, which always makes this race exciting and Ron will assist us in understanding the patterns. If this is your first LO300, this is a must event to attend.

Weather Briefing Ron Bianci  

Skippers Plan Team Challenge

If you have not already put your team together our team expert Ian McAllister will be contacting you.

We have some pretty good teams already who will be competing for the bragging rights and the donation to their Junior Sail programs courtesy of Skippers Plan Insurance.

Check out the teams now from our webpage

To enter your team, please send an email to and title it 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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