The LYRA 2020 regional events planned during these uncertain times was developed to be sensitive to the pandemic. The concept is long distance events to promote shorthanded sailing, limiting crews as much as possible. Skippers are then able to provide the regional safety requirements for their boats. The LYRA Board's foresight in supporting events where boats can leave and return to their home ports protects the host clubs and all of us from large gatherings.
The beautiful LYRA perpetual trophies are tentatively planned to be awarded during the Annual General Meeting on November 14, 2020 at the Youngstown Yacht Club. The trophies will be awarded to fleet overall corrected time first place finishers for FS, NFS, and One Design fleets. Currently many of the trophies are in Canada and cannot be collected. Our hope is that by November the situation will have changed. LYRA flags are to be awarded to first, second and third place finishers in each division where a race is going to occur. Flags will be mailed to the recipients post race. For the GTA Fun Sail all boats will receive a participation LYRA flag.
The LYRA board hopes all sailors enjoy the events and stay safe on the water and among the crews.
The Gallo Island Challenge was first raced in 1987 and last raced in 1998. This year was the perfect time to revive the race. The long distance format provides a venue for skippers to comply with regional rules for the safety of their crew.
The regional races supported by LYRA with fleet trophy awards gives every sailor an opportunity to participate in a LYRA event.
Youngstown Yacht Club to hosts an east course to Olcott and back as the 36.1nm long course, and a 19.43nm short course to Wilson and back.
Olcott Yacht Club to host a long distance race with FS and NFS racing. Starting and ending at Olcott with a Wilson and Keg Creek turning marks.
RYC and GYC team up again for this year's regional Rochester event. Rochester harbor start and finish with a turn in Pultneyville. This free event promotes charitable donations to Sunset House
Pultneyville Yacht Club for the first time hosts a LYRA event racing to Rochester and back attracting SBYC and east boats for their event.
The large C&C 29 fleet in Rochester are racing in the August 1st event to Pultneyville and back for the Castle Cup One Design Trophy.
A GTA Fun Sail consisting of sailing Gibraltar to Oakville or over the opposite direction is planned appropriately designed for the Provinces' restrictions.
SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?
• Between 1000h and 1200h boats may either:
Sail past the Gibraltar mark, then the Oakville Yacht Squadron Mark 3 (N 43 27.778 W79 37.561), then back to Gibraltar or
Sail past the Oakville Yacht Squadron Mark 3 East (N 43 27.778 W79 37.561), then the Gibraltar mark, then back to Oakville Yacht Squadron Mark 3 East.
• All marks to starboard.
• Record the time you pass the first and last mark using the same time source.
• Monitor VHF 72 to talk to your friends.
HOW WOULD DO I JOIN?
• Complete the Registration Form by July 30, 2020.
• The event is open to all sailboats in the GTA, there is no entry fee.
IS IT SCORED?
• Just for your information, we will post actual and corrected if you submit your start and finish time using Time Submission Form
• All participants that complete the Time Submission Form will receive a LYRA 2020 flag.
If you have any questions, contact Janet Geisberger at 416-369-0949