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The 2018 Scotch Bonnet Light Race Sailing was epic!

Photos from the start (by Steve Corona)

2 years in the making the 2018 Scotch Bonnet Light Race was a racer's race with great wind that never stopped. The winds from the east, generally 8-15 kts, with some higher winds in the middle of the night. Note that freshening winds in the middle of the night with the 'chute up will get a skippers attention. No storms, with rain at times that we are all well prepared for and 1-3 ft seas.

Boats rounding the island at 3am reported not being able to see the island due to darkness. This made the turn south difficult to judge. By 7am all boats had rounded and the committee picked up anchor.
There was not much sun, or star viewing but we were treated to a ribbon fire on the horizon at sunset. It never got completely dark.

Flicker, Bill Thompson, GYC, had a good race winning her division, best overall corrected time (Allen Trophy) and 1st GYC boat under 30ft (Founder's cup).

Line honors (Giambra Trophy) went to Rampage and 1st time skipper Jack Odenbach, RYC.

A new entry from Oswego, '100, Morley Flynn, J27, came and stole some of our gold, something we very much welcome.

We had a boat with an all women crew from Belleville Canada, they left us a note saying: "Thank you from the Ladies of Spankin Mad – BQYC for the fast, fun, memorable race to Scotch Bonnet Light. We shall return in greater numbers next year."

Robert Fields (Grand Vittesse) mentioned that his first Scotch Bonnet Race was 35 years ago and 2018 his 30th Scotch Bonnet Light Race.

There were 3 single handed racers, all in different divisions. 27 boats registered, 2 boats withdrew before checkin, 3 multihulls did not compete. 8 new boats registered.

Some sailors shared their thoughts on Facebook:

Bill Towner [Water Colors] wrote: Very hard race! It was non stop from start to finish. While we finished earlier than ever we also were probably the most exhausted, a different kind or endurance race from many past races where u had no wind and it was more a mind game than a physical slug out like this one with strong winds and some knock down gusts and intermittent rains! Great job Water Colors crew !!! Plus we were first in on our division [to finish]!!

Michelle Regan Danesi [Flicker crew] wrote: There were no calms at dawn. No biting flies. No helpless pirouettes or holes. Just 14 hours of perfect sleigh ride sailing on a great boat with an awesome skipper and crew... with a first in fleet finish, first place corrected time and probably a first overall. It was an amazing Bonnet this year! Thank you Billy!

Results Here

Our Invitation

Fellow Sailors,
Another racing season is upon us and it is my sincere pleasure to invite you to Genesee Yacht Club's premier event, the 47th Scotch Bonnet Light Race, June 22 - 24 2018. This race is a test of skill and endurance, and a rite of passage for local sailors. This year we ask you to join in again or try it for the first time. The offshore adventure awaits you ! ! !
Notice of Race (NOR) and Registration are here on our website. The NOR (under Documents) contains all of the registration details, crew list, border crossing, and equipment requirements. Please review the entire package and be sure to bring your forms at check-in. To register click Registration-Competetors-Results.
The Scotch Bonnet Light Race committee is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and when completing the registration for the race consider making a charitable donation to that organization. Furthermore, any profits from this event will be given to this highly regarded association. It is the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children though training in schools and supporting law enforcement.
We have opened the race to more participants by introducing a new division that supports boats that are cruising genoa only. A plaque and wooden keeper trophy will be awarded to the best performance boat in that division. Please reach out to your cruising friends and make plans to race this year ! ! ! !
Again this year we are a register event with the Summer Sailstice international celebration of sailing. This event is sponsored by numerous sailing companies. The registration is free and there is no obligation for a chance to win one of many giveaways. Please explore to sign up for our Sailstice event and register yourself for the many prizes. This is not a requirement for SBLR, but merely an option.
We are awarding some fine wooden keeper trophies handmade from our supplier in Australia. There will be an awards picnic on Sunday featuring live music, food, and drink to celebrate the race. We look forward to seeing you on the starting line June 22nd.
A LYRA Tier 2 event.


Rob Reisch - 2018 SBLR Chairman
email: [rv.reisch [at]]
phone or text: 585-414-1982

Live Music at the Sunday Picnic by Special Blend. Check them out on Youtube.



Invitation 2018 (PDF)
2018 Notice of Race - Final (PDF)
2018 Sailing Instructions (PDF)

2018 Poster (PDF)
Perpetual Trophy Winners - 2016 (PDF)
Event Date Formula (PDF)
Historical - Event committee Chairs (PDF)
Course Chart - Spinnaker(JPG)

Genesee Yacht Club

Link to GYC
Link to National Center for Missing and exploited children
Link to Soltice - Scotch Bonnet
Link to New website

2009 - Howe family
2007 - Bob Fields
2007 - Bob Fields
2007 - Bob Fields
2013 - Doug McKnight
Used for 2018 Poster