Lake Ontario 300, Longest Fresh Water Race in the world!

Thanks to the race sponsor RIM Black Berry.

Thanks to the Race Sponsor.

 

Black Diamond's Sponsor, www.designbymarketing.com

 

Black Diamond of the Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC) and crew is entered in the Lake Ontario 300 for a second time this year. You can read about our interesting experience last year on this blog. Just click on “Yacht Race” on the right side of your screen, then scroll near to the bottom. The race starts Saturday July 18th at 10:30am. Last year we finished on Tuesday at about 7PM, we hope to finish this year by Monday night or Tuesday morning, depending on wind conditions. The forecast right now looks like a light start, winds building for the first day nicely, then dropping off completely for the remainder of the race. So we probably won’t be back until Tuesday.

We have more experience this year with the our new Asym Spinnaker, the crew is getting a little more comfortable but we are still pretty green. We know one thing, we will have an enjoyable time. Our crew of 5 includes myself, Ed Radonic your skipper, Andrew McAllister, Cez Makowski, Kate Thomas, Martin Boeykens and Will French.

The boat is pretty light and off loaded, we are even taking off the full enclosure canvas this year. We are still however a cruiser and will have a hard time competing against he hardcore racers in our fleet. We have Sirius Satellite weather and internet on board. We hope this will give us a little advantage over some of the boats. I will be updating this blog during the race, with just some of the happenings on the water, competition and general reports.

The most interesting way to follow this race is with the FIS Race Tracking. There are a 160 boats entered this year, the largest fleet ever. Each boat has been equipped with a transponder for tracking. You will be able to track all the boats around the lake, they are organized in divisions, so find Black Diamond in the Main Duck Course, Fully Crewed Division 2. You will be able to track all the boats and compare how they are doing against each other and follow the race in this exciting new way.

I have posted the link to the race tracking site on my blog, top of the page, click on Live GPS tracking. There are two links, the first is the FIS Race Tracking, and the second is our personal tracking just for our boat.

More information about the Lake Ontario 300 race can be found at their site www.lo300.org

Stay tuned for race updates during the race.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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