It has been said that if there are two boats in sight of each other, they're racing. Whether the maxim is true in general, it has been for generations of Queen City racers on Wednesday nights when the club's weekly races take place. Over the summer, the club races consist of three separate series. QCYC's mixed fleet is divided into separate starts according to ratings following the Lake Ontario PHRF handicapping system. Additionally, there are separate starts for our one-design classes of Stars, Sharks and Dinghies. With the emphasis on participation and fun, skippers routinely invite aboard newcomers to racing, many of whom quickly become converts. Queen City's club racing is also open to all members and guests of reciprocal clubs.
QCYC members are also eligible to participate in the Lake Ontario Racing Conference and the more avid racing members compete in LORC events throughout the summer. One of the high points of the LORC series, as much for the party afterwards as for the racing, is the season-ending QCYC Open Regatta, hosted annually by QCYC.
Queen City is proud to be the home of a large contingent of the Lake Ontario, Canada Star Fleet, many of whom regularly race locally and abroad.
In addition to the formal racing, special events have become a tradition at Queen City. The annual Women Skippers Race, now in its 30th year, typically attracts more than 30 boats that race over a course that begins in the harbour and includes some tight tacking and rounding of a buoy in the lake before finishing back in front of the club.
During the season, competitors can acquire points towards eligibility to compete in the day-long Champion of Champions Regatta in September to determine the club champion. The Last Chance Cup, open to all QCYC boats, is held the afternoon of the annual Awards Night in October when flags and trophies for performance over the season are given out.
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