“Victor knew he had several potential boat-owners lined up in Chile who just needed a little encouragement to get the ball rolling on a boat order,” said Faus. “And we’ve touched base with fleets in Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Nigeria. We have high hopes for the program.”
“We have active fleets in Africa, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Ireland, Chile, Greece, and all over North America,” said Steve Davis of the ILCA International Growth Committee. “And with the Pan Am Games coming up in 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico, as well as the Worlds in 2011 in Buzios, Brazil, it’s important that we keep good competitive boats circulating outside the U.S.”
A three-person skiff designed by Sparks & Stephens in 1938, the International Lightning has a venerable history with the Pan American Games and U.S. Sailing Ladder Championships. The ILCA World Championships, held alternating years, will take place this coming September on Lake Champlain in Vermont.
In order to encourage the production of new Lightnings, the ILCA is offering incentives to get competitive boats to its international fleets, as well as advice and funding to make shipping boats via container easier and more affordable. The program will be in effect on a trial basis for the first four full containers, and the offer will continue only through 2010.
The rules are simple: to qualify for the incentive program, a fleet (or individual) must import at least four Lightnings in a container from North America. The Lightnings must be new or nearly new, and the shipment must generate at least two new boat orders – either directly as boats to be shipped, or indirectly as boats to replace those shipped abroad. The subsidy per container is $2,500. The administrative committee must approve of the shipment, and will be available to help manage the logistics of shipment, the selection of boats, facilitate communication between buyer and seller.
For further information, please contact Victor Lobos, Chile (firstname.lastname@example.org or 56-41 274-9350), John Faus (email@example.com), Steve Davis, (firstname.lastname@example.org ), or the ILCA office (SKYPE: ILCAoffice, email@example.com, ph: 303-325-5886) or visit the ILCA website at http:www/lightningclass.org.