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International
Lightning Class Association
Date: 10/31/2019
Subject: Get out and SAIL! Many opportunities coming up!
From: International Lightning Class Association



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Just because this weekend is the last SELD District Regatta of the season, don't put your boat away! Now is the time to sail. Now is the time to start thinking about putting a team together to practice for next season. Try a new crew out, practice more with your regular crew. Get in extra time so you are ready for 2020. 
 
With the 2021 Lightning Worlds being held in the SELD at Carolina Yacht Club - Wrightsville Beach the qualifiers for this regatta will take place at the 2020 North American Championship that will be held in August at the Edgewater YC in Cleveland, OH. Take the time to prepare you and your crew over the next 10 months. There are some great sailing opportunities this winter in Florida. One regatta a month from November through March. Want to leave your boat down south, let us know, we can help you make arrangements. 
 
More information on these regattas is listed below. Any questions, call Laura in the Class Office. 727-942-7969 or email: office@lightningclass.org
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60th Annual Midlands Regatta
Colombia Sailing Club
Colombia, SC 
November 1-3, 2019
 
The last regatta on the SELD District schedule is almost here. If you haven't signed up to sail in the Midlands please consider doing so. The folks at Columbia Sailing Club always roll out the red carpet so you will absolutely enjoy yourself and be glad you went.
 

King's Day Regatta
Florida Yacht Club
Jacksonville, FL 
November 22-24, 2019
 

Racing Saturday and Sunday will include top notch racing on the St. Johns River in the traditional fall breezes of Northeast Florida. 

In addition to scheduled racing, Friday afternoon will include a North Sails Clinic hosted by Paul Abdullah, which will include tuning tips, practice races, and on the water coaching.

 

Friday evening will conclude with the famous Florida Yacht Club Low Country Boil overlooking the beautiful St. Johns River featuring steamed oysters, shrimp and grits and more. After racing finishes Saturday we will host a banquet in the ballroom featuring seafood, meat and vegetable pasta dishes, salad, and dessert. Both evening events are included in the registration fee and complimentary beer from one of our sponsors Bold City Brewery will be provided all weekend.

 
This is the second year Lightnings have been invited to this annual J24 Regatta. We had 14 boats last year and it was a blast! See who sailed last year and read the report
 
Don't Delay - REGISTER Today! Click on the registration link and scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the LIGHTNING Registration button. If you have any trouble finding the link, please contact Laura in the Class Office. 
 
This is the first regatta in the Florida Winter Series!

FLORIDA WINTER SERIES 2019/2020

SUN AND FUN

 

JACKSONVILLE, SANFORD (ORLANDO) AND ST. PETE

 

REGATTA SHEDULES

JACKSONVILLE: November 23-24

SANFORD (ORLANDO): December 6-8 and January 18-19*

ST. PETE: FEBRUARY 14-16 (NOOD)

COME EARLY AND PRACTICE!!!!!--WHAT A CONCEPT

 

*January - Sanford Regatta originally scheduled for Jan 11-12 will now be sailed Jan 18-19

 

THREE COMPETITIONS:

  1. SCORING--YOUR TOP 8 RACES IN THE REGATTA SERIES
  2. DROWNED RAT—WHO HAS THE COOLEST OUT OF BOAT EXPERIENCE
  3. GIVE ME A BREAK—