June 14, 2023
The Susan Hood Trophy Race presented by driveHG, known as the Coolest Race, became the Hottest Race on the Lake with just under 80 boats at the startline and shirt sleeve weather for much of the ride.
After a near postponement at the start due to a storm cell in the area, all divisions started on time in good air. Then, as predicted by Ron Bianchi our weather expert, and like most LOOR events, the fickle wind conditions tested everyone’s mettle and sanity all the way to the Niagara mark. Conditions stabilized for the run down to Burlington and in the early morning hours the winds really settled in. That made for a splendid fetch to the finish line at PCYC.
Guarav Shinde napping on the way to Gratitude’s win in the double handed division
This year’s Susan Hood Trophy Race provided racers with a bit of everything added to the challenge of a Lake Ontario race, albeit without the biting flies. Stories were told at the dock after the race around the boats of sleepless skippers and crew. They were all with smiling faces and a “where do I sign up for next year” attitude. Bring on the Lake Ontario 300!
Congratulations to Dave Maher and his crew: Derek Devries, Cathy McLeod, Rankin Middlebrook, Jennifer Overbury, Lucie Pivrnec, and Fraser Smith, on Blew By U, an Islander 36, winner of the Susan Hood Trophy 2023!
To see results of the race go to: https://www.yachtscoring.com/select_event.cfm