Saturday, June 3, 2017

Susan Hood Trophy Race Preview

J109 sailnig (Port Credit, ONT, Canada)- The 2017 Susan Hood Trophy Race presented by is run by the Port Credit Yacht Club and is scheduled to run on Friday, June 2, 2017 at PCYC. Since 1955, fully crewed yachts have been taking the challenge of a spring offshore race.  It is a great event to shake down your boat and crew and start the 2017 season.  Why race the Susan Hood Trophy Race? Here is why it has proven so popular:
- Excellent warm up race for the LO300
- Experience the weather challenges offered in spring
- Convenient overnight racing will not tie up the weekend
- Great pre-race and post- race camaraderie

Taking the challenge are a fleet of ninety-five boats, including eighteen J/crews (nearly 20% of the fleet)!  Leading the charge should be Bruce Pierce’s J/122 HOOLIGAN II from Toronto, Ontario, sailing in the eight-boat IRC Class against some of the most competitive big boats on Lake Ontario.

In the PHRF Singlehanded class of ten boats, Kim Piller’s J/109 LIVE WIRE from host Port Credit YC will be taking on a wide range of boats from an old C&C 27 up to a race-prepped First 40.  In the PHRF Doublehanded class, Leszek Siek’s J/35 JAEGER will be taking on eight teams that include a Figaro Solo up to a swing-keel Shock 40 and a Swan 47.

The monster 53-boat PHRF Racing class includes fourteen J/Teams.  Four J/105s are in the mix (Ed Berkhout’s ALI-KAT, Peter Wolniak’s ANOTHER HAZARD, Geoff Clarke’s CASUAL ELEGANCE & Tom Accardo’s SOTTOVENTO). Joining them are three J/109s (Denys Jones’ CARPE VENTUS, Bob Eckersley’s BLUE STREAK (a past race winner) & Murray Gainer’s LIVELY (another past race winner).  The two J/120s in class include Matt Emerson’s RED LEAF and Graham Toms’ THE CAT CAME BACK.  Two J/35s that have proven to be spoilers in the past include Mike Pietz’s SHORTHANDED and Paul Cavanaugh’s TOP GUN.  Finally, joining them are Wendy Northcotte’s J/30 NORTHCAUGHT, Sean Matthews’ J/33 WEE BEASTIE III, and Andrew Sharp’s J/92 SWITCH.   For more Susan Hood Trophy Race sailing information Add to Flipboard Magazine.