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Amazing Start to the Season !


The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing series has started and WOW what a first race!!
Susan Hood herself was there to send off the 95 boat fleet who after a BBQ, participants meeting and weather briefing by Ron Bianci took to the starting line with vigor. The 3 division IRC fleet was highly competitive. Congratulations to Spitfire, Jonathan Bamberger from NYC for finishing 1st overall in IRC. The 5 division PHRF fleet was also highly contested. In the end it was Terry McLaughlin & Rod Wilmer on Mandate from RCYC that won PHRF overall and the Susan Hood Trophy. Congratulations to all of the division winners.
Not to be outdone Mother Nature greeted the LOSHRS fleet for the 1st race of the series. With winds gusting to over 30 knots the fleet was put to the test with many round ups and knock downs. Congratulations to Vladimir Melnikov from CBYC on Ariadna who won 1st place overall and all off the division winners.
Last minute details are well underway as we prepare for the LO300. Please make sure you have reviewed the Safety Regulations on Yacht Scoring - LO300.  If you have questions we are happy to help and can be reached at

Sperry Top-Sider had donated a pair of their premier Sperry Gold Line shoe as an early bird draw so some lucky participant can break them in for the race. A name was selected from the yachts who had registered before the start of the Susan Hood Trophy Race.
Congratulations to Peter Sandford, from Oakville Yacht Squadron for winning this year's Sperry Top-Sider Early Bird Draw.
Peter is racing this year's Lake Ontario 300 on the Scotch Bonnet course in his C310.

We are looking for sponsors. If you or your company can help we would like to speak with you. Please contact me at

Have fun and be safe on the water.
Darren Gornall
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing 
Susan Hood Trophy Race 


The 2013 Susan Hood Trophy Race will be remembered as the largest race since the early 1970's with 95 boats at the start including 3 IRC divisions and a J105 Fleet. As a major line squall came through during the skippers meeting there were flashbacks of last year's race that was postponed due to high winds. But after Ron Bianci's excellent weather briefing and the help of WRI WX weather system's updates the race started in unsettled winds which were up and down and straight out of the west with light showers, making Burlington a true Susan Hood beat. Depending on what division you speak to there was wind at the Burlington Weather Tower and there was the usual doldrums. For the most part winds picked up and held steady for the run to Niagara, which were west, south west making for an excellent overnight spinnaker run. But once again for the bulk of the fleet the winds went light at the Niagara mark once the sun started to come up in the early morning. The lead boats that made it back before 9am had good wind at the finish, for the next two starts it was a long series of light wind shifts for the last five miles that caused many painful light spinnaker jibs, peels to jibs, back to spinnaker and as time went on the later starts converged into the growing group of yachts trying to finish in light winds. It was a challenging finish that definitely had an impact on finishing orders with so many boats in proximity to each other after 75 miles of racing.
A special thanks to Susan Hood for showing up to our skippers meeting and our Saturday Flag presentations. It's always a great honor to have our namesake at our event, she is a wonderful lady.
Congratulations go to Gaucho a Farr44 by Maggie MacDonald for taking Line Honours with an elapsed time of 0:11:09:19 in a bit of a battle with Spitfire the J145 skippered by Jonathan Bamberger who came in 24 seconds later and corrected over to take first place IRC division one and First Overall in IRC.
This year was an amazing race for the Susan Hood Trophy and it is worth mentioning that the top boats in the running all held an amazing time difference on the rest of their division. They went hard and did not let up
from start to finish. In some cases 49 minutes ahead of the next boat in their division holding the similar PHRF ratings.
Terry McLaughlin and Rod Wilmer on the J105 Mandate were one of those yachts won their division with a finishing time of 0:12:35:29 over 30 minutes ahead of the next J105 making them this year's Susan Hood Trophy Race Cup Winners. Excellent race gentlemen, well done!
Please check out all the results on Yachtscoring.
A special thanks for Sperry Top-Sider for our skippers shirts and our post race BBQ.
Thank you, to North Sails for their participation in providing top notched flags that are the Coolest Flags on the lake. 
Thank you, to Mount Gay Rum for their prize donations to the overall winners in IRC and PRHF and of course, great drinks.
For those of you who did take pictures, we want to get them posted. So please send them in or post them on our Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing everyone at this year's Lake Ontario 300 July 13th for another exciting distance race.
LOSHRS fans, now that's what I call sailin'!!!

