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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.
FL Winter Series
Published on: 10/9/2018
Now a 4 Regatta Series! Come and sail in Sunny Florida November is Jacksonville, December and January in Sanford/Orlando FL and February in St Pete. BEFORE the Regular Southern Circuit! Leave your boat in FL ALL Winter Long!
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.
2020 Youth World Championship Bid Notice - Reminder
Published on: 12/4/2018
Call for bids to host the 2020 Youth World Championship!
South American Championship NOR is Posted!
Published on: 8/15/2018
The 2018 South American Championship will take place January 3-6, 2019 in Pucon, Chile.

This event will serve as the final Country Qualifier for the 2019 Pan American Games.
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.
Women's, Junior and Masters North American Championships - News and Updates
Published on: 8/3/2018
News and updates from the WJM's at Pontiac Yacht Club - Aug 3-5, 2018
Team Hayden wins 2018 Youth World Championship!
Published on: 7/7/2018
Full results, reports, and more information here!
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.
2019 Southern Circuit Dates Announced
Published on: 6/20/2018
March is the perfect time to head to Florida to Sail! Join us in Miami and St Petersburg for two regattas that make up the Southern Circuit.
2019 World Championship - REVISED Dates
Published on: 6/20/2018
June 8-17, 2019
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
Calling all US Junior Sailors aged 13-18!
Published on: 4/4/2018
The US Sailing Chubb Junior Championship will be held in Lightnings, August 6-10 at North Cape YC, Michigan. This event will be held immediately following the Lightning Junior North American Championship at Pontiac YC - about an hour away from North Cape. The Chubb Junior Championship is a ladder event with area qualifiers.
Southern Circuit Photos and Wrap Up!
Published on: 4/3/2018
Get Photo and video links, Special Awards and More!
European Championship NOR - Posted!
Published on: 3/15/2018
Join us in Athens Greece June 27- July 1 for the European Championship!
Host a Lightning Lab!
Published on: 3/13/2018
Great District/Fleet building opportunity!
North American Bids for 2021 World Championship!
Published on: 12/4/2018
ILCA is soliciting bids for the 2021 International Master and World Championships scheduled to be held in North America. Bids are due by 12/31/2018.
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.
2019 World Championship
Published on: 2/14/2018
Date and Location Announcement!
Buffalo Canoe Club to host US Pan Am Trials - Sept 7-9, 2018
Published on: 2/8/2018
US trials for the 2019 Pan Am Games
What's New With The Southern Circuit?
Published on: 2/2/2018
Nick Turney of Turney Sailing Services is back and has some new ideas for the Southern Circuit Mentor Program!
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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