2010, Lake Ontario 300, LO300, ends on first day for Black Diamond


Dear friends,

The LO300 started and ended today for us at Black Diamond.

Three Squall lines blew through the race with in a few hours. Sustained winds of 30 knots or 52km, and gusts of 48 knots, 80-90 km per hour. 6 to 8+ foot waves, marble sized hail was coming down. So far 30+ boats have abandoned race, 2 capsizes, 1 sunken boat, one dismasted, and dozens and dozens with sail and rig damage.

You can see the line squal behind us, as the storm approaches.

We have abandoned the race, also at 6PM this evening. We have sustained an injury to a crew member, Glen Butt from PCYC. After a near broach and tearing the spinnaker in half, we were trying to retrieve it from going under the boat. Just prior to this our cock put was filling with water, over a foot an half of water in the cock put, but self draining, and emptying fast. We had an accidental gybe under very tough conditions, and Glenn got caught by the main sheet and was knocked at full speed across the deck about 6 feet and smashing on the life lines, and not only knocking the wind out of him, but also possibly breaking a rib or two. We are very thankful the life lines caught him, and that he was not hit by the boom, and that his injuries were not more serious. The winds we recorded were sustained at 30 knots and gusting to 48.5 knots. We put a reef in the main, and during the accidental gybe the reef point was completely blown out as well.

We have pulled into Coburg where his wife Judy met him and has driven him to the hospital. Fellow crew member Nilson Ruiz accompanied him to the hospital.

Again we are thankful that Glen was not hurt more than he was, and feel terrible about the whole situations. We are also happy to hear there were no other injuries in this race.

Sunday we shall make our way back home to PCYC, we understand there are more storms similar coming through, but will keep a sharp look out, and hopefully make it back safely.

Our Crew Member Glen Butt, is doing much better, and is resting at home. He might even make it down to PCYC tonight to enjoy the Fiddle Sticks live performance and after race party celebrations.

This spinnaker ripped at the mast head.

UPDATE 1 : Further updates now show 5 boats dismasted, and Cheeky Monkey capsized and sank. Airborne’s Boom snapped in half, where he tied off the preventer.Glen is back home resting, confirmed he has broken 2 ribs + 1 fractured rub, total 3 ribs.. Our thoughts are with him, as we sail Black Diamond back to home port.

UPDATE 2 : Over 50 boats have withdrawn from the race.  Another series of squalls are to hit, only this time it will be in the middle of the night between 1am and 5am. Just as boats are completing their last leg from Niagara Mark to PCYC.  We will be back at PCYC by 1AM, looks like we will have just enough fuel to make it back.

UPDATE 3 : Over 50 boats have withdrawn from the race.  As of Tuesday morning there are still 9 boats out there. The evening squalls did not hit, thank God. Cheeky Monkey did not end up sinking, those were initial reports I heard on the water. It did capsize, and the crew were rescued, and the boat was left over night until it could be righted and  towed in. Some boats upon arrival report gusts or wind as high as 68 knots.

Ed Radonic

S/v Black Diamond.

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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5 Responses

  1. Hello Ed and crew.

    our best wishes for a safe and speedy return.
    More weather coming tonight, another round of thunder-storms, the aviation forecast for Pearson shows them arriving about night-fall.

    Loved your blog. Sounds very factual, and somewhat frightening.


    Marie and Scott

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for the update. Glad to hear your crew’s injuries were not any worse. Just an FYI……Ian Farrier Designed Trimarans like Cheeky Monkey are made of foam core cell and are unsinkable. Fair Winds Black Diamond

  3. Ed says:

    Those were early reports, that it had sunk. The owner left it afloat over night, and recovered her in the morning. I suspect the rumors, were created by the skipper. He did not want any salvage claimers to come and get her before him. So the best way to avoid that is to claim it sunk. – s/v Blk Dmnd, Ed Radonic

  4. SRW says:

    Wow, I know this happened last year but sounds like you had one helluva day on the water.

  5. s/v Black Diamond says:

    Thanks for the comments, I just upload a video with a wild ride to Sackets Harbour from PCYC. If your enjoying my blog, feel free to subscribe. Skipper Ed

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