Bring on Youngstown!


What a day we had last Sunday. Mother natures' full arsenal was at her disposal and she used most of it in the space of two hours. Mercifully there was no lightning but I was sure a plague of frogs or locusts was coming next. Exciting stuff all together; this is what keeps us young at heart.

Ok, so enough about the opening salvo, those who did well will be looking to capitalize on their division leads with a good showing at the Youngstown event, those of us licking our wounds will be looking for retribution. To see the results click here

Here is the agenda for the upcoming weekend, June 15&16th.

1. Competitors' meeting at PCYC, 1930hrs, June 14th. Yes, there will be more rum draws. Yes, I promise to actually have bottles this time!!

2. If you are planning to stay overnight at PCYC on Friday night before the race, please make sure you contact the PCYC harbor master's office.
3.If you want to pre-register with the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), please fully complete the attached form for both you and your crew and return to Joe Doris at (not the CBP) by June 11th1800hrsI will forward to the CBP. This will make your trip over to YYC painless. Otherwise make your own arrangements. Make sure to bring appropriate ID. There will be a CBP officer at YYC to process your entry from approx. 1500hrs to 1900hrs. In the event that you arrive after the CBP officer has gone, you may clear customs using the video phone. Boats that are over 30ft in length require a decal to enter the USA. Here is a link to apply. Read the website information as there is an extra charge if you need to rush your decal order.
4.Note: the LOSHRS committee is in no way responsible for your entry into the United States. Please ensure that you are compliant.  
5.If you and your crew wish to have dinner at YYC please indicate in your return email to me your entrée of choice (chicken, steak or salmon) and also if you want breakfast on Sunday morning. I have attached the menu below. Those who have not signed up for dinner will not be guaranteed a meal when they arrive. There are other local eateries to choose from. Dinner will be served at 2100hrs. Breakfast will be served at 0700hrs. Email this information back to no later than 1800hrs June 11th.
6.Remember to check in with Canada Customs upon your return to Canada.
7.Last but not least there will be a "welcome to YYC" dock party when the majority of the fleet has arrived. Beer will be compliments of Ron Ciamaga (Flyer) and Ken Tramposch (Sorpresa). If you can, please bring a hors d'ouevre to add to the occasion.
8.Joe Doris will unfortunately not be at YYC so your main on-site points of contact for will be Ian McAllister (Mr Ed) and Martin McKensie (Worthy Pearl) for questions concerning the dinner etc.


Offshore Safety Course
The ISAF Approved Offshore Personal Safety Course is coming to PCYC June 15th and 16th, 2013.

This 2-day course is for cruisers and racers who contemplate passage making in open water. The course consists of both classroom theory and practical hands-on sessions including flare and in-water training with a life raft and inflatable life-vests.

Participants will receive an ISAF approved certificate of training that is recognized internationally and required for ARC rallies and ISAF endorsed offshore racing.

A detailed syllabus and course information can be found on-line at The course will start at 8:30 AM each morning and will run until approximately 5 PM.

Registration is through Dave Sutman at the PCYC Communications Centre: by phone 905-278-7911 x 221. Spaces are limited to 20.

The cost of the course is $ 399 + HST.
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Still looking for crew? 


Crew night at PCYC was a huge success with over 20 potential crew that came to PCYC and several more who submitted resumes.  Several skippers and crew were teamed up that night, but if you are a skipper still looking for crew for the LO300 Challenge please send us a note and we will send you all the resumes and you can contact the people who meet your criteria.  

 If you have any questions, please contact Monica Doedens



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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