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Lightning Class Association
Date: 2/8/2019
Subject: Flash Blast - 2020 Youth Worlds,Southern Circuit Raffle, Sailors Recognized and more!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - February 8, 2019 
Single advertisements are available for each Flash Blast. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Laura in the Class Office or at 727-942-7969.

Warm Thoughts from President Wake
.....Warm thoughts of the Southern Circuit or a Tuesday evening beer can race are probably the best way to get through the cold.
 This year Nick Turney will again be leading the mentor program during the Southern Circuit.  Not to worry if you have never sailed in Miami or St Pete, Nick and the rest of the sailors will point you in the right direction.  I guarantee you will have a good time. Go to the ILCA website and register now.

The World Championships are being held in Espoo, Finland in June. The organizers are hard at work preparing for a great event and I am excited to visit Finland for the first time.  Discovering new people and places is one of the best parts of the Lightning Class... Read Todd's Full Blog Post     Photo Right: Wake/Constants Fondue Meeting Utah

Lightning Fondue Meeting Utah

2020 Youth Worlds to be held in Sheboygan, Wisconsin USA
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.  More Information Tentative schedule, more information and Canada and US Qualifying information. 
Sail Sheboygan Docks

It's time to sail in FLORIDA!
Thank You To Our Southern Circuit Sponsors!
North SailsHarken
Sailing Inc.Turney Sailing Services      
Florida Winter Series: (Best 5 races of 4 Regattas)
February 15-17, 2019 - Final tune-up before the Southern Circuit is at the St Petersburg NOOD Regatta - 3 days of racing! St Pete NOOD Information  Options to keep your boat in St Pete prior to the Southern Circuit in March.  19 boats are registered- can we make it 20?? 
Southern Circuit: (Combined Score over two Regattas in one week) 
March 17-19, 2019 - Mid-Winter Championship in Miami! Check out the Drone Footage from last years regatta - you don't want to miss this! 
March 20-23, 2019 - Master and Winter Championships - We return to St Petersburg to see who will be crowned the 2019 Southern Circuit Champions. Hotel block update is posted. 
The Mentor Program is Back! 
Nick Turney is coming back to lead the Mentor Program! This program offers a week long learning opportunity on and off the water. Program participants are teamed up with a mentor to help you during the week. In addition, Nick leads morning briefings, personal one-on-one debriefs and is out on the water during racing to help participants on a special program only VHF Channel. Teams must REGISTER for the program. For more information or to REGISTER check out the event calendar listing in the ILCA Event Calendar.
Karl Smither Award Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the Karl Smither Award. The Smither Award is presented by the St Petersburg Yacht Club. This trophy recognized the contributions of a Corinthian Sailor, Class Mentor and Lightning enthusiast. Please submit your nomination to the  ILCA Class Office

Previous Recipients Include: 
Ann Allen, Jim Carson, George Fisher, Fisk Hayden, Marilyn Maras, Don Gregory, Steve Davis, Robert Astrove, Ian Edwards, Larry MacDonald, John Faus, Laura Jeffers, Mark Schneider

Stay up to date on Circuit Information by subscribing to the Southern Circuit Blog!
Southern Circuit FundraiserEnter to Win
 Your chance to win AMAZING Prizes!  
Support the Southern Circuit with your chance to win. Additional proceeds will benefit the Boat Grant Program! 

Grand Prize: NEW North Sails Jib 
2nd Place Prize: Harken Deck/Travel Cover 
3rd Place Prize:Sailing Inc. Rudder and Boom Covers 

Great Odds!  Only 150 tickets at $25 each will be sold. 

You do not need to be present to win! 
Drawing will be held Friday, March 22nd during the St Pete Banquet. 
Purchase Your Ticket Today!

Kevin Morin
PYC - Regatta of the Year
Congratulations to many of our Lightning sailors recognized by US Sailing! 

Pontiac Yacht Club received the National One-Design Regatta Award for excellence in development, promotion and management of the year’s most outstanding one-design regatta - the 2018 Lightning Women’s, Junior and Master North American Championship

Kevin Morin, Jim Thompson and Doug Wake received the National One-Design Creativity Award for the development of MarkSetBot. 

Cedar Point Yacht Club (home to Fleet 126) received the National One-Design Club Award recognizing administrative excellence, fleet growth, creative programming, regatta support and member contributions. 

Lightning sailors making a difference in the sailing community!!

2019 Lighting World Championship
Stay up to date on information regarding the 2019 World Championships on the Regatta Website 

 Watch the Class Website and Facebook pages for updates from the St Pete NOOD Feb 15-17. The Lightning is one of the larger fleets represented with nearly 20 boats. 
Please be sure to submit your results with CREW NAMES to the Class Office. If you have a short summary and a few photos even better! If your regatta isn't listed here - be sure to add the event to the ILCA Event Calendar and send in results after the regatta!

Upcoming Regattas: 
Click on the event for more info or 
See Event Calendar for More Events or to add your event!
3 Days of Racing in St Pete. The NOOD Regatta is the final race of the FL Winter Series. Great practice for the Southern Circuit regattas in March.
1st leg of the Southern Circuit
Includes a Master's Winter Championship and Part of the Southern Circuit.
Your chance to win! A NEW North Sails Jib, Harken Travel/Deck Cover and Rudder and Boom Covers from Sailing Inc!
Leave your boat after the Southern Circuit!

Charter Boats Wanted for Summer Months
Too busy to use your boat this summer?  Help us get others out on the water! We are in need of charter boats 15000+ for use this summer. If you are interested in more information please contact the Class Office. (727) 942-7969 or
International Measurer's Seminar
Do you like to use a tape measure? Are interested in class rules? Why measurement might just be for you! This year there will be an International Measurers Seminar in the US/CAN. If you are interested in more information please contact the Class Office or David Sprague

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