North Sails LOFT NEWS
Story Contributors: Louisa Bobyk
EVENT SPOTLIGHT: FINAL LOSHRS RACES
Short Handed Sailors Took To The Water For Races 5 & 6
Conditions were predicted to be less than ideal for the last races of the LOSHRS series on September 19th and 20th. That said, the wind gods prevailed and a lovely 10-12 knots came through on Saturday with fantastic sunshine to boot. While races 5 & 6 usually take racers to Port Dalhousie from PCYC with an epic party on the Saturday night, this year the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR) committee broke it up into two days races. Saturday saw racers head to Oakville from PCYC while Sunday they headed east to Humber Bay from PCYC.
The 49 boats that came out were able to enjoy two days of racing filled with Fall temps, sunshine and good times. North powered Messing About skippered by Andre Beese, a J27, from OYS took first in their division, beating out new to Lake Ontario Saffier 37 Isley from PCYC. Well done Andre and crew! Tonic from RCYC skippered by Chris Jones, powered by w, also took first in their division followed by fellow 36.7 racers Don French in 2nd with Arriba and Richard Reid in 3rd with Zingara. Ken Martin with Star Chaser, took first in his division as well for solo non flying sails on his Beneteau First 45, well done Ken!
It’s great to see the support these sailors have shown to the sport and the committee that runs these races. A great deal of effort, coordination and safety precautions were taken to ensure these races were able to happen for our short-handed sailors. A tremendous round of applause for the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing committee, especially their RC, for adjusting to the times to get races off and encourage sailors to come out on the water.