The Start of the Lake Ontario 300 Race

July 17, 2010 posted by admin

11am Saturday July 17, 2010

At 10am Diane writes: Well everything is rigged, run and I think ready to go. Paul has headed off and it’s time for me to shove off the dock. This is a great race and it’s going to be a blast doing it with 2 other minis: Nathan Baron on Boy’s and Girl’s Club and Philippe Laville on Pogo Loco. Looks like we have favourable wind for most of today and into the night! See you all in a few days!

Tim again. Diane & Nathan are participating in the Lake Ontario 300 Solo Challenge, being run by the Great Lakes Singlehanded Society (GLSS) concurrently with the Lake Ontario 300, doing the Main Duck Island course. They have different sailing instructions. 17 boats are registered. The solo racers are the last fleet scheduled to start, at 12:30pm today.

Phillippe and crew are racing double handed around the Main Duck Island course, with a spinnaker in division PHRF 1.

Also of note is Diane’s Bermuda Ocean Race crew, Nick Sellars, will be racing an Archambault, A 35 in the fully crewed IRC-2 division, also around the Main Duck Island course. Archambault is represented by Competition Yachts, one of Diane’s sponsors. Time for a Shout Out to all of Diane’s sponsors – Yeah!

The race organizers are using Kattrak for fleet tracking. One must register to use the fleet tracking. Suspect I’m not the only one trying to sign up at this time. In that their servers are not responding and expect they are simply overwhelmed. When I get registered, I’ll post an update. In the mean time, check out the LO300 Kattack Race Viewer page about the race viewer and how to sign up to use it.

Paul of shore crew fame has commandeered a vessel, a cheering section including yours truly, to watch the fleet pass south of the Leslie Street Spit. It looks like wind out of the south west, allowing spinnakers to fly, with the fleet passing by between 2 & 4pm this afternoon.

Great weather for sailing and all sorts of other activities. Enjoy your weekend.

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