irishember

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  1. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    We look forward to it..
  2. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    Yea EV's start was somewhere around 8:30-8:45PM and he made it back for last call at the bar's (Rochester - 2am). Usually can hear Ray before you see the boat, then ya see it but just for a few minutes as it screams past you like you are riding a bicycle on a highway and watching the cars blaze by you. Gets ya nervous when his center hull is pointed right at you as he climbs up to your transom at 20kts. Not too bad for a home built boat, oh yea, that holds its own up to the big $$ boys. Wish I would have seen him roll star and stripes cat when it racing the mac.
  3. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    Thanks Geff, me too. GYC is the home club for Earth Voyager, the tri who has been doing all of the mac's for years. lets have some of your MI boats come by this way. Here is the web site for the Scotch Bonnet Light Race http://myyc.org/site/sblr I'll post more as we get closer to the event.
  4. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    Scotch Bonnet light race Genesee yacht club's annual 82nm long distance race Evening start, go and spin courses June 17 7:30 pm start. Awards/party/fathers day picnic Sunday Make it a double header, scotch bonnet one weekend, the the long point challenge the next.
  5. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    re: Toronto boat show, will they have more than three sailboats on display this year? (excluding the five under 14' boats)? Used to be a great show for sailors, one building dedicated to sail, but the last few that I went to, it took me longer to drive there than I was at the show, and I did a double look at the gear. - 3 hour drive - $60 in entry fee's - $20 for a couple beers - spending hours looking for sailboats among the big outboards, power boats that are clones of each other Would have been a total loss of a day if it was not for the outstanding "canadian ballet" where lap dances made me forget all about the boat show, and a much better value. ahh happy ending
  6. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    That lawn IS pretty sacred. LYRA@RCYC that does bring back memories from years past.. Great party, Lots of boats. hot Canadian women, and.. and something about the Commodore's ending up in pool and party cut short. Glad they got over it, looking back, if it was my race boat in the pool, Id kick everyone out too.
  7. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    The way work is going, I may have no problem going anywhere this summer.... however there is the crew and only being able to get one weekend away from the families. I'm lucky in that regard however not having a crew of single, dedicated, unemployed who can do the back to back regatta's is another stumbling block.
  8. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    What is the Susan Hood? I would probably get the same reaction from many when I would mention the Scotch Bonnet Light Race - one of the oldest running LD races on the lake.? The local club events are more tempting, less logistical problems, easier for crew. But I never miss levels, where I meet for my fleets best one design racing event. sounds like the vision for LYRA doesnt it? Maybe a multiple port start for the LO 300, ok sounds nieve, but that would get the people out who dont want to transport for days to get to the start line. But until a change like that has happened the western end "majors" will not be of interest to the majority of non west-enders. At LYRA what happened to the smaller boats, the beer can racers that want to step up to the majors, gone are the days where someone can bring out their Cal 25 or Pearson 26 and be put into a fleet with similar boats and less than a 150sec/mi handicap difference? Where did they all go? not to the majors where they are treated like a unwanted appendage. With the regattas getting smaller, the fleet rating spreads are much larger. Oh yea, that's right, the handicap system is supposed to take care of that,..not. I guess my whole point in this thread is that there is alot more to Lake Ontario that where that LO Anarchy thread was going. Don't get me wrong, if I was from the west end, I would be happy with all of the choices and the number of boats in the area to participate in these regattas, etc. Too many events scheduled, we are not a unified sailing community, smaller boats not participating in the regatta's, all are major stumbling blocks.
  9. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    Lets kill this thread and start another for the West end of the Lake, Mainmizzen - you posted "Sailors on Lake Ontario need to show up and support the races they want to see continue and prosper. Local clubs need to promote the races they want to suppport as well and ensure the right things are done to make them succeed." Its a good point, the "Lake"and its clubs has grown to promote their own events, tons of scheduling conflicts and we are seeing the result of that - a decline in other regattas specifically LYRA race week and the Levels. The last couple of LYRA regatta's I raced in were poorly attended, with exception of the one right after at levels, maybe it was the mt gay goggles, but there generally has been a lower boat count. Levels has declined from 450 to what, 200. There are alot of sailors in the other parts of the lake that would like to do some of the western end events (LO300, etc) but to be honest, its a long way from the other end of the lake, and even though I race in regattas on all sides of the lake either in my boat or crewing for friends, I think I've met only a handful of people that had competed in the LO300, at Dahlousie, go figure. With a small window for weekends to schedule events in our climate and more sailors opting for the local events I think that it is only going to get worse for a united Lake Ontario Racing program.
  10. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    236 - Its Friday isn't it... Damn... cooler is full on the boat tho. Mr. W was helpful, was early and helped set up, gave good input for our pre race duties ("don't even set a course, its just going to die anyways"), always a welcome RC crewmember . I;m going to stop by to check out his star and how his mast is stepped to give me a little more idea of what I'm dealing with. Lets get out and fine tune our attitudes.....
  11. irishember

    Lake Ontario Anarchy

    Lake Ontario Anarchy - I'm in, I am from the south shore, Rochester, and it would appear that THE epicenter for alot of the LORC, LYRA and PHRF is focused on the west end of the lake. Granted there are alot of people with boats in the west end/ Metro Toronto area , but with all of the focus on the west end of the lake it seems as we are seeing less of a united sailing front and too many conflicting events as each club tries to get the regattas more boats and bring back those large and special regatta days.. If any group can unite LO sailors and bring people that have tacked away from the racing back. the days of Levels with over 450 boats, LYRA events with 100 boats are gone, oh yea and PHRF handicaps based on facts and data instead of political bullshit, can it happen?