A Temporary Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships was passed by the Governing Board March . It allows skippers competing in the 2019 Pam American Games the ability to sail in the Championship Fleet at the 2019 North American Championship without sailing in the Qualifying Series. This was proposed because of a scheduling conflict where the participants could not travel to the NAs in time to sail the Qualifying Series. This will not affect the normal allocation for the number of participants in the Blue Fleet.
Temporary Amendment #1
Acting on behalf of the Governing Board, the Executive Committee voted on July 22, 2019, the number of boats required for a Governor’s Cup at the 2019 North American Championship was increased from more than 35, to more than 44. Article XIII (A)(3) of the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships is temporarily amended as follows:
3. The 33 Skippers receiving the lowest number of points in the races plus the reigning North American Champion and all Skippers tied for 33rd place shall be entitled to sail the final series to determine the North American Champion. However, if the reigning Champion chooses and so notifies I.L.C.A. at least thirty days ahead of the first elimination race, he may sail in the Qualifying Series. If he qualifies for the final series to determine the North American Champion the Fleet will be increased to 34 and all Skippers tied for 34th place. The remaining Skippers shall sail for the Presidents' Cup, except that where more than 44 remain after selection of the Championship group, a Governors' Cup series will be conducted. In such case the remaining Skippers shall be divided equally between the two series with those totaling the least points sailing in the Presidents' Cup series. Skippers tied for the last qualifying position in the Presidents' Cup series shall be entitled to sail in that series as shall the odd Skipper should the number to be divided be unequal.