Thornbury Laser Regatta 2019The Great Lakes Laser Regatta is now a wrap! Congratulations to the 73 participants, making this the largest Master's Laser event in Canada this year. The event was held in the town of Thornbury west of Collingwood on South Georgian Bay, from July 12 through July 14. The races were held off shore from Thornbury harbour.

Hans Fogh One Design RegattaThe 2nd Annual Hans Fogh One Design Regatta June 7- 9 was a great success thanks to regatta chairman Thomas Fogh. The cool place to be was Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Canada! This was Soling excitement at its best dedicated to everyone's good friend sailing legend, Hans Fogh. 

Youngstown YC CanAmThis year we are offering all Canadian boats registering for the regatta the benefit of paying their entry fee at par. We know the exchange has been painful and we would like to take that excuse away!

jfestIn 2016 Roger Van Vlack and Colin Andrews of Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club had the idea of creating a JFEST Great Lakes Regatta back in 2016 that would be hosted by different Clubs each year.

Hot Dog HowardAs has been the recent tradition, the ABYC Open will kick off the 2019 season. PHRF Racers will sail around the buoys on Saturday and will enjoy a "coastal" race on Sunday. The IRC and one-design fleets will race around the buoys both days.

Susan Hood RaceLake Ontario Offshore Racing (LOOR) of the Port Credit Yacht Club (PCYC), is dedicated to bringing the offshore sailboat racing experience to Lake Ontario.

Easter Seals RegattaEaster Seals Ontario is hosting the 30th Toronto Easter Seals Regatta on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Mimico Cruising Club.

Raft PartyThe LSYC Raft Party Race is happening on June 29th, 2019! This will be the ultimate resurgence of partying and sailing in the Lake Ontario racing scene.

Can Am Tripp 26Youngstown’s CanAm Regatta for 2019 will be a two day regatta this year, easier on the crew and family schedules! All the same great racing with top knotch RC work and fun ashore! 

WAR LogoThe idea was born over beers and a bonfire, as all great ideas are. After two years of meeting in the off seasons, the idea of bringing back the Women’s Annual Regatta (WAR) is coming to fruition in July 2019.

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