February 15, 2023
The ground is still frozen, but the days are getting longer and, just like us, we bet you are dreaming about sailing. Rates & Dates have been set, NOR’s are published, and logistics are well in hand. Registration links are below or on loor.ca.
LOOR continues to host our Webinar Series to help prepare racers for an exciting 2023 Racing Season.
February 21 – Webinar #1, LOOR Events – Two Mandated Items
March 21 – Webinar #2, Ontario Sailing – Two Services for Racers
The LO600 is on again this season so time to think about whether you and your crew are ready for that extra challenge. Even if you don’t race the LO600, all racers of the Susan Hood TR, LO300 and LO600 are welcome to join us at our post-race party after the LO300/600 on July 21 to give out flags and party with our crews. Special thanks goes to Chris Bobyk from Mimico Cruising Club for hosting this year!
In-Person Seminars are also coming back this winter and both RCYC and PCYC will be hosting. Our information this year will be directed towards showing cruisers how easy and fun it is to participate in distance racing. These will be open to all racers and will also try to broadcast these online. See below for details.
LOOR Seminars: Cruise into Racing: a Roadmap
February 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm:
Royal Canadian Yacht Club
141 St. George St., Toronto
March 15, 2023 at 7:00 pm:
Port Credit Yacht Club
115 Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga.
Get a head start on the upcoming season by joining us at next weeks seminar – Cruise into Racing: A Roadmap presented by LOOR.
WHAT? Offshore sailing seminar
WHO? All are welcome!
HOW? Registration not required, just come on by.
WHAT ELSE? Event is free of charge
LOOR Webinar Series 2023
19:30 EST, Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Topic: LOOR Events – Two Mandated Items
There are several items mandated for LOOR Events, whether LOOR OSR Category 3 or 4. This session will cover two of these that might be overlooked.
Concussions – Mandated by Ontario Law, and
First Aid – Awareness by, at least, one crew, A First Aid Manual and First Aid Kit, which ” shall reflect the likely conditions and duration of the passage, and the number of crew.”
The Concussion component will provide what competitors need to know and briefly go over the Ontario Government’s material that competitors are supposed to review annually.
The First Aid component will discuss some of the factors that sailors need to consider when determining what First Aid Manual and First Aid Kit might be fit for their purposes, such as just racing versus blue ocean cruising, etc.
19:00 EST, Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Topic: Ontario Sailing – Two Services for Racers
Covers Personal Survival Courses and the Maple Leaf Fund provided by Ontario Sailing of interesting to racers, especially offshore.
Ontario Sailing is the Provincial Sports Organization (PSO)/Provincial Sailing Authority (PSA) responsible for sailing, including sailboat racing. Amongst the various services that Ontario Sailing provides to sailors, two are of specific interest to racers, especially those participating in offshore events such as those organized by Lake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR).
The Sail Canada Personal Survival Courses organized by Ontario Sailing
The Maple Leaf Fund
Personal Survival Courses
Taking one of the two Personal Survival Courses is becoming more and more a requirement for a percentage of the crew participating in a race that is run as an Offshore Special Regulations (OSR) Category 0, 1, 2, or 3. More information on LOOR’s phased implementation can be found at this LINK. While developed for offshore racing, these courses are of interest and use to cruisers, especially those considering blue water cruising.
Learn why you should take one of the courses, which one is the right fit for you, and how to register at Ontario Sailing.
The Maple Leaf Fund
There are requirements to participate in events conducted under World Sailing’s Racing Rules of Sailing and Sail Canada Prescriptions. The general method to comply in Canada is for the Person-in-Charge (PiC) to be a member of a sailing or yacht club that is a member of their Provincial Sailing Authority/Sail Canada. To allow those that do not comply this way, i.e., as being at a marina, Ontario Sailing offers its Maple Leaf Fund.
If interested in or planning to race, learn how:
To confirm your club is a member of Ontario Sailing/Sail Canada
If your club is not a member or at a marina, how to subscribe to Ontario Sailing’s Maple Leaf Fund to meet the eligibility requirement.
Monica Doedens & Terry Kuehn
Co-Chairs, Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Organizing Authority