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September  2013
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100 Miler
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The 2013 season is not over yet........ 

more fun is still coming!!!


Although Labour day has arrived there are still things to come on the LOOR schedule that you do not want to miss. 


The final two races of the LOSHRS series are September 14 & 15 racing from PCYC to DYC and DYC to PCYC. See below for more information.  There is always an amazing dock party. 


Also not to be forgotten is the LOOR Banquet on September 21, 2013 at Port Credit Yacht club. See details below as well as a list of award winners. 


I am very pleased to announce that the winner of the Spirit of Canada Adventure is Michael Bauer (Midnight Express) will be joining Derek on Spirit of Canada for a sailing adventure never to be forgotten!


We look forward to seeing you all out enjoying the last of the sailing season. 


Darren Gornall
Chair, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing 
So What happened on the Infamous 100 Miler?

August 17 & 18


After the gun on Saturday (10-10:30am), the LOSHR fleet saw mainly light winds (2-8kts TWS) blowing from the SE with occasional oscillations (SE - S, SE - E), from PCYC past Gibraltar to the Burlington Weather station.  On the way to Niagara, the real fun started and big shifts dropped in which opened up a lot of passing lanes.  Some of us got lured inshore with the promise of a generous lift...  but found lighter wind, or got stuck coming back out on a bad angle.
Depending on what time you approached the Niagara mark, some had good wind, others went thru insane shifts every couple of minutes, and others hit a couple of small holes nearby.  After rounding Niagara, it was a true 'dead' downwind to PCYC, which offered 3 choices - go left to Bronte, go right to Scarborough or go real slow down the middle.
The GAME WINNER for the top finishing boats was heading for Scarborough and being on the right side of the course.  A big shift came thru in the middle of the lake, between 2-3am Sunday morning with a fresh NE breeze.  This reached the boats on the right side of the rhumb line first.  If that was you, you got a beautiful, high VMG course with good speed straight to PCYC for the next 10 - 12 nm.  For others who were down the middle of the rhumb line or to the left of the course, there was an unfriendly hole in the middle, with a lot of bobbing and drifting for 2+ hours.  The new breeze from the NE took a little longer to get over to this group.
Finally, the homestretch into Port Credit... always a joy!   If you made it in before ~7:45am, you had breeze all the way to the finish line.  After that, the local thermal turned on, shutting down the NE breeze, creating a parade of boats drifting in between 9am and 1pm, some with jibs, some with half-filled kites.  Time seems to take on a whole new meaning with the early morning Port Credit thermal. To continue reading

The Amazing Race to Dalhousie is just around the corner!

The final weekend in the LOSHR series are Race #5 (PCYC to DYC) and Race #6 (DYC to PCYC).  This is a favourite event for many as the series championship is typically decided here.  If you just want to race this weekend as a stand-alone event, no problem.  We have trophies and mugs for this event only as well.  And if you are just looking for a good excuse to do one final lake crossing before putting the boat on the cradle, look no further. 

If you have not registered yet, a quick reminder that Registration closes on Wed Sep 11 @ 6pm.

Click here to go to the Registration website


Skippers Meeting - Fri Sept 13 @ 7:30pm

Join us for any final updates to the SI's, a rum draw and a tasty meal at PCYC. If you are a newly registered skipper, come by to pick up your LOSHR 



If you have any questions about the currently posted NOR or SI's, please send these by email to LOSHR Race Director, Graham Dougall, (    and he will address all questions at the Skippers Meeting.


LOSHR Dinner - Sat Sept 14 (6 - 9pm)

This year, DYC will be serving a sit-down dinner with a 10oz AAA steak, baked potato, corn on the cob, a caesar salad to start, and strawberry cheesecake for desert.  Alternatively, you can opt for Salmon instead of steak.

Dinner is $25 per person, and includes taxes and 



We will be sending you an EVITE by email (to registered LOSHR participants only) so you can let us know your selection.   Please select "YES" if you would like steak, or select "MAYBE" if you'd prefer salmon.  If you are not planning to eat dinner with the LOSHR group, just select "NO".

Registration for Dinner will close on Wed Sept 11 @ 6pm - we need to let the caterer know numbers in advance.


The Top 3 finishers in each division on Saturday will be announced during dinner.


LOSHR Breakfast - Sun Sept 15 (7 - 9am)

DYC will serve a sit-down, hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, home fries, toast, juice and coffee for $8 per person (taxes and gratuity incl).

Its important to register for breakfast if you plan to eat at DYC on Sunday morning.  The caterer needs a minimum of 70 registrants to serve a hot breakfast.

Registration for breakfast will close on Wed Sept 11 @ 6pm - we need to let the caterer know numbers in advance.

If you would prefer a lighter option, the caterer will also serve a Continental Breakfast for $5 per person (taxes and gratuity included), with croissants, bagels, Toast & Jam, fresh fruit,juice and coffee. 

All registered participants will receive an EVITE by email for the DYC Breakfast with 3 options:  

  • If you would like to have a Hot Breakfast, select "YES".  
  • If you would prefer a Continental, light breakfast, select "MAYBE".   
  • If you are not planning to have breakfast at DYC, select "NO".  

What makes the DYC weekend 'A-maz-ing'?

Great racing with unexpected conditions -- Every year, the veterans in the fleet get reminded how much the wind and the currents change during this particular lake crossing. 

Take nothing for granted.  Whatever conditions you start with are not likely to be what you finish with.

This is a 24nm, point to point race that typically has a 'transition zone' (a significant, sometimes indecisive change to a new wind) in the middle of Lake Ontario, with some shore based thermal shifts swinging the wind in amusing directions in the final approach to Port Dalhousie and a subtle but significant current -- yes, there is a stronger current than most people are aware -- that may play a vital role in what side of the course you favour in your race strategy.  In the past 2 years, the rhumb line has not been the fastest route to the other side.

DYC Dock Party -- the BIG draw is what is waiting for you after a strenuous day of racing... hint... free beer... thanks to long-time LOSHR participant Andrew McAllister of RE/MAX Realty Specialists ( ), who has been sponsoring the DYC Dock Party since 2006.  Did I mention the LOSHR group are a friendly crowd?   Come on by the post-race festivities and introduce yourself to Andrew - he knows everybody.  The fleet is full of people with some tall tales accumulated on the high seas.

Another reason to come by the DYC Dock Party is to let me know your thoughts for how we can make the LOSHR series even better in 2014.  New ideas and free beer -- always a great combination.

Looking forward to seeing everyone shortly.

Fair winds and enjoyable racing. 



Fred Harding


The Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Banquet is set to go on Saturday September 21st at Port Credit Yacht Club     
Come celebrate this year's Susan Hood Trophy Race and Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Trophy Winners.
A great evening is planned with new trophies and awards to be given out in both races.
Details are: 
Saturday September 21st,
5:00         Reception

6:15         Dinner

7:00         Awards Ceremony

9:30 Post Awards Celebration
The dinner will be one of Port Credit's famous steak tenderloins with all the fixings.
 $40/per person inclusive
All Sailors are invited to sail in and stay for the evening to maximize your celebration.


For reservations please call
Port Credit Yacht Communications Office - 905-278-5578
You will be asked for your credit card, the yacht your are with and the number in your party. Seating capacity for 160 sailors, so don't delay in calling. 
To see a list of all the winners pls click here 
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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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