* VIDEO * Susan Hood Yacht Race 2011

June 3rd, 2011

This is the “Coolest Race on the Lake” and we mean both Cold and Hip type of Cool ! The water is still blistering cold after a long Canadian Winter. Hyperthermia could set in – within a couple of minutes, and a quick death to follow. This race takes us 75 miles on the rhum line from Mississauga, Port Credit, to the Burlington Bridge, to the Niagara River and back to the Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga. The race starts at 8pm, and most boats are back by early afternoon the following morning.

This was Black Diamond’s best showing in the 4 years we entered this race. Conditions were all over the place, from no wind most of the night, inching at about 1/2 a knot in winds from 1 knot or less, to moderate winds in light rain. The a heavy down pour – to a squall that hit us around the Niagara mark. Upwards of 50 knots of wind and sustained winds of over 30 knots. Then on the tail end of the squal as the winds clocked around 180 degrees – we were hit again. Ohh, and lets not forget the Snow and Hail in the middle of the lake for good measure.

We finished mid-fleet, due mostly to some R10’s and J105’s in our fleet did not finish due to the adverse conditions. Our boat is really an Ocean Performance Cruiser, with emphasis on Cruiser ! It likes the heavier stuff, and is a pig in most Lake Ontario Conditions.

Check out the 5 minute video below, this was posted to our YOU TUBE Channel.

s/v Black Diamond

With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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