Lake Ontario 
Offshore Racing 

July  2013
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Only 10 Days until the Greatest Offshore Race on the Lakes !!!


After a fun Canada Day Weekend its time to get serious and make sure the boat and crew are ready for the start line. Online registration closes tonight at midnight. Otherwise you can contact
Don't forget to search for your most worn tattered & torn Mount Gay hat. More information to come in a upcoming newsletter.  You will love the prize for the winner!!  
Check out the information below about our exciting sponsors. Gord Honor is sponsoring the Line Honor challenge where the Line Honor winner from each course will win $500.  All boats are eligible.  Pat Sturgeon Yachts is sponsoring the Team Challenge.  Be sure to get your team entered ASAP. Derek Hatfield is sponsoring the Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenge Prize.  You could win the trip of a lifetime to race with Derek. Additional information is below.

Its never too late to become a sponsor. 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 
Line Honor Cash Prize


Gord Honor, Royal LePage Realty Plus brokerage. (www.gordhonor.comhas once again donated a cash prize incentive for the Line Honor winners on both the Main Duck and the Scotch Bonnet courses.


$500.00 will be paid to the owner of each yacht for their efforts in making it across the line first.
Don't get caught sleeping near the finish line if you think it is going to be tight.
Thank you Gord!!  More information can be found at 
LO300 Team Challenge


Thank you, to Pat Sturgeon from Pat Sturgeon Yachts for donating prize money for the LO300 Team Challenge event.
This money will be awarded to the Junior Sailing programs at the winning teams yacht club. As we know all yacht clubs can always use a cash injection into their Junior Sail Programs so get your team together and send it in. We would appreciate receiving your teams prior to July 10th, 2013.


Please email your team and team name to Brian Townsend


Details for this year's Team Challenge can be found here.
Derek Hatfield and the Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team are proud to support the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing series.

After many years of honing his sailing and racing skills in the singlehanded racing series out of the Port Credit Yacht Club, Derek went on to attain two podium finishes for Canada and compete in three singlehanded around the world races; Around Alone 2002, Vendee Globe 2008 and the Velux 5 Oceans 2010. With 200,000 nm of singlehanded racing under his belt, Derek knows what it takes to compete in shorthanded offshore sailing events.

Derek is following through with his belief that it is his responsibility to share his unique sailing experiences to fellow sailors and has expanded Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges to offer sailing opportunities that include offshore training sessions on a Volvo 60 grand prix yacht. The training sessions are not only a great way for Derek and the team to stay in shape but a great personal challenge for people just like you who want to experience an ocean passage in a safe, reliable and trusted offshore sailboat. This truly is a world-class adventure with a world class skipper aboard a fully commercially coded podium finishing boat.
This year any skipper that finishes is eligible for the draw that will happen at the LOSHRS 100 mile Race for one of the sessions.  
The sessions include a safety at sea seminar and an offshore passage from Canada to Bermuda, France, Spain, Caribbean and South Africa. "It is the crew working together to reach a particular destination that is the reward upon arrival", says Derek of the adventures. Never before has this type of offshore sailing been offered in Canada and there is a great response, not just from racers, but for all those that dream of going to sea and experiencing a grand prix sailboat normally utilized by professional teams in around the world races.
Offshore training opportunities include:
*       Bermuda - June & July 2013
*       Canaries - October 2013
*       Christmas Rally - Canaries to Antigua - December 2013
*       Caribbean 600 - February 2014
*       Heineken Regatta - March 2014
*       Voile de St. Barth's - March 2014
*       Antigua Sailing Week - April 2014
*       Antigua - Lunenburg May 2014
*       Bermuda - June 2014
*       Cape Town S.A. - October 2014
For the complete details of offshore events:
Phone 902.529.2626 
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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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