Lake Ontario 300 Race, 2008.

A Lake Ontario 300 Story!

The longest fresh water race in the world.

“And a little lamb shall lead them…..”  Or in this case, maybe it was a big black sheep…..Ed Radonic left his slip at PCYC to begin his first LO300 full of optimism, on his beautiful, black Jeanneau 39i Performance, Black Diamond.  New boat, new crew (3 with only 1 year experience), new sails (asymmetric spinnaker 1 week old and flown only once), all excited to start the race….  However….Fate intervened and the only spinnaker on board tore almost in half before the snuffer was fully raised, just after the start of the race.


Just of the Rochester shore during the LO300 race.

Just of the Rochester shore during the LO300 race.


Ed and his crew didn’t give up.  Without starting the engine but after placing an emergency call to Ron at Triton Sails, they sailed back into the PCYC harbour and tied up at the dock.  Ron picked up the ripped sail, sped back to the loft, repaired it and had it back to Black Diamond within a very reasonable time.

Ed and his crew sailed off the wall still without starting the engine and rejoined the race; 3 hours behind everyone else, but without penalty!  Picking up some good winds, the fleet was in sight by Whitby.  At Rochester, with only one crew member on board who had ever flown a spinnaker before and an injury to another’s hand while trying to raise it again at 3:00 a.m., the decision was made to err on the side of safety and complete the race with white sails.  They may have been the final finisher in their division, but they are certainly not last in our estimation. (not including one boat that did not finish in the division)


What an example of the sports man’s spirit of adventure, the persistence and perseverance that characterize long distance racing!  The novice showed us something about how it is done.

For everyone, the LO300 of 2008 was a truly challenging race, with varied conditions and a little something different going on all the time:  Sail changes, flies, sun, heat, wind, squalls and rain. Good food, good camaraderie… And they went the distance!  A record 127 vessels, including 3 multi-hulls, met at the start line and 103 finished the course.

Congratulations to the winners and to all those who took part!!!

Article written by Caroline Archibald of the Port Credit Yacht Club.


Black Diamond Crew: Ed Radonic, Cezary Makowski, Blair Flemming, Stephen Bye and Wolf Paunic.

Black Diamond finished in 3 days 8 hours. Raced in the top rated fleet with such boats as Defiant, a Canada Cup Boat. The Lake Ontario 300’s official web site is


The entire crew after 3 days 8 hours, 308+ knotical miles.

The entire crew after 3 days 8 hours, 308+ knotical miles.

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 [email protected]

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