2017 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge in the Books
Published on July 18th, 2017
(July 18, 2017) – Close to 100 sailing vessels crossed the start line on Saturday, July 15th as part of the 2017 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. During this year’s race winds varied from a steady light breeze running across the lake through the first 48 hours and then, depending on where competitors were on Sunday, the lake experienced areas of no wind to 39mph wind near the south shore. The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is famous for delivering every type of wind including patches of no wind, and this year was no exception.
On July 18th at 22:00 hours the final boat crossed the finish line to end another amazing Lake Ontario 300 Challenge. Tactics and wind shifts once again are prevalent topics of conversation, along with the millions of flies that seemed to find every boat in the Challenge.
After just over 42 hours, SV Esprit de Corps IV took line honors in the Main Duck course and, on the Scotch Bonnet course, line honors were taken by SV Windburn after a little more than 46 hours.
Congratulations to Razorbill from Whitby Yacht Club for winning the Sperry Cup and Spitfire from the National Yacht Club for winning the IRC LO300 Championship. Congratulations are extended to all the division and flag winners for putting up a solid performance. Trophy Winners for the 2017 LO300 are listed on the LOOR Website. See detailed results on Yacht Scoring.
To review the tactics and progress of all the boats during the race, see YB Tracking. Use the toggle bar on the bottom of the screen and other options to follow the fleets around the two different courses.
The Post-race event will be held this Friday, July 21st at PCYC. Flags will be presented and many stories shared about the Challenge. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the evening and great live entertainment included.
Source: Steve Singer