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GYC Rear Commodore Rob Reisch TV interview about 2019 SBLR

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.

Welcome to the Scotch Bonnet Light Race website.

From here you can:

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 48th Scotch Bonnet Light Race, June 21 - 23, 2019. 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.

In order to encourage more participants, we will continue the new division again this year for 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.

This event is a qualifying race for both the LYRA Boat of the Year and PHRF-LO Chapman Season Awards.

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 21st.

Bring your A game - Offshore Racing

Kevin Reilly
2019 SBLR Chairman Genesee Yacht Club
email: [kevinreilly13 [at]]
phone or text: 585 500 5489

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


2018 Results Here


Invitation Letter 2019 (PDF)
2019 Notice of Race (PDF)
2019 Sailing Instructions (PDF)

2019 Poster (PDF)
Perpetual Trophy Winners - 2018 (PDF)
Event Date Formula (PDF)
Historical - Event committee Chairs (PDF)
Course Chart (PDF)

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