Whether you’re a cruising sailor ready to take it up a notch against friendly competition in white sail, or a serious racer determined to lead the fleet, the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge provides one of the most exhilarating offshore racing experiences on the Great Lakes.
The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is the premier offshore race on Lake Ontario, and it provides a challenging circumnavigation of the waters. Competitors can choose to partake in either the long or short course. At 300-plus nautical miles, Main Duck Island Course, the LO300 long course, challenges the serious racer with flying sails (double handed, single-handed or fully crewed), IRC and PHRF Fleets & a Multihull Fleet, While the Scotch Bonnet Island Course is shorter and offers a great challenge both for non-flying sails (double handed or fully crewed), and flying sails for yachts with higher than 183 PHRF.
The Lake Ontario 300 originated through the interest and vision of several single handed sailors at Oakville Harbour Yacht Club. Johan Pederson and his group envisioned a long distance race to challenge the skills of those who usually raced single-handed in the Lake Ontario Short Handed Racing Series (LOSHRS) or around the cans on their club’s race nights, or went to regattas such as the Lake Yacht Racing Association and sailed the Freeman Cup. Most, if not all, of these long distance races were for fully crewed boats. Johan realized that often the sailing done on Lake Ontario was by 2 people and racing double handed was a good way to improve and challenge skills. Thus the lake Ontario 300 was born with its first race in 1990.
The fleet will have YB trackers installed upon registration for the race. The trackers will wake up to collect and send data through the Iridium satellite network to YB HQ severs. Once there the data is visualised onto the race player which is available on the race website. This means friends, supporters and loved ones left on shore can follow the entire fleet or an individual boat with just a click of a mouse.