by Nick Farrell
Yellowbrick are pleased to be providing tracking for this year’s Lake Ontario 300 Challenge – our team is onsite in Toronto now, making the final preparations for the race.
The Yellowbrick Team onsite at Port Credit Yacht Club
Twenty-one years ago the Lake Ontario Single Handed Racing Society formed the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge as the ultimate long distance race for double handed sailors. Three Hundred Nautical Miles, non-stop from one end of Lake Ontario to the other and returning back to the start. The race was an inspiration after some of the LOSHRS members raced the Chicago MAC race, which is probably why the distance was set as a length slightly longer than the MAC.
A Yellowbrick v3 being setup ready for the race
The LO300 Challenge was designed as more than just a distance challenge, it was about navigation, negotiating the shipping lanes, the varying winds experienced in different parts of the lake, multiple roundings and an out and back style of course. Perhaps, most importantly, it was about preparation and sailing skills.
Originally, this race was created for the fleet of dedicated single-handed sailors and the experienced sailors looking for a new challenge. A few of these original participants are still competing today, which is a testimony in itself to the attraction of this race. When the race was first announced in 1990 it appealed to a variety of participants from the serious racers to cruisers, husband and wife teams, father and son teams and of course the 'rock stars' of the day. When all was said and done everyone experienced a totally new challenge.
For more information please visit the race website at http://www.lo300.org
For direct access to the tracking, visit http://yb.tl/lo300-2011 from Saturday (16th July) morning.
Ric Searle (Yellowbrick) and Guy Perrin (Race Coordinator)