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Lightning Class Association
Date: 3/7/2019
Subject: Flash Blast - Meeting Notice, Southern Circuit, Last Chance for Raffle, Member Spot Light and more!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - March 7, 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.

Notice of Meetings
A Governing Board Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1130 at the St Petersburg Yacht Club. 

Two items are up for vote. 
The first is a Temporary Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships. It would allow 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 is 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
The Second Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships has been proposed to clarify the intent of Article XIII – Racing Conditions, Paragraph 2 of Section B 
Amendment #2

All Governing Board Members (Executive Committee, Vice Presidents and District Commodores), have been emailed a Proxy Ballot according to the Class By-Laws.  We ask for ballots to be returned by Monday, March 18. If you are a Governing Board Member and have not received the Proxy Ballot Email please contact the Class Office as soon as possible. 
 The Annual Meeting of Members will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 1730 at the St Petersburg Yacht Club. 
No items are up for vote. 

If you would like to be added to the agenda or if you have something to share during either meeting, please send a request or short written report to Class Secretary Jeffers by Monday, March 11th to or contact Class President Todd Wake at

Please note that Personal and Fleet Dues must be current in order to vote. 

Member Spotlight!
Bill Bogardus
Bill Bogardus is serving his first term on the Executive Committee as Secretary. He has a long history in the Class and is now part of Fleet 126 at Cedar Point Yacht Club in CT. Learn more about Bill and his vision for the Class.  
Starck Family
David Starck has stood before many of us at award ceremonies and has likely had a few words to say. He was elected use that voice and serve on the Executive Committee. Learn about David and his aspirations for the Class. 

10 days and counting....
Thank You To Our Southern Circuit Sponsors!
North SailsHarken
Sailing Inc.Turney Sailing Services
We Also Welcome NEW Sponsor: 
Coral Reef Sailing Apparel
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!  We are expecting 32+ boats - join us for epic sailing conditions. 
March 20-23, 2019 - Master and Winter Championships - We return to St Petersburg to see who will be crowned the 2019 Southern Circuit Champions. We are expecting nearly 50 boats - help us hit (or exceed) this mark!
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

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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!

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

Salinas YC- Ranking 1  - Julio Velez, Eduardo Viteri, Irene Suarez
SCYA Midwinter Regatta - Bob Martin, Steve Hunt, Diego Escobar
FL Winter Series - Steve Hayden
St Petersburg NOOD - Ched Proctor, Bill Faude, Monica Morgan
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!
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!
Come sail on Lake Hartwell at West Carolina
Come join us for the first regatta of the Dixie District Purnell Cup!
River sailing on the Navesink!
Leave your boat after the Southern Circuit!
The first stop on the 2019 South

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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