Lake Ontario Offshore Sailors, Please reserve the weekend starting Friday, June 21nd for the 48th start of Genesee YC's Scotch Bonnet Light Race for 2019. An 82 Nautical mile race starting in Rochester, sailing around Scotch Bonnet Island, Canada, finishing in Rochester on Saturday. Spinnaker, Genoa Only, Cruising GO, and Multi-Hull Divisions. Picnic & Awards Ceremony Sunday June 23, 2019. A LYRA Tier 2 and PHRF-LO event.
2019 Scotch Bonnet Light Race
7:00pm, Friday June 21st, 2019
GYC Rochester NY NY
United States43° 14' 59.3088" N, 77° 36' 33.7716" W
New York US
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2019 SBLR Race Review Summer Solstice brought us Surprisingly Sensational Sailing This year Mother Nature gave the Scotch Bonnet Light Race serious challenges. High Water prevented some boats from launching and clubs functioning. She gave a spring that was cold and rainy and we wondered if Lake Ontario would ever warm up enough to make us dare to do offshore sailing. As the week before the event unfolded, forecasts looked promising and the lake was warming fast. Inspired by our volunteer members going to heroic efforts to keep our club and its race program functioning. We were also inspired by participants that registered early and the enthusiasm they bring to our historic event. Mother Nature gave back to us this year and provided some incredible scenes. Rain in the west back-lit by the sun. A beautiful sunset. Great star viewing through a partly cloudy sky. A Moonrise. An incredible sunrise that lasted a long time. Very clear viewing and many people commented on being able to see shore lights from great distance. Mother Nature also gave us Great winds that never quit. The forecasts that said 10-15 out of the west and northwest were correct in general, however challenges remained with frequent changes in speed and direction especially on the first leg. This provided us with a fast competitive race. The Genesee Yacht Club is very proud to have been able to pull off this event. To have the Summer Solstice bring us Surprisingly Sensational Sailing was more than we could have expected or asked for. We stole this one. 6/23/2019 Tony Gambacurta