by Scot Mundle
Seeing the continent-wide increase in the popularity of distance racing, and the lack of local distance courses, the Collins Bay Yacht Club has initiated the Long Point Challenge. This 107 mile course will be contested on the last weekend of June, placing it as an ideal warm-up for the Lake Ontario 300 for Eastern Lake Ontario sailors.
Long Point Course
The course will see everything from protected flat water to wide open, potentially strong conditions, combined with geographic features and shipping lanes. It will be a true test where the outcome will be defined by the skill of the sailors in forming the best strategic course for their particular vessel.
The race will begin and end in Collins Bay, five miles west of Kingston Harbour. The course will see crews leaving False Ducks Island to the west, then continuing to the Lake Ontario Weather Buoy (ODAS 45012) and return. This course provides several strategic options, including leaving Amherst Island to port or starboard, staying in relatively protected Prince Edward Bay or offshore on the way to Long Point (Prince Edward Point), and then again staying inshore or offshore towards the turning mark. For the sake of safety, race management has elected to keep boats east of False Duck Island, as there are boat-breaking shoals that must be navigated between it and Long Point.
The race is open to all boats that are suitable for an offshore race. We welcome double-handed and fully crewed boats, monohull or multihull. Race management is recommending the ISAF OSR Category 3 safety requirements, with boat inspections only at the discretion of the Race Committee. Call-ins will not be required.