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This was the second year that the Scotch Bonnet Light Race was held in late August. No one complains about temperatures this time of year. By all accounts it was gorgeous.
From Nicholas (Nick) Lang, Siren: “..we saw two flairs off to our starboard side...turns out it was A meteor shower and shortly after that we saw another very long orange streak go across the sky.”
He also said: “..around 5 in the morning we got to see the ISS go across the sky, with all the stars in the sky it was a beautiful sight.”
The winds were 20 to 0 knots. Boats had to deal with stiff NW wind and waves at the start and through most of the night, winds clocked around to the north, then winds lightened in the morning. The wind Gods are not always kind to racers. The two slower rated divisions, Spinnaker and Genoa Only did not meet a time limit rule, so, those divisions were scored using Island times.
The Tracker’s were a big hit, It allowed those on shore to follow the race. It was great to see people at the club engaged in the race by viewing the trackers and watching the weather. The viewer allows zooming in on the course and scrolling through time. Thank you Bob Johnson’s Auto Group for sponsoring this so the trackers from YB tracking could be provided at no additional cost to skippers.
24 boats registered for the event including 9 new skippers. We sold out all of the regalia. We had a lot of compliments on Julie Blakely’s painting used on the poster and on t-shirts.
Tom Beach, First Today won the Founder’s cup for the forth time and second year in a row. A new skipper, Arthur Jurczuk, Stardust won the Stewart Trophy and the Warren Miller “New Issue” Trophy. The overall winner of this years Scotch Bonnet Light Race is Mike Mincher on his J 35, Pole Dancer (RYC) for the second year in a row.
GYC is very proud of our friends to the east, Pultneyville Yacht Club, For winning the SBLR Ernie Coleman Memorial Trophy. Its the first time it has gone to a club other than GYC.
Thanks to all the skippers and crew for their continuing enthusiasm for this event. It is what drives all the volunteers of GYC to put it on each year. Please join us August 25th 2023 for the 52nd Scotch Bonnet Light Race.

2022 Review, Results, Nicks story, and, scoring correction.

Click this logo to bring up the race tracker:

Link YB Tracking for SBLR

The Scotch Bonnet Light Race will now has Real Time On Line Race tracking thanks to:

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YB Tracking is the world leader in satellite based tracking and reporting. Bob Johnson Auto Group's support means there is no additional cost to competitors. Anyone in the world can follow the progress of the race through the internet, as it happens. For more information on this awesome technology see:

Link YB Tracking

Our Invitation...

Fellow Sailors,

The Genesee Yacht Club would like to invite you to participate in the Scotch Bonnet Light Race on August 26th, 2022. This will be the 51st time that the race has been run and the first-time, boats at no additional expense to participants, will be equipped with real time YB3 Trackers. The Trackers will give friends and family access to your boat’s location during the race. This is just one example of how we are going all out to make this event memorable and enjoyable. With the US/Canada Border open the race will follow its historical course around the Scotch Bonnet Island. The race itself is a test of skill and endurance that takes place overnight. For years on the southern shore of Lake Ontario this race has been considered a rite of passage. All who have participated in earlier events have memorable stories to tell.

If you are interested in racing this year, we encourage you to register early. Trackers are required for all boats. We will have a limited number. We need to know our final count of trackers by July 25, 2022, anyone registering prior to that date is guaranteed a tracker. After that date, your registration will depend on if we have a tracker for you. Registration will be closed when we run out of trackers or midnight Tuesday August 23, 2022. Registration is open here on our website.

Whether you are a participant in the race or a supporter, all are welcome to the awards picnic on Sunday, August 28th. This year we will be awarding etched glass keeper trophies for all 6 Perpetual Trophies and Division winners. The awards picnic features live music, food, and drink to celebrate the race and its Sailors. A portion of the registration fee and profits from picnic beverage sales will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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

Rob Reisch
2022 SBLR Chairman, Genesee Yacht Club


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


2022 Invitation Letter (PDF)
2022 Notice of Race (PDF)
NEW: Tracker User Guide UPDATED (PDF)
NEW: Tracker Video Guide (2 min)
NEW: Tracker Agreement (PDF)
2022 Sailing Instructions (PDF)

2022 Poster (jpg)
Perpetual Trophy Winners - 2022 (PDF)
Event Date Formula (PDF)
Historical - Event committee Chairs (PDF)
Course Chart (PDF)

Genesee Yacht Club

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2009 - Howe family
2007 - Bob Fields
2007 - Bob Fields
2007 - Bob Fields
2013 - Doug McKnight
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