2019 LYRA Race Week

2019 LYRA Race Week is the 134th Annual Regatta sponsored by the Lake Yacht Racing Association, one of the oldest yacht racing regattas in North America. Bronte Harbour Yacht Club, Oakville Club and Oakville Yacht Squadron are delighted to host the event this year.

On Saturday, 5 January 1884, at the annual meeting of the Toronto Yacht Club, the formation of a yacht racing association of clubs around Lake Ontario was discussed. After much correspondence, on Saturday, 29 March 1884, delegates from the Toronto YC, the Royal Canadian YC, the Oswego YC, and the Bay of Quinte YC met at the Queens Hotel in Toronto, voting their clubs to become the charter members of the Lake Yacht Racing Association.

Since 1884 the annual LYRA regatta has brought together yachts from around Lake Ontario and adjacent waters for almost a full week of intensive and exciting racing, including feeder races to the regatta site, the overnight Freeman Races, and three days of around-the-buoys races, with good food and entertainment between. Anyone who has sailed at the LYRA Regatta knows that the events are truly international, giving U. S. and Canadian sailors opportunities to compete and establish strong friendships.

100 Mile Race

The 100 Mile Race has been cancelled.

Feeder Races – Founders Cup & Centennial Cup

LYRA features 2 sets of feeder races which serve to gather our fleets from points near and far. This year there are 3 Founders Cup races starting from Whitby, ON, Youngstown, NY and Fifty Point, ON. The Centennial Cup race starts from Gibraltar Point (just off Toronto Island). The feeder races this year are all approximately 50nm in length and start on Tuesday July 30.

Founders Cup Races


Centennial Cup Race

Freeman Cup Races

Once racers are in Oakville they can enter one of the Freeman Cup events for a chance to take home one of the most beautiful trophies in Lake Ontario yacht racing, the iconic Freeman Cup. There are two Freeman Cup Races – Long & Short. The long race is approximately 98nm, the short is 47nm. Both are overnight races, starting in the early evening of Wednesday July 31, from outside Oakville Harbour.

Freeman Cup Races

Course Racing

2019 LYRA Race Week will feature 2-day and 3-day W/L Course Racing for IRC, PHRF and One Design fleets, from August 2-4, 2019. There will be Flying Sails and Non Flying Sails fleets in PHRF, with fleet splits to suit boats of all ratings and sizes. Non-Flying Sails Course Racing for PHRF boats (PHRF-NFS) is 2 days (Saturday & Sunday). All other boats will have 3 days of Course Racing: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Olson 30’s must register for 3 days of Course Racing but will race W/L on Friday & Sunday and have their Long Distance race on Saturday. We expect to have as many as 5 circles for Course Racing, and the racing area will be just south of the two Oakville harbours. We have One Design starts for boats with 5 or more boats and in 2019 we expect to have 8mR, Etchells, J/27, J/80, Olson 30, R-Class and Shark 24 fleets.

If you are a fleet representative interested in bringing a One Design fleet to 2019 LYRA Race Week we may be able to accommodate you, please contact our One Design liaison Luc D’Aoust – see contact page.

Course Racing

Crew Board

Yachtscoring has a crew board for boats who need crew, crew who would like to find a boat, and boats who are offered for charter. Visit the link below to add yourself to the 2019 LYRA Race Week crew board either as crew or boat looking for crew. We encourage racers to use the crew board!

LYRA 2019 Race Week Crew Board