40th Anniversary Championships August 2 – 4, 2019


Olson 30 Nationals / North Americans Combined – Oakville, ON

August 2 – 4, 2019

Olson 30 Class members and others:


August 2-4, 2019, in Oakville Ontario, in conjunction with the 134th LYRA Annual Regatta we will hold a special event – Olson 30 Nationals and North Americans Combined. Olson 30 boats will register for 3 days course racing but we will conduct the event under the North American Championships rules, with 2 days of Course Racing and a Long Distance race.

Victrix / Surfer Girl enjoying a winning result in the 2012 LYRA Founders Cup Race.


Sailing Instructions

This event will be a celebration of the 40th Anniversary for the Olson 30 Class. We are thrilled to announce a title sponsor for the event, Ullman Sails Cleveland.

Ullman Sails Cleveland, together with the Olson 30 Class Association are donating a spectacular grand prize – an Ullman Sport Carbon GPL Tri Radial mainsail (see similar sail pictured here) valued at approximately $3,700USD. We are delighted to have Greg Koski, Daniel Elliott and the team from Ullman Cleveland partnering with us for this event.

The racing schedule is included in the Notice of Race. Olsons are encouraged to participate in some of the other 2019 LYRA Race Week events – which are feeder races from various points on the Lake, and the Freeman Cup Races which start and finish in Oakville. See the Notice of Race for details. Olson 30’s have historically done very well in LYRA distance events! LYRA is one of, if not THE longest running yacht racing event in North Americas, with the 2019 Annual Regatta being the 134th running of the event. It draws competition from all over Lake Ontario and Eastern Lake Erie, and points beyond. Spend some time on the 2019 LYRA Race Week site and the main LYRA site for heaps of info on this historic event. LYRA has hosted the Olson 30 North Americans two previous years and we are stoked to have them hosting us again. This years looks to be an exciting on for LYRA with large number of one design fleets expected to attend including Etchells, J/27’s, 8mR, R-Class and more.

The On Shore Schedule is being planned at the present time.

In the meantime we are looking for feedback and input on the following areas:

Charter boats and charter crews: We hope to have at least two, if not more, crews from outside Lake Ontario travel to the event. The Olson 30 Class Association has pledged to sponsor the first two crews who commit to the event and intend to charter – to the tune of $500USD to help cover travel costs – and the O30 class will help arrange charters.

Interest from owners of modified boats: Olson 29’s and 25’s. If we can get 4 boats we will run a modified fleet start for open transom and other non-class compliant boats. Class rules do not permit heavily modified boats to compete for the Class championships but we invite any and all boats to join us, and sail on our course.

• Buy-in: Who is interested in this event? We have at least 9 Olson 30’s on Lake Ontario and close vicinity, a handful more in close range. We need buy-in from owners and crews and also on the organizational side. LYRA will run the racing but we can make the event really special on the on-shore side if we put in the effort. The best way to buy into the event is to register now!

Watch this page for more info.

To contact us regarding the event about any details, boat charters, or for local Olson 30 folks looking to get involved in planning the event, use the Contact Page (choose Webmaster) or the Olson 30 Class Facebook page.

See you on the line!

Scott Lyons
Great Lakes Olson 30 Fleet