“Mark Schneider doubled up to bring a boat to Jersey, while yet another Lightning skipper, Pierce Barden drove Carter Utzig’s boat north.” The four boats will be stacked and packed into a 40-foot container this coming week in Newark. “Tom Starck, a Lightning sailor from the Buffalo area, arranged a great price for shipping.”
“I expect to see four more boats at the Chilean Southern Circuit in a month or so,” said Lobos. “We’re looking forward to adding some competitive new boats to the fleet in Concepcion.”
The costs are not yet in –– depending on how many non-volunteer hours it takes to put the boats into shipping containers –– but boat builder Tom Allen of Allen Boatworks in Buffalo reports that the Fleet Development Initiative has resulted in at least two new boat orders. ILCA leadership hopes that this container will be the first of several. “We’ve spoken with people interested in building their fleets –– in Finland and Nigeria, for instance, and in reviving the class in Argentina. Additionally, we’re hearing from folks who want to start up Lightning fleets in Mexico and Australia, ” said ILCA president Brian Hayes. “We are very excited about what this means for the future of the class.”
The Lightning is a triple-handed dinghy designed by Sparks and Stephens in 1938. Actively raced in Europe, North and South America, and Africa, the recent World Championships included entries from Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, U.S., Canada, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, and Nigeria. The Lightning has also been used for the Pan Am Games and as a U.S. Ladder Championship boat.
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