"That was a wild one!" according to Stefan Eyram aboard Wish, the C&C 36 owned and skippered by his brother Richard. And 2002 truly was a CHALLENGE with only 9 of the 34 entries actually finishing. Results and other details can be found in the Our winners section.
The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is the PREMIERE Lake Ontario yacht racing event. First held in 1990, the 2003 event will be the 14th running of this annual classic.
According to Tor Johansson on Comfort, "Lake Ontario, and the Great Lakes in general, offers some of the toughest sailing conditions that can be found. Waves don't often come from where the wind does, the winds are shifty and gusty and you can experience 3 seasons in one 24-hour period. Plus, the large waves are often 'square', causing boats to come crashing down their backs. It's not easy sailing here, but we are a strong, hearty and dedicated bunch."
Notably, in the late 70's, after winning the 1977 America's Cup in Newport RI on the 12-meter Courageous, Ted Turner sailed a regatta near Chicago and commented it was the worst conditions (windy, cold, waves) he had ever sailed in and that he had a real respect for all Great Lakes sailors, especially those who did well in races.
The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is organized jointly by the Oakville Yacht Squadron and the Port Credit Yacht Club. The 2002 race was hosted by the Oakville Yacht Squadron and started in Oakville, just off the mouth of Oakville Harbour. The course is an arduous 300+ miles and includes marks just off the Port Credit Yacht Club, Youngstown and Main Duck Island. The 2003 Challenge will be hosted by the Port Credit Yacht Club and will start just off their harbour.
There is great competition for even the most seasoned sailors... Please feel free to check the results for the last few years in the "Our winners" section of the site. You'll also find pictures and descriptions of previous races.
Everything needed to enter the race can be found on this site. The Notice of Race includes all the details and links to the downloadable versions of the entry forms and equipment lists.
There's lots of information in our FAQ section. However, should you require anything further, please feel free to get in touch with any member of the organizing committee.