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Lightning Class Association
Date: 5/17/2019
Subject: Flash Blast - Boat Grant Announcement, COL-ECU Rivalry, Crew Party, Women Wanted at NAs and more!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - May 17, 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.

2019 Boat Grant Program
Recipients Announced
Team Reddaway
Team Reddaway is ready to transition from College Sailing to One-Design Sailing as one of the 2019 Lightning Boat Grant Recipients.
Darby Reddaway
Darby Reddaway and her team of Wheeler Sutton and Hannah Gersch are from Atlanta, GA and will be sailing with the Lake Lanier Fleet 348 in the Southeastern District. Reddaway and her teammates sail for the Georgia Tech Sailing Team and are “thrilled to join a class that is dedicating time and resources to sailors of our age. Besides, it will be nice to sail something bigger than a 420.”  Their mentor will be longtime Lightning sailor Pam Burke.
Christine Moloney
Christine and her crew of Sarah Warren and Christine’s cousin Grace Woodcock will be based out of Central NY and will sail with both the Central NY and Lake Erie Districts. Christine and Sarah sailed for Hobart and William Smith College.  Christine is a longtime Lighting sailor with strong family ties to the Class and the Buffalo Canoe Club. With the 2019 North American Championships at the BCC, “I knew this would be the perfect year to get a team together” explains Moloney. “This is a great opportunity to sail with my college teammate again and introduce her to a great class.” Their mentor will be veteran Lightning Sailor Jed Dodge.

Boat Grant Program Co-Chair, Matthew Schon said that “2019 was one of our most talented application pools to date.” It is great to see this level of interest from these young adults in a Class that has been around for 80+ years. The Boat Grant Program is committed to getting this 20-something demographic into the competitive Lightning Class. We hope to get all applicants into the Class at some level by year end and encourage those that were not awarded a boat to re-apply for next year.


We welcome Darby and Christine and their teams to the Lightning Class! We are excited to have them sailing with us!

The Boat Grant Program is possible because of members like you! 
Thank you to the many members who help make this program possible with financial contributions and also that of personal time and talents. These contributions help to underwrite gas and regatta entry fees, a boat in excellent working condition, new sails and more. If you have not done so already, please consider making a donation to the Boat Grant Program and help us support these Teams this summer and the program going into the future.  Donate to the Boat Grant Program Now!

Salinas Tomine Regatta Video Recap
22 Colombian and Ecuadorian Teams came together for the 29th Annual Salinas Tomine Regatta held May 2-3 at the Salinas Yacht Club in Salinas, Ecuador. The Ecuadorian Team of Julio Velez, Eduardo Viteri and Irene Suarez won the regatta and showed they are ready for the Pan Am Games come August! Over the 3 day regatta, winds were between 8-12 knots and 8 races were run. Click on the Video Link above for a racing recap. 
This regatta is a wonderful example of the great friendships forged by sailing Lightnings. Next year will be the 30th Anniversary and there will for sure be a big celebration!

Spinsheet Crew Party
Area Wide Crew Party!
Spinsheet Magazine has been hosting an Annapolis wide crew party for years - see how a similar event could be held in your area to boost new participation.
"...from talented juniors in the SSA and high school sailing programs, their parents, ex-college sailors, and adults with a wide range of skills. It was a simple matter to show them the boat, and point out the many features that make sailing a Lighting such a great thing to do. By the end of the day the Fleet 329 sign up sheet had grown to some 20 names with contact information." 

Atlantic Coast Championship - SAVE THE DATE!
Susquahanna Yacht Club and Fleet 253 located in Wrightsville, PA invite you to sail on the beautiful Susquahanna River's Lake Clarke! Please join us July 13-14, 2019. The NOR will be posted VERY SOON. Watch the ILCA Event Calendar for updates. 
Susquahanna Yacht Club

Women's NAC Flyer

Doc Gilbert Memorial Potomac CupSteve Constance
Burl Harmon Memorial Indiana Open - James Taylor, Matt Werner & Dale Krcek
Salinas Tomine Regatta - Julio Velez, Eduardo Viteri, Irene Suarez
TX District Championship- Clarke Newman, Deanna Newman, Ralph Bilnoski
Spring Championship - Elaine Parshall, Grace O 'Hare, Ansley Sloan
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!
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 family oriented club, formed in 1967 to promote one design centerboard sailing and racing. This year marks the 50th year for the event. Active Club one-design fleets include Lightning, Lido, Laser, Fireball and Sun
Spring regatta, combined with Sonar and Viper regattas, it is One-Designs on the Hudson! Bigger party, more fun.
Central Ohio's Only Open Lightning Regatta, Join the Fun
Riverton NJ
Come sail in the first big summer regatta in historic Charleston!
2 Day Regatta in Cazenovia, N.Y.

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. 

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