The organizers of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race are proud to announce that loyalty and rewards platform provider Ackroo will be the title sponsor of the 2012 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge taking place on Saturday, July 21st starting from the Port Credit Yacht Club, Mississauga Ontario.
The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge race organizers are delighted to have a sponsor who shares similar desires to grow and support the boating industry.
Ackroo provides loyalty and rewards programs for businesses and consumer groups like the sailing and boating community. In conjunction with their sponsorship, Ackroo will be powering an affinity based program designed specifically for the boating industry. Launching at the opening of the race festivities, all participants in the race will receive LO300 Cards entitling them to discounted merchandise at partner businesses and merchants participating inthe program. This will include many marine industry and related merchants as well as many other local businesses.
‘This sponsorship represents a win-win situation for both the boaters and the organizers of the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge’ said Darren Gornall Chairman of the Lake Ontario Offshore Racing Group, ‘Ackroo brings us a very grass roots based program that will have real value to boaters.’
Steve Levely, Vice President of Sales, Coalition Networks for Ackroo commented that ‘…these aren’t just any merchants; our program drives to attract certain types of merchants whose product offerings will have strong appeal for our audience of boaters, both at land-based retailers and also online stores.’
‘Our sponsorship of the very high profile Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race brings a value proposition that really goes both ways; it’s a win-win for both the boaters and the merchants,’ said Levely.
The 2012 Lake Ontario 300 Challenge Race will be the 23rd running of this high profile event. The race attracts sailors and racers from all of the Great Lakes and Quebec and represents the single most important sailing race held annually on Lake Ontario. For information, visit: www.lo300.org
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This summer the Lake Bluff Yacht Club in conjunction with the Waukegan Yacht Club will
host the 50th Sunfish North American Open Championship. The regatta will be sailed
in the fresh waters of Lake Michigan off the beach in Waukegan, Illinois from August
2 to August 4, 2012. The Youth North American Championship will also be sailed in
Waukegan from July 30 to August 1, 2012.
While we all remember Sunfish as the “camp boats” with the colorful lateen rigged
sails, they have been raced since their inception. In Waterbury, Connecticut friends
Alexander “Al” Bryan and Cortlandt “Cort” Heyniger (the Al and Cort in Alcort) put a sail
on a surfboard and by 1951 achieved the Sunfish akin to what we sail today. The first
Sunfish North American Championship was held in 1963, making this the 50th regatta.
By the early 1960’s the Sunfish had reached Lake Michigan. The Sunfish sailors in Lake
Bluff, Illinois wanted organized racing so in 1962 they founded the Lake Bluff Yacht Club
making this the 50th anniversary of the host club.
To all committed Sunfish racers, we are anxious to see you again. We also would love
to see those of you who raced Sunfish once upon a time, and those of you who hold a
warm spot in your heart for the boat whose fun-to-work ratio is perfect.
Waukegan is approximately 40 miles north of Chicago and is known as terrific
destination for your entire family. An October Forbes.com article listed Chicago as
the best of “America’s Best Downtowns”. Waukegan also is close to a Six Flags Great
America and Illinois Beach State Park.
The Notice of Race can be found on the LBYC website, lakebluffyachtclub.org/na2012.
There is information regarding charter boats and lodging in the NOR. Please contact us
By Wally Cross, Quantum Detroit
If you’re thinking about getting into sailboat racing – or returning after a hiatus—you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of options based on your experience, available time, and budget. By planning ahead for the time and expense, it is pretty feasible to sail four to six regattas a year. The first decision to make is whether to go handicap or one design. This article looks at one design, a racing option that continues to grow in popularity due to the availability of boats, affordability, access to local fleets, and competition balanced with fun.
When looking at one design, the first step is to pick the class and then a boat. One design classes vary a great deal, and rather than focus on a particular boat, it’s a good idea to study the different classes and the people involved to see if it’s a good fit.
Finding the One Design Class Right for You
Many one design classes and sailors are active on Facebook and some classes have their own websites. These are good places to start your research to learn more about the interests and backgrounds of the class members and the overall direction of the class. For example, some classes have restrictions on who can steer and the number of pro’s (sailing professionals) allowed. Many one design classes will have a class leader (preferably other than the boat builder) to answer your questions. Contact this person and see if it is possible to rent/charter a boat for one event.
Selecting a Boat
Once you have narrowed down your choice to one or two one design classes, it’s time to focus on the boat. This can be a challenge; here are some pointers:
Used Versus New Boats
If you don’t have an unlimited budget and it’s your first time in one design, it’s a good idea to consider a good used boat. As a kid, I recall sailing the new 470 and each year, all the good guys had new boats. It became obvious to me that I could not afford to be competitive in that class. In other words, if the class you are looking at requires a new boat to win, it is probably not the right class. Good one design classes have older boats winning. Another rule of thumb: if used boats are competitive, the class will hold its value and local fleets are likely to exist or develop.
Congratulations, You Own a Boat! Now What?
The good news is that your research paid off and you now own a really nice boat. The first decision is to identify the races or regattas that will fit your schedule. The next decision is your crew. Are you going to sail with your friends or a combination of friends and professional sailors? Many one design classes have restrictions on the number of professional sailors (Category 3). Another consideration is to build a long-term team with your friends, yet hire a sailing coach for your first event. Once you have a crew in place, you can start getting ready for some racing!
Steps of Ownership and Team Building
Have fun picking a class that will challenge your sailing skills while providing enjoyment on shore. Use the successful sailors in your class to glean information that will get you a jump on the rest of the competition. Stay organized with all the information and set up your own system to race. Above all, enjoy the ride!
Canfield had already received the principal prize in the event, an invitation to next month’s Chicago Match Cup, through qualifying from last year’s Chicago Match Cup. So the invitation for the only US stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour then extends to runner-up Jordan Reece from Australia. Dates for this Grade WC event are July 11-15th.
The road to the Finals was today was tough not only for the teams, but also the race managers, who struggled throughout the day to keep the courses square in the face of 40 degrees shifts that made no lead safe all day. But Canfield somehow made it look easy by winning all his matches today, starting off with two earned in the morning’s Quarter Finals that dispenses Krzysztof Rosinski in a come-from-behind effort to go 3-2. In the Semi-Finals Canfield then went 3-0 against Floridian Laser sailor Brad Funk, before dominating 2-0 in the Finals with Reece.
Perhaps the best action of the event came not in the Finals, but in the last Petit-Final match between Funk and US Olympian Sally Barkow. Tied onone point each, and just yards away from the spectator crowd at the end of Navy Pier, the following drama unfolded: Barkow led the match, but with an outstanding penalty and not enough lead to do a turn at the finish and still stay ahead. Taking a play out of her Olympic training book, she started to set a trap for Funk by slowing down to lure the Laser sailor to windward where she could hope to throw him a luff and a penalty to even the score.
But Funk instead rolled over the top of Barkow in the light air, and approaching the end of the Pier looked safe to head to the finish. But Barkow and team hung in there, staying close enough to Funk that he could not gybe, but not getting overlapped to trigger a proper course requirement to gybe away towards the finish. The two sat with lifeless spinnakers well past the layline to the pin end of the finish, and right in front of the crowd.
Then the action started: Barkow judged she had enough room now to do her penalty turn, so up went her jib, followed by a spinnaker drop and a tack to complete her penalty turn. But meanwhile Funk gybed towards the finish in the diminishing breeze, with the crowd cheering him on. Barkow gybed at him on starboard, saw he would pass ahead, then gybed pack to port, giving Funk just enough separation to get ahead.
But the light air meant another gybe was needed to the finish line, even though Funk was now extending his one length lead and looked comfortable to take the win by that margin or more.
Then all of a sudden a “helicopter” puff of wind dropped down on both teams, hitting Barkow first and propelling her forward just the few yards needed to allow her to just get to the finish line with Funk in hot pursuit. The crowd roared as the yellow flag went up at the signal boat, signaling the hard-fought win for Barkow. In all, there were a staggering 8 lead changes in this one match.
This kind of action and more can be found on the daily highlight videos posted at www.chicagomatchrace.com, where there are also full results and photos.
1. Taylor Canfield (ISV)
2. Jordan Reece (AUS)
3. Sally Barkow (USA)
4. Brad Funk (USA)
5. Dustin Durant (USA)
6. Don Wilson (USA)
7. Krzysztof Rosinski (POL)
8. Steve Lowery (USA)
9. Mike Quaglio (USA)
10. Magnus Sandberg (SWE)