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Lightning Class Association
Date: 4/22/2019
Subject: Flash Blast - Southern Circuit Recap, Official Notices, NA's News and More!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - April 22, 2019 
Thank you to Harken for being one of our Southern Circuit Supporters! 
Check out Harken's April edition of At the Front by clicking on the Harken Logo below. This month's newsletter was influenced by the Southern Circuit and is an interesting read. Check it out and feel free to subscribe to the monthly newsletter if you want to receive more fun updates from Harken!
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.

Official Notices
A Governing Board Meeting took place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 
Two items that were up for vote PASSED.
The first is a Temporary Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships. It allows 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 was 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 - PASSED. 
The Second Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships was proposed to clarify the intent of Article XIII – Racing Conditions, Paragraph 2 of Section B 
Amendment #2 - PASSED. 
2019 ILCA Budget
The 2019 Operating Budget has been passed by the Executive Committee and is posted in the Document Library on the Class Website. View the budget
2019 North American Championship Quota
The Executive Committee has announced a 1:1 quota for the North American Championship. Each US and Canadian entry shall qualify for participation in the NAC by registering in their respective District Championship Regatta. 

Meeting Notice: 
A Governing Board Meeting will take place at the World Championship, Saturday, June 15th in the morning, time TBA. All competitors are invited to attend. 
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 Thursday, May 22 to or contact Class President Todd Wake at
 The Annual Meeting of Members will take place at the North American Championship in August, exact time and date TBA. 
Bid Notice: 2020 North American Championships
Bids are now being accepted to host the 2020 North American Championships. 

We are looking for one host that can hold the Women's, Junior and Master's North American Championships during the first or second week in August for 1 day of measurement/practice race and 3 days of racing.

We are looking for another host (or the same) that can hold the North American Championship either back to back with the WJM's as stated above or during the Fall. The time frame for the NAC can either be 1-2 day(s) for measurement/practice race and then 3-5 days of racing depending on racing schedule. The NAC will serve as the US qualifying event for the 2021 Lightning World Championship that will be held in Wrightsville Beach, NC. 

If you are interested in putting in a bid, please contact VP North American Championships, Josh Goldman for more specifics on racing schedule and proposed dates.

Deadline for bids is May 16th. Announcement will be by June 1. 

2019 Lighting World Championship
Stay up to date on information regarding the 2019 World Championships on the Regatta Website
12 Countries are confirmed to participate! 
21 boats were packed and shipped from the US last week from 3 different locations - Houston, TX, Buffalo, NY and Moorestown, NJ. Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to make this possible. 
2021 - World Championship DATE Announcement: 
The 2021 Lightning World and Masters Championships will be hosted by The Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach, NC MAY 13-22 - SAVE THE DATE! 

Sailors bring the whole family to the Buffalo Canoe Club!

We want to be sure there is something for everyone @ BCC, whether it be sailing, tennis, or Day Camp (or combination).  

Parents register your kids in the BCC’s Junior Activities program during the WJM's or NA's:

Further, they will provide additional coverage in the event the sailors can not get back to shore after classes end (4pm). 
Any questions - Contact Paul Grenauer at

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Southern Circuit Logo
Southern Circuit Recap!
Photos, Photos and More Photos! 
Three Albums on the ILCA Flickr Page
Amazing Photos in St Pete from Phil Pape
4 Races in Miami and 7 Races in St Pete! It was a great week of sailing. Make plans to join us next March in St Pete and SAVANNAH!
Southern Circuit Dock Party
Team Gonzalez
Southern Circuit Champions! 
Team Gonzalez! 
Tito, son Alberto, Jr, and daughter Trinidad
Chilean domination at the Southern Circuit Team Gonzalez wins in the final race of the series.  David Starck and his team moved into second and Team Robles finishes third. 
Mueller Grand Master Award
Peter Great Grand Master Trophy
Ched Proctor was awarded the Jack Mueller Trophy for the highest placing Grand Master on the Southern Circuit. (Above Left)
Bill Mauk (Above Right) was awarded the Dr Georges Peter Trophy for the highest placing Great Grand Master on the Southern Circuit.
SC Humphrey New Comer Award_Jeff Hayden
Team Orlebeke
Jeff Hayden was awarded the Humphrey New Comer Award for the highest placing First Time Southern Circuit Skipper. (Above Left)
Kayley Orlebeke was awarded the Davis Youth Award for being our youngest sailor! (Family Photo Above Right)
Winter Master Champions! 
James Taylor, George Auer and Bryan Bahler
Team Taylor wins the Master Winter Championship in a competitive 25 boat fleet. Team MacDonald second and Team Davis third.
Winter Master
Kirkpatrick_Colin Park Trophy
Winter Championship! 
Team Gonzalez!

7 races over 3 beautiful days at the Winter Championship! The Gonzalez Family Team won the regatta in the final race. David Starck and his team finished just 2 points behind for second. Steve Kirkpatrick and his team finished third.  
Steve & Jane Kirkpatrick were awarded the Colin Park Trophy for the highest placing married couple. Photo Left with Karen Park. 
Josh Goldman and his team won the Middle of Tampa Bay Award!
Mid-Winter Championship! 
Felipe Robles, Andres Guevara, Paula Herman !

Chilean Invasion at the Mid-Winter Championship! Team Robles wins with 8 points, Team Gonzalez second with 11 points! David Starck and Team rounds out the top 3. 
Bob Bush and his Team won the Middle of Biscayne Bay Award
SC MidWinter Champions_Team Robles
Mentor Program
Special Thanks to Nick Turney of Turney Sailing Services for leading the Mentor Program once again! 
Read below to hear a first timer's perspective!

Mentor Program_Miami
Thoughts from a First Time Skipper
I wanted to take a moment to express how much I enjoyed the racing in Florida.  In what other sport are amateurs like me invited to sail against the pros?  Yet, there we were next to them on the starting line.  It's humbling, amazing and inspiring.

Our time in Florida was marked by two generous people, Tom Allen and Nick Turney.  If not for each of them our experience would have been different, still good, but they made it great.   Four of the race days found us asking Tom for his help to fix 14890, yes 4!   Without his expertise, extensive supplies and tools we might have missed some races.  His ever present calm, willingness to explain what he saw and what he planned to do to fix it was done respectfully.  And then on the water, Nick was priceless and tireless.  He has the ability to distill his advice in a way I can understand.  After nearly every race we'd swing by his boat and he'd have at least one tidbit for us.  The mainsheet wasn't pulled in as far as he'd like, so we changed it.  Voila.  In the first day of racing I was in the 4th (or 6th) tier at the start line, he kept nudging, and we modified our skills.  I could give more examples of how he raised our competitive level, but the point isn't what we learned, it's how much we learned.  Because of Nick, we were getting instant feedback, and that's fantastic, we learned so much right then and there.  We're big fans of the mentoring program.

Everything about the FL events was well run and we deeply appreciate all the effort given by so many.
14890, Fleet 252
David Starck, Karl Smither Award
Karl Smither Award  - David Starck
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. David Starck was presented with this years award. Watch the presentation 
George Fisher Sportsmanship Award  - Brian Hayes, Sr. 
The George Fisher Sportsmanship Award is presented by Fisher Family and is awarded to the competitor who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship during the Southern Circuit. This year, Brian Hayes, Sr. was presented with the award. Watch the presentation
Brian Hayes, George Fisher Sportsmanship Award
Southern Circuit Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who supported the Raffle!   We sold out of all 150 tickets. Congratulations to all of the winners below:  
Grand Prize: NEW North Sails Jib  - Ian Edwards
2nd Place Prize: Harken Deck/Travel Cover  - Trevor Prior
3rd Place Prize:Sailing Inc. Rudder and Boom Covers  - Steve Davis

Thank You To Our Southern Circuit Sponsors!
North SailsHarken
Sailing IncTurney Sailing Services
Coral Reef Sailing ApparelGill   
2020 - Southern Circuit
Winter Championship - St Petersburg Yacht Club, St Petersburg, FL March 21 - 25 (note 4 days of racing (Sun-Wed))
Deep South Regatta - Savannah Yacht Club, Savannah, GA March 26-28 (2 days of racing (Fri-Sat))
Yes, you read that correctly - the Southern Circuit is heading back to Savannah! 
Tune up for the Southern Circuit all Winter!
2019-2020 - Florida Winter Series
King's Day Regatta - Jacksonville Yacht Club, Jacksonville, FL November 23-24, 2019  
Sanford Sailfest Regatta - Lake Monroe Sailing Association, Sanford, FL  December 7-8, 2019
New Year's Regatta - Lake Monroe Sailing Association, Sanford, FL January 11-12, 2020
St Pete NOOD - St Petersburg Yacht Club, St Petersburg, FL February 14-16, 2020
Send your boat to Florida for the Winter after the Wild Oyster Regatta in Charleston the end of October. Storage options are available. For more information contact Bill Mauk.

Greek National Championship  - Thodoris Tsoulfas, Giorgos Tsoulfas, Konstantinos Michalopoulos
Southern Circuit- Tito Gonzalez, Alberto Gonzalez, Jr., Trini Gonzalez 
Master's Winter Championship - James Taylor, George Auer, Bryan Bahler
Winter Championship -Tito Gonzalez, Alberto Gonzalez, Jr., Trini Gonzalez
Mid-Winter Championship - Felipe Robles, Andres Guevara, Paula Herman
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: 
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See Event Calendar for More Events or to add your event!
The first stop on the 2019 Southwestern Circuit
River sailing on the Navesink!
Leave your boat after the Southern Circuit!
Spring regatta in Indianapolis Indiana
Come tune-up your skills for the 2019 season! This is a great one-day regatta to shake off the rust!
Great spring event, nearing its 30th Anniversary! Cool Breezes, Warm Friendships and Hot Competition!
Open event to decide the Canadian Representative to the 2019 Pan American Games.
Eugene Yacht Club (EYC) located

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