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2016 LYRA Junior Regatta

In even years, LYRA provides financial support and LYRA trophies for a major junior regatta in the U.S., and in odd years it supports one in Canada. In 2015, LYRA endorsed the Four Sisters Regatta at Port Credit Yacht Club as its junior regatta. This year, the LYRA Junior Regatta will be the 2016 Centrals on Sodus. For full details, see our Junior Regatta page.

New LYRA Executive

A new executive was elected at the 2015 Annual General Meeting at Whitby Yacht Club. Bob Carey from Sodus Bay Yacht Club is the New LYRA President and Dave Steenbergen becomes Honorary (immediate past) President. Several new people from both sides of the lake also joined the executive. Here is a complete list of the 2016 officers and directors .

2015 Boats of the Year

In 2014 we made two awards for LYRA Boat of the Year: one for Handicap Racing, and the other for One-Design. In 2015 we decided to continue this approach and make it permanent. We have a very nice new trophy donated by RCR Yachts for the One-Design Boat of the Year.

The 2015 LYRA Boat of the Year for Handicap Racing is Five-Fifteen from Highland Yacht Club in Toronto, and the Boat of the Year for One-Design Racing is Nautical Symphony from Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club. For a complete report on the winners and on the new trophy please go to the  Boat of the Year page.

2016 LYRA Regatta

The 2016 Regatta will be held at Whitby Yacht Club. Here are a few words from our host club:

“In 2016, we are thrilled to host the 132nd annual Lake Yacht Racing Association regatta as we also celebrate our 50th Anniversary as a yacht club. We offer a complete boating experience for the entire family. We have premier recreational and social facilities and we love to host all racers. We are located about 30 miles equidistant from Cobourg, Toronto, and Niagara. Our Club is close to major highways and GO Train transit which provides easy access to the Greater Toronto area. Shopping and restaurants are conveniently nearby and we offer plenty of onsite parking and space for tenting and RVs.

Our website is up and running at wyc.ca/LYRA2016 and registration is now open at www.yachtscoring.com.

The Centennial Cup will be held on Monday July 25 fromYoungstown to Whitby and on Tuesday 26th we are doing something different: the Founders’ Cup East will run from Cobourg to Whitby and the Founders’ Cup West will run concurrently from Toronto to Whitby. Wednesday July 27 will see the running of the Freeman Cup short course (Whitby-Toronto-Whitby) and the Freeman Cup long course (Whitby – Toronto – Niagara – Newcastle – Whitby). The course racing series will be held Friday 29th through Sunday July 31. See the LYRA 2016 website wyc.ca/LYRA2016  for more details and the Notice of Race.

We look forward to attracting some dry-sail classes and PHRF/IRC boats using our recently refurbished crane. The crane has a capacity of 6,000 lbs, a working height of 18ft, and at a water depth of 6 ft. It’s more than capable of single-point lifting a T-Bird, Shark, Viking 28, J/80 and other similar boats from a trailer. We will also have secure onsite trailer storage.

Whitby is a deep-draft federal harbour. In the last couple of years, we have dredged our main channels to slips to accommodate Whitby’s racing/cruising fleet, which includes several 7+ ft draft boats. For LYRA, slips will be assigned based on draft by our dock master.

In advance of our golden anniversary and hosting LYRA, WYC has completed many club enhancements including building of a sunshade/rain pavilion west of the clubhouse, refurbishment of the clubhouse inside and out, purchase of new outdoor furniture, refurbishment of our dry-sail crane, ongoing maintenance dredging of channels to slips, and ongoing dock refurbishment.We have an enthusiastic army of volunteers working to make LYRA 2016 a success you and for WYC.

We look forward to welcoming you in Whitby in 2016. If you’re visiting us for the first time, we’re confident it won’t be your last!”