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Lightnings Taking Flight in Peru…Literally!

August, 2015: Thanks to our friend Jaime Calderon in Peru for sharing these pictures of the first Lightning’s coming into Peru after many years. It’s great to see the class getting reactivated. These boats were purchased in Ecuador, driven to the border to the town of Tumbes in Peru, and then airlifted to Lima….yes, airlifted. Thanks to the Peruvian Naval Aviation Division! I guess if you are going to restart the Lightning Class in Peru you should doing in style.

Campeonato Centro Naval del Peru
La Punta, Callao, Peru
September 5–6, 2015

Four boats (out of five) took part in the first regatta of the season.

Pos Boat Name Skipper and Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
Desencuentro J. Calderó,n A. Navarro, N. Gaviño 5
Ondino J. Rodríguez, V. Linares, S. Dondero 11
Gasil G.Polar, R. Coveñas, R. Acosta DNS 15
Fénix J. Paredes, A. Canales, H. Ramírez DNS DNS DNS 19

The Peru District Lightnings finally returned to the sea in La Punta, Callao. Our first championship has been the Centro Naval del Peru, which involved four boats. In Saturday's race, we had very light winds, between 3 and 6 knots; on the next day, Sunday, the wind began at 8 knots, increasing progressively to 13 knots, making the competition much more exciting.

For the next championship, which will be held on the last weekend of September. We expect the participation of five boats.

It's gret to see Lightning activity re-activated in Peru!

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