Long Point Challenge
Seeing the continent-wide increase in the popularity of distance racing, and the lack of local distance courses, the Collins Bay Yacht Club has initiated the Long Point Challenge. This 107 mile course will be contested mid to late June, placing it as an ideal warm-up for the Lake Ontario 300 for Eastern Lake Ontario sailors.
The course will see everything from protected flat water to wide open, potentially strong conditions, combined with geographic features and shipping lanes. It will be a true test where the outcome will be defined by the skill of the sailors in forming the best strategic course for their particular vessel.
The winning boat will be awarded the Étienne Brûlé Trophy, named after the first European to visit the Great Lakes.
The race will begin and end in Collins Bay, five miles west of Kingston Harbour. The course will see crews leaving False Ducks Island to the west, then continuing to the Lake Ontario Weather Buoy (ODAS 45012) and return. This course provides several strategic options, including leaving Amherst Island to port or starboard, staying in relatively protected Prince Edward Bay or offshore on the way to Long Point (Prince Edward Point), and then again staying inshore or offshore towards the turning mark. For the sake of safety, race management has elected to keep boats east of False Duck Island, as there are boat-breaking shoals that must be navigated between it and Long Point.
The race is open to all boats that are suitable for an offshore race. We welcome double-handed and fully crewed boats, monohull or multihull. Race management is recommending the ISAF OSR Category 3 safety requirements.
See below for the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and entry form.
For more information, please contact Geoff Roulet at CBYCLongPoint@gmail.com
2017 Long Point Challenge – Saturday, June 24, 2017
2017 Long Point Challenge Sailing Instructions (to be posted by May 1, 2017)
Results of Previous Years’ Long Point Challenge Races
2015 Results: The 2015 race, scheduled for June 27, was cancelled due to very high winds forecast for the mid-lake