Lake Ontario 300 Challenge

July 10, 2014 08:00 ET

Sailors Set Sail on Longest Yacht Race on the Great Lakes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 10, 2014) - On Saturday, July 12th, over 110 sail boats from across Ontario, Quebec and stretching to New York State will be casting off and racing for line honours in The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge - the longest annual fresh water yacht race in the World.

This premier offshore yacht race on Lake Ontario is 300 nautical miles in length which equals 345 statute miles or 555 Kilometers. The race starts and ends at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga Ontario and runs a course that touches all four corners of Lake Ontario.

New to 2014 is the Lake Ontario 600; sailors participating in this course will repeat the course two times without any breaks to make it a continuous race.

The Lake Ontario 300/600 is a race filled with challenges. Skippers and crew contend with a wide variety of wind and wave conditions changing dramatically day or night, currents, freighter traffic and fatigue. They must also deal with morale, sleep deprivation and in some cases diminishing food supplies.

The Lake Ontario 300 Challenge was created in 1990 as a double handed challenge. It has evolved over the years to include solo sailors and fully crewed boats. Each yacht is equipped with a transponder and through the use of Yellowbrick Tracking, a satellite tracking service, the action on the water can be watched anywhere in the world.

Media are invited to come aboard a boat and witness the start of the race. For interviews or to reserve your spot, please contact Heather Lochner (heather@impressionspr.ca or 647-269-7180)

Who: Lake Ontario 300 Challenge

What: The longest fresh water yacht race in the World

Where: Port Credit Yacht Club, 115 Lakefront Promenade, Mississauga

When: Saturday, July 12 at 9am boats leave the dock by 10am

Complimentary breakfast starts at 7am

Why: Great visuals, interesting interviews, unique stories

For media updates visit: http://loor.ca/media-centre/

For up-to-date results visit: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_detail.cfm?Race_Number=1&eID=966

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