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Lightning Class Association
Date: 12/11/2019
Subject: Flash Blast - South Amer Champs, Classic Boat Chat Group, Drone footage, Southern Circuit and More!!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - December 11, 2019 
Single advertisements are available for each Flash Blast. Inquire about packages that include Website Advertising. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Laura in the Class Office or at 727-942-7969.

Team Velez - 2019 SA Champions!
South American Championship
It's been over 40 years since Peru hosted the South American Championship - November 19-23 - 19 Teams representing 7 countries competed for the 2019 South American Championship Title. Julio Velez, Alfredo Ochoa and Irene Suarez from Ecuador won the championship with 26 points. Ryan Davidson, Timmy Crann and Laura Jeffers represented USA and placed second by 1 point over Juan Santos, Leonardo Santos and Maria Jose Borras from ECU. Read Team Velez's Full Report. See full results and photo link

New Home for Classic Boat Chat Group!
As a result of service changes to "yahoo groups" we have been forced to relocate our platform for new and 14 years of historical discussions related to wooden and classic fiberglass Lightnings. All are welcome to participate or "lurk".
The discussion group is for all interested in Classic Lightning Class Sailboats. Members of this group own, are former owners, or are enthusiasts for the Lightning.  A classic Lightning is one built of wood or one of the early fiberglass boats, typically built prior to the early 1980's.
In addition to supporting each other with discussions of maintenance, boat construction, rigging, tuning, racing, day sailing, boat camping and more.  We hold an annual “Get Together” / Regatta.  The date for 2020 is June 27-28, and will be held on Keuka Lake, near Hammondsport, New York in the beautiful Finger Lakes region.
You can sign yourself up by going to in your browser, register, and join the group classic-lightning.  Any questions just drop me a note:
Bob Astrove
VP Classic Boats

NEW Class Store Item!
Long sleeve adult hooded tech shirts! Available in Royal Blue or Athletic Gray. $40 each. Also available in Ladies (Blue or Pink). Also, Cotton Short Sleeved TEES and BELTS are ALL IN STOCK! Check out the Class Store Today!
Orders for Christmas delivery MUST BE PLACED BY TUESDAY, December 17th at NOON Eastern Time. Contact the Class Office with specific questions or phone orders. 
Long Sleeve Hooded Tech

Southern Circuit
We are pleased to announce that the 2020 Southern Circuit will include 4 days of racing in St Pete and a return to Savannah!
Winter Championship & Master Winter Championship:
St Petersburgh Yacht Club, St Petersburgh, FL March 21-25, 2020

Deep South Regatta:
Savannah Yacht Club, Savannah, GA March 26-28, 2020

Southern Circuit - Notice of Series

Saturday, March 21st - Registration, Governing Board Meeting, Annual Winter Meeting and Welcome Party
Sunday, March 22nd - Racing
Monday, March 23rd - Racing (note SPYC Closed - "Dock" Party at the Sailing Center after sailing
Tuesday, March 24th - Racing - Banquet
Wednesday, March 25th - Racing concludes, Awards at the Sailing Center after racing. 
Thursday, March 26th - Travel Day - Drive to Savannah YC ~ 6 hour Drive. Registration TBA 
Friday, March 27th - Racing - Regatta Dinner 
Saturday, March 28th - Racing Concludes, Awards after racing. 

The Mentor Program will be back! This is a week long program geared to help you improve your sailing skills and performance. 

Winter Championship NOR is posted! Click on this link for NOR information and ON-LINE Registration! Information about Hotel Block Reserved at the Hampton Inn - Deadline to reserve under the block is Feb 21. 

Deep South NOR and Registration information will be posted soon. 

Florida Winter Series: 2 Down and 2 to Go!
The FL Winter Series kicked off in Jacksonville, FL November 22-23 with 20 boats for the King's Day Regatta. Team Proctor won the 6 race series. Then on Dec 7-8 Steve Hayden and Team took the honors at the Sanford Sailfest Regatta at Lake Monroe Sailing Association.
It's not too late to join in on the fun! This is also a great way to practice for the Southern Circuit in March. Join us     
January 18-19 in Sanford for the Skegs and Kegs Regatta and February 14-16 in St Pete for the NOOD. All the details can be found in this FL Winter Series Flyer.
PLEASE REGISTER if you are planning to attend.
January Sanford Registration Link
 If you are planning to attend any of the FL Regattas and need to make arrangements for boat or car storage between events please send a note to Laura in the Class Office: 

2020 Lightning Youth World Championship

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA

June 27- July 1, 2020

In 2018 we had 7 countries represented at the Lightning Youth World Championship held in Greece:

Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, Greece, Peru, USA

  This regatta is an important part of maintaining our International Class and provides a fun and competitive platform for talented juniors to be immersed in the Lightning community.   Please help us get to our goal of 8+ countries in 2020!! Now is the time to identify potential sailors, clarify and/or schedule your country’s qualifying process and get these juniors excited about the event!

Selection Deadlines

 - February 1, 2020Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA class office of the number of boats it intends to enter.

 - February 15, 2020If a Lightning National Class Association or National Authority can not fill its two boat quota, those available slots will be reallocated to interested countries.

 - March 15, 2020: Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA class office of the specific competitors that will represent their country.

 - April 15, 2020:  Completed registration forms must be returned with the entry fee and damage deposit to the ILCA class office.


Stay up to date on the Youth Worlds check out and subscribe to the Youth Worlds Blog 


Frigid Digit Drone Image
‘Not So’ Frigid Digit Regatta Provides Glorious Fall Racing Off Annapolis: 
... the weekend of September 28-29 brought temperatures in the mid 70’s, breezes in the mid-teens, and 25 Lightning’s for 2 days of wonderful one design racing in Whitehall Bay off Annapolis. Lightning competitors from more than just the mid-Atlantic states noticed the scheduling change, and sailors from Greece and Italy showed up to give the event an international flair... Read Bill Cabrall's wonderful report on the event. 
Check out the racing action via the above link - click on the image. Drone footage was captured and you can really see what the action was like. After racing on Saturday, Brian Hayes of North Sails conducted a recap of racing using the footage. It was a great experience for all sailors. 

2020 Atlantic Coast Championship Announcement!
We are happy to announce a partnership with Safe Harbor Wickford Cove Marina and Wickford Yacht Club to host the 2020 ACC's! A big Thanks to the Colantuono Family for helping to make this happen. Wickford is a fantastic place to sail and one of the most underutilized wide open sailing areas on Narragansett Bay!  Make your plans to head to the Ocean State of Rhode Island July 18-19! NOR is coming soon.
Safe Harbor Wickford Cove
Wickford YC Burgee

Sanford Sailfest Regatta Steve Hayden, Kip Hamblet, Ben Getchell
King's Day Regatta Ched Proctor, Hal Gilreath, Monica Morgan
South American Championship Julio Velez, Alfredo Ochoa, Irene Suarez
Jubilee Regatta William Baxter and Team
Colombian National Championship Gustavo Tamayo, Antonio Mila, Javier Delgado
Fall Fling Kayla Neuman and Team
Midlands RegattaPaul Whitesides and Team
Wild Oyster Regatta Matt Fisher, Greg Fisher, Jo Ann Fisher
Leaf Peeper Regatta Jamie Allan, Chantal Leger, Stephanie Boucher
Cowan Lake Fall-In RegattaJames Taylor and Team
MI District High Point Series Team Morin/Team Taylor Swift/313/Orange Boat
Fall Blowout George Sipel and Team
SELD Under 30 RegattaJack McKenzie, Mason Baird, Carson Shaw
PA Gov Cup Regatta Robert Wardwell, Mel Keen, Sam Dutilly
Wawasee Regatta Todd Wake, Ben Wake, Doug Wake
Frigid DigitJustin Coplan, Ian Sanderson, Chris Schon
Cedar Point Fontelieu Fall One Design Regatta Ched Proctor, Dylan Farrell, Meredith Killion
CAZ One Day - Dave Bull Memorial Jimmy Barnash
Cotton Pickin' RegattaBill Baxter, Herbert Cochrane, Henry Grosevenor
SELD Ocean Regatta Pierce Barden, Jay Smith, Jake Usher
Massabesic Regatta William Hall, Stephanie Boucher, Nathan Berger
Red Flannels RegattaRoss Bailey and Team
Devils Lake Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta Mark Allen, Jeanne Ehrenberg, Amy Simonsen
Bow Lake Ed Hinds Memorial/NE WJM Championship Ned Hinds and Team
Pacific Coast Championship/Eugene Harvest RegattaBob Bush and Team
Whitecap Regatta Matt Morin and Team
CT Governor's Cup Dave Peck and Team
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!
*NEW DATE! Third stop on the FL Winter Series
3 Days of Racing in St Pete. Great practice for the Southern Circuit regattas in March.
Includes a Master's Winter Championship and Part of the Southern Circuit.
Final stop of the 2020 Southern Circuit! Lightnings are headed back to Savannah!
The Open European Championship 2020 will be held in Alexandroupolis. Alexandroupolis is a seaside city near the Greek Turkish Borders, 3 hours drive from Istanbul and Thessaloniki. The wind is relatively steady from Northeast directions and during summer shifting from Southwest (developing sea breeze). The city offers many choices for entertainment and nice sea food.
Participants can not turn 21 in 2020. To qualify contact your Area VP or the Class Office.
Temple Reef Sailing Club, Thund

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