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Lightning Class Association
Date: 5/3/2019
Subject: Flash Blast - Action in Greece, Member Spotlight, Tight and Fishy, The Perfect Regatta and More!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - May 3, 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.

Lightning action in Greece is heating up! 
In Mid March the ILCA helped sponsor a Lightning Lab in a developing Fleet in Northern Greece at Nautical Club Alexandroupolis. Nick Vazakas from the Lightning Sailing Academy lead the lab. You can see a video recap below.  
GRE Lab Video
GRE Lab Photo
"On behalf of our team I want to thank you for the support in organizing this lab and I assure you that we will do our best to develop the class in North Greece and near vicinity countries such as Turkey and Bulgaria."  Angelos Simsirikis
The action continued in Greece at the Greek National Championship - April 12-14 where 15 boats sailed from host Voula. Tsoulfas Thodoris, Tsoulfas Giorgos and Michalopoulos Konstantinos won with 4 bullets!   Full Results
This was a great tune up for the 4 GRE Skippers who will be attending the Worlds in June. A container of 4 boats is being shipped to Finland from Greece.

It is terrific to see Lightning Sailing ALIVE in Greece!
GRE Nationals

Member Spotlight -  Nicholas Tzarnas
#12985 From Tired and Neglected to Showroom Gem, read a restoration tale by Tim Grady.  Learn how this Greek American, restaurant owner went from heart attack to "Living the Dream".  
Nicholas Tzarnas Restoration

Team Colantuono Long John
Tight and Fishy....
The 2019 Long John Regatta at Monmouth Boat Club can be described with these two words, tight friendships, tight racing, tight scores. I’ll get to the fishy later.... Read Theresa Colantuono's Full Report  where the top 11 boats were only separated by 10 points! No one knew who won until the awards were handed out!  Spoiler Alert... Team Colantuono pictured left won!

If you could go to the perfect regatta, what would it look like?
Bill Cabrall takes you there with his report from the recent Moonshine Regatta...  the drive, the venue, the food, the sailing and most importantly the friendships.  Read Bill's full report
Moonshine Downwind

Long John Regatta- Theresa Colantuono, Larry Colantuono, Nico Colantuono
Moonshine Regatta - Bob Wardwell
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!
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 on Fern Ridge Reservoir, is a great place to sail. The food is wonderful and the location is picturesque. It's an annual tradition to start the regatta season with the Memorial Day Regatta. Started back in the 19
Vancouver Lake Sailing Club is a 

Official Notices - Reminder
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. 

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