Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Update
by Brian Townsend on 17 Mar 2011
The Lake Ontario 300 attracts sailors from many ports around the Great Lakes. SAIL-WORLD.com/Jeff Chalmers (Port Credit, Ont) Jeff Chalmers
Sail-World Canada and Canadian Yachting are proud to be the Official Media Sponsors of the 2011 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. This year, you will be able to follow the before, during and after events of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge at Sail-World.com/Canada and www.canadianyachting.ca as they happen. All participants will have instant access to upload photos and stories while racing and share them with friends, family and more than 25,000 subscribers across Canada.
Registration for this year’s race is going strong with 74 yachts registered to date. The registration by division shows an excellent spread of yachts in all divisions, with a very healthy mix of repeating yachts and first time competitors.
Of note are the past three Sperry Cup winners who are returning to compete or defend the cup title:
Afterburn, last year’s Sperry Cup winner is returning to defend the cup and hopefully be the first repeat winner of the Sperry Cup. Afterburn’s remarkable story on last year’s amazing challenge is located in this year’s Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Guide.
MacIntosh, Durk Steigenga will once again be competing in this year’s Lake Ontario 300 in an attempt to regain the Sperry Cup he won 2 years ago, except this year will represent the first time Dick will compete against his brother John Steigenga in a major offshore race.
MacIntosh has been raced successfully in a variety of ocean and fresh water offshore races with the Steigenga brothers onboard as a double-handed team. John is also an accomplished double-handed racer based out of Huntington Woods Michigan with his Beneteau First 40.7, which the brothers have used to win their division in the Chicago to Mackinac race. This year, John Steigenga has decided to make the journey to Port Credit and challenge to win this year’s Sperry Cup or at least take away the chance from his brother.
Demons Dance has not won the Sperry Cup, but the father and son team of Ric and Mark Doedens won the first Sperry Cup as a double-handed team on Gizmo. This year they are returning on Dad’s C&C99 to work their magic once again.
Add your name to the list by registering at www.lo300.org
Welcome http://www.diversicare.ca/!Diversicare_Canada as a Silver Sponsor to the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge.
Diversicare is a leader in long-term care, residential care and senior's housing and will be on hand at to provide all our racers with a hearty bowl of chilli or stew once you retire after the race.
Diversicare’s newest state of the art facility is opening this spring in downtown Port Credit at Hurontario St. and Lakeshore Blvd. It consists of 150 Suites in a 6 story building and includes Studio, One-Bedroom, Two Bedroom (some + den and balcony) units.
The independent and full service facility includes:
- Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner + snacks daily
- Weekly housekeeping and linen service
- Recreation activities, entertainment, day trips
- Fitness and Wellness Centre, Spa, Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy
-Swimming Pool for aqua fitness and recreation
Full Service Includes:
- All of above plus…
- Personal laundry service
- Medication management
- Assistance with light personal care
- Trial, Vacation, Respite (after hospital stays) are available –include:
- Private furnished suites with telephone, television and emergency response
- Respite stays – Full Service care included with this stay
Offshore Racing Seminar Update
March 16th 19:30 National Yacht Club
Call and make reservations for dinner and enjoy the great dining as well as an entertaining presentation on the Challenges of Offshore racing for all types of yachts.
Bonus Presentations will be offered by:
- North Sails – Preparing for a storm
- Gill - How to dress for heavy weather
- Single Handed Challenges – Brent Hughes, 2010 Presidents Cup Winner LO300 Solo Challenge
- Lori Mason – The newest in Safety & Transat Marine
The next presentations will be
March 23rd Royal Hamilton Yacht Club
Make an evening and enjoy an exciting Chicken Special dinner at a great price and check out what’s new at RHYC. (details on our website)
March 30th Port Credit Yacht Club
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