Lake Ontario 300 – 2011 our 4th go at it…

Black Diamond a Jeanneau 39i Performance Cruiser will be making its 4th go around on the Lake Ontario 300 in 2011. The first two attempts were successfully completed, our personal record time of 2 days and 8 hours for the full course, of 300 miles, about 550kms. Last year we did not finish due to a crew member, Glenn Butt, who was injured. You can read more about last year here on our blog (search LO300 on our blog). We are pleased to see Glenn recover fully! He sailed wonderfully with us on the Susan Hood this year and is back on the LO300 this year to finish what we started last year!

Black Diamond is all tuned up and raring to go, we feel we have an excellent crew and strategy this year for our best finish ever. Although the forecast looks very light, we will try to do our best, since our boat is an ocean boat, and likes the heavier winds. For one thing, we only carry a 110% jib, Our boat has a harder time in the Lake Ontario lighter air.

Our Crew this year is… My self, Ed Radonic, Artem Klyuka, Igor Usyn, Paul Benninger, Glenn Butt and Rob Rumble.

We are doing 2 shifts of 4 hours each, the shift are Ed Skipper, Paul in Pit and Glenn Trimming, second shift Captain is Artem, Rob in Pit and Igor Trimming.

For more information and further updates by LO300 Race Committee also have a look at these sites

http://www.lo300.org/ – Race Site

http://yb.tl/lo300-2011 – Race Tracking

http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=434 – Yacht Scoring and more technical information

www.sailflow.com – For latest weather and predictions.

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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