2015 Scotch Bonnet Light Race


The Genesee Yacht Club invites you to join us for the 44th Scotch Bonnet Light Race, June 19th, 2015.

An 82 Nautical Mile Race – Starting Friday Night in Rochester, sailing around Scotch Bonnet Island, Canada, finishing in Rochester on Saturday. Spinnaker, Genoa Only, and Multi-Hull Divisions. Picnic & Awards Ceremony – Sunday June 21, 2015. Compete again for the Ernie Coleman Memorial Trophy recognizing the best performing yacht club based on the best three finishing mono-hull boats from each club. Get your friends to race!

We are looking forward to even greater participation this year.

The Offshore Adventure awaits you!

The Scotch Bonnet Light Race is a LYRA Tier 2 Event.

Find us at SBLR web site Also check out Race Info>Race History and Register Here soon.


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2014 Scotch Bonnet Light Race – A Review

by Tony Gambacurta 23 June 2014

Partly Cloudy, Partly Milky Way.

In a few Single Digit Hours in the Middle of Lake O.

Moon Peaking through the clouds.

That picture repeats on sailing disturbed glassy water

as the boat slices through at speed.

No one would dare change a thing about this delicate scene.

This was my 22nd Scotch Bonnet.

It is usually the best sailing of the year that I do.

This year was no exception.

Sailing perfected. SBLR Magic.

Race Review:

Beautiful weather with very light East and South winds were the story of this year's race. Only the trimaran Panic Button finished the entire course within the time limit. All other boats were scored based on Island Times. With 27 registrants, the event is growing!

Perpetual Trophy Winners

Warren Miller “New Issue” Trophy  First new skipper to finish on corrected time, Genoa Only course.

Water Colors – Hunter 33.5 – Bill Towner


Stewart Trophy for the Best Corrected Time of the entire Non-Spinnaker Fleet:

Second Wind – Tartan 27 – Gary Leary

Giambra Trophy  for the First Mono-Hull to Finish, Elapsed Time:

Vitesse - Sabre 42 – Robert Fields

Founder's Cup  The first GYC yacht under 30' LOA to finish the regular course of the Scotch Bonnet Light Race

Obsession – C&C 29 Mk 1– Rich Allen

Allen Trophy  for the Best Corrected Time of the entire Spinnaker Fleet:

Obsession – C&C 29 Mk 1– Rich Allen

SBLR Ernie Coleman Memorial Trophy to the best performing yacht club in the Scotch Bonnet Light Race based on each club's top 3 finishing sailboats.

Genesee Yacht Club

Check out Race Info>Race History



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