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65th Annual South American Championship
Published on: 9/12/2019
Peru is planning for a fantastic South American Championship and is inviting all Countries to participate in the November Championship
Florida Winter Series! Plan now to sail all Winter Long!
Published on: 9/5/2019
Sail all winter long in Sunny Florida! The series consists of 4 regattas from November through February. These events are the perfect tune-up for the Southern Circuit in March!
2019 Pan Am Games Updates!
Published on: 8/3/2019
7 Lightning Teams sail for the Gold! August 3-10, 2019 Links to watch LIVE Racing and Updates.
Eight Bells... George Peet
Published on: 6/25/2019
It is with sadness that we share the passing of George Peet, member of Boyne City YC, Fleet 512 of the Michigan District.
Under 30 NA's Registration Fee Reduction!
Published on: 6/20/2019
Thanks to the Limbaugh Fund, the first 15 skipper's who register for the North American Championship by July 15th and are under the age of 30 will receive a discounted registration fee of $250!
Frigid Digit might not be so Frigid! New Dates!
Published on: 6/6/2019
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Digit will be Sept 28-29 this year. Chance for warmer weather and better sailing conditions!
Host and DATES Announced: 2020 North American Championships
Published on: 6/2/2019
We are happy to announce that Edgewater Yacht Club will host the 2020 North American Championship and Pymatuning Yacht Club will host the 2020 WJM North American Championships. August 6-15, 2020.
Eight Bells.... Jack Burwell
Published on: 6/2/2019
We are sad to share that long time Lightning member, Jack Burwell passed at the age of 79 after a long illness. Burwell spent many of his early days racing in the New England District.
2019 Boat Grant Recipients Announced!
Published on: 5/14/2019
We welcome Team Reddaway to the Southeastern District and Team Moloney to the Central NY and Lake Erie Districts. These Teams are lead by two women skippers and are this years Boat Grant Recipients!
Area Wide Crew Party!
Published on: 5/14/2019
Spinsheet Magazine has been hosting an Annapolis wide crew party for years - see how a similar event could be held in your area to boost new participation.
2021 World Championships - SAVE THE DATE
Published on: 4/22/2019
DATES Announced: MAY 13-22 - The 2021 World Championships will be hosted by Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC! Lightnings are headed to the beach!
2019 North American Championship Qualifying Ratio
Published on: 4/18/2019
The EC has approved a 1:1 quota for all Canadian and United States Districts.
Call for Bids - 2020 North American Championships
Published on: 4/16/2019
Bids are now being accepted for the 2020 North American Championships. The NAC will be the qualifying event for the 2021 Lightning World Championship that will be held in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Deadline for bids is May 16th.
2020 Youth Worlds to be hosted by Sail Sheboygan!
Published on: 2/6/2019
Sail Sheboygan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin will host the 2020 Lightning Youth World Championship June 27 - July 1, 2020.
Lightning Sailors Recognized at US Sailing Awards
Published on: 2/1/2019
Lightning sailors making a difference in the sailing community!!
Charter Boats Wanted for Summer Months
Published on: 1/14/2019
Too busy to use your boat this summer? Want to see it get used by others that want to race?
Final 2 Countries qualify for Pan American Games
Published on: 1/11/2019
Country qualifications are complete for the 2019 Pan American Games. Brazil and Colombia will join Argentina, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, United States and host country Peru this August in Lightning competition.
Lightning Sailor takes on Sydney Hobart Race!
Published on: 12/24/2018
Track AUS Lightning sailor Ian Edwards aboard WINGS as he and his team take on the famous Sydney Hobart Race!
Eight Bells... Joe Starck Sr.
Published on: 11/27/2018
It is with sadness we share the passing of Joe Starck Sr. from Fleet 12 - Buffalo Canoe Club.
Fleet 54 Awarded Steketee Trophy
Published on: 11/16/2018
Fleet 54/Pontiac Yacht Club awarded the Steketee Trophy for 2018!
Eight Bells... Dennis Dean "Denny" Dieball Sr.
Published on: 11/14/2018
It is with sadness we share the passing of Denny Dieball from the Western Lake Erie Fleet 42 and the North Cape Yacht Club.
Chilean Lightning Lab
Published on: 11/1/2018
Class President Todd Wake and his wife Kristine lead a lab in Chile that focused on tuning and crew work.
Eight Bells... Patricia Burridge
Published on: 11/1/2018
UPDATED WITH SERVICE INFORMATION. Patricia passed away on October 31 after suffering a recent stroke. She is now reunited with her husband Robert "Lal" longtime Lightning Family member from Fleet 266 in Carlisle, Illinois who left us in 2016.
Eight Bells... Alan Bates
Published on: 10/9/2018
It is with sadness we share the passing of Alan Bates from Fleet 126.
Eight Bells... Mark Bryant
Published on: 9/27/2018
It is with sadness that we share Mark Bryant lost his brief battle with cancer. The two time North American Champion left a mark on the Lightning Class that will not be forgotten.
Safety Equipment Notice
Published on: 8/14/2018
Questions have arisen concerning class safety rules, and what equipment must be carried on the boat when racing. In order to clarify this issue, I have looked through our class rules as currently posted on the ILCA website, with the results shown in this post.
2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
Published on: 6/29/2018
Lightning Division was canceled
July Meetings Announcement
Published on: 6/26/2018
A meeting of the Governing Board and the Annual Meeting of Members will take place during the North American Championship at the Mission Bay YC, San Diego, CA. July 26 and 27.
2018 Boat Grant Recipients Announced
Published on: 6/1/2018
We begin the 12th Year of the Boat Grant Program with announcing 3 Recipients! 1 from the Midwest District and 2 from the Southeastern District!
Awesome DRONE Footage to get you in the mood...
Published on: 5/23/2018
This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the International Lightning Class Association. Please join us in celebrating at one of our many regional events this summer. So what are you waiting for? Here's a little taste of Lightning sailing from the 2018 Southern Circuit to get you psyched. See you out on the water!
Lightning Launches in St Maarten!
Published on: 5/3/2018
Lightning launches St Maarten into the Central American Games.
Spring News from Finland!
Published on: 4/26/2018
See What's happening with our Finnish Fleets!
Eight Bells.... Franz K. Schneider, CAD District
Published on: 4/4/2018
Longtime NJ Lightning Family Member
Southern Circuit Photos and Wrap Up!
Published on: 4/3/2018
Get Photo and video links, Special Awards and More!
Host a Lightning Lab!
Published on: 2/10/2019
Great District/Fleet building opportunity!
Eight Bells.... Wendell W. Harter, CA District
Published on: 2/23/2018
40 years of racing Lightnings, in a boat he convinced many others was the best boat to buy.
Winter Meeting Announcement
Published on: 2/22/2018
Winter Meeting Schedule Announced. Friday, March 23 - Governing Board at noon and Annual Meeting at 6pm.
Carolina YC - 2017 NAC Host awarded US Sailing St Petersburg YC Trophy
Published on: 2/2/2018
Carolina YC, Wrightsville Beach, NC awarded US Sailing St Petersburg YC Trophy for excellence in Race Management at the 2017 Lightning NAs!
Eight Bells.... Hadley Forster Greene, CAD District
Published on: 1/25/2018
Hadley Forster Greene, age 30, passed away on January 22nd after a brief illness. She sailed with Metedeconk River YC - Fleet 34 and the CAD District.
Want to hear from the Class President or Class Historian? Check out the NEW Blog Feature on the Class Website!
2018 Youth World Championship - NOR is posted! Country Participant Deadlines
Published on: 1/15/2018
Notice of Race is now posted. Country VP's need to be aware of Participant Deadlines.
Find a Lightning Fleet
The new website has a nifty fleet finder feature. Click on the Membership Tab and then Fleet Finder. Use the map and scroll into the area where you are looking to sail. Click on a pin point to see more information about the fleet in that area. Including District location, Fleet Captain, contact information and Fleet or District Members.
Welcome to 2018 and the launch of the NEW Lightning Class Website!
Published on: 1/4/2018
Happy New Year! 2018 is here and we are continuing the transition to a new web platform. This week we are launching the NEW Home Page and Event Calendar. More features will be added soon including Blogs from our Class President and Historian and Discussion Forums.
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