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POSTPONED - Harken Blockheads Youth World Championship


The Lightning Class Executive Committee and Youth Worlds Committee has determined that due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus, the AP flag for postponement has been raised on the 2020 Harken Blockheads Youth World Championship. The event will not be held in 2020 and the rescheduled dates will be announced in the months ahead as our options are clarified. 

This prestigious and highly anticipated event is an important one for our membership and this decision was made after careful deliberation.  We are incredibly grateful for the many hours our hosts in Sheboygan have dedicated to the planning of this event, the strong support from Harken and also for the great amount of interest we’ve seen from youth sailors in Lightning countries around the world.  As we better define this event’s postponement we will keep you updated.

Until then, Stay Well, Keep Safe and Think Sailing!

Harken Blockheads Lightning Youth World Championship
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The 2020 Lightning Youth World Championship will be held at Sail Sheboygan with assistance from Fleet 187, The Midwest District and Sheboygan Yacht Club Friday, June 27 - Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The Organizing Team is looking forward to hosting 20 (possibly more) Teams. 

Schedule of Events_as of 11 Nov 2019

Notice of Race

Expected Weather Conditions
Daytime high air temperatures in July average 80 degrees with the nightly low in the 60’s. Lake Michigan’s cool water temperature and warm summer days provide reliable and predictable southerly thermal breezes that range from 5-17 knots. Daily and historical wind speed and direction and air temperatures are available through a NOAA National Data Buoy Center maintained at the Sheboygan Harbor Lighthouse. The data can be found at Wave height is generally determined by wind direction and velocity and is generally 1-2 feet but may range from 0 to 6 feet. Current is minimal.


Country Selection Deadlines

August 6-10, 2019 - 2019 Junior Lightning North American Championship, Buffalo Canoe Club
The four US and two Canadian skippers from the Junior division, having the best scores among those born on or after 1/1/00, and who are willing and able to represent the US and Canada, shall be named the US and Canadian entrants for the 2020 Lightning World Youth Championship Regatta. As a clarification, neither the skipper nor crew can turn 21 years old in the year they sail the 2020 World Youth Championship. 

Other Countries, please check with your Country VP, local District Commodore or the ILCA Class Office. 

Country VP's to post your qualifying regatta(s) please notify the ILCA Class Office. 

Visit Sail Sheboygan Website for more information:

Saturday, June 27, 2020 to Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Sheboygan Yacht Club
Sheboygan Yacht Club
214 Pennsylvania Avenue
Sheboygan, WI  53081
Additional Info:
Todd Wake
World Championship
Registration is temporarily unavailable
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Country slots are outlined in the ILCA Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships.

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