Casual Elegance Enjoys Fast Susan Hood Trophy Race

This year’s Susan Hood Trophy Race, an offshore race on Lake Ontario on June 1, had continuous wind throughout the night and into the morning, making it one of the fastest overall in regatta history. The course was the reverse of recent years. The 75nm course started at Port Credit Yacht Club, going straight SSE across Lake Ontario to the Niagara Mark on the New York shoreline, then westerly to the Burlington Weather mark on the NY/ONT border, and then back to PCYC on an ENE course to the finish. From the start, there was a mix of spinnakers and close reach sails going across the lake to the Niagara R2 mark with some of the lead boats topping over 14 knots boat speed. At Niagara, there was a quick douse of the spinnaker and a close reach all the way to the Burlington Mark where winds held, for the most part, over 13 knots. The final leg from Burlington to PCYC was dead upwind and held steady throughout most of the day. In the PHRF-FS-FC4 Class, first was the J/105 CASUAL ELEGANCE (Geoff Clarke) and third was J/105 ANOTHER HAZARD (Peter Wolniak) only another 5 minutes back. For more LOOR Susan Hood Trophy Race information, visit

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