July 8, 2009
The Lake Ontario 300 presented by Bell BlackBerry has closed registrations due to unprecedented demand for off shore racing in Lake Ontario. The race is officially sold out with 170 boats registered for the twentieth running of the greatest race on the lake. The race has been constantly attracting new competitors over its twenty year history and has grown by more than 40% over last year.
Competitors from over thirty different yacht clubs representing the northern and southern shores of the lake from Hamilton to Kingston in Canada and Buffalo to Rochester in the United States will converge at Port Credit Yacht Club on July 18th for the start of the race. All types of sailboats will be participating including purpose built race boats, catamarans, and cruisers.
The sheer number of boats has presented the race committee with new challenges since these boats represent approximately 850 crew members based on an average crew size of five people per boat. Shore line coordinator Monica Doedens states, “We’ve had to get more shore crew to help with the logistics. I don’t know where we’re going to put all the boats but we’ll find space somewhere!”
The course is a circumnavigation of the lake that starts at Port Credit Yacht Club, heads east and rounds Main Duck Island, then heads south to Oswego NY where it turns east along the south shore to the Niagara River mark before heading to the finish line at Port Credit Yacht Club. The race is a test of preparation, teamwork, navigation and perseverance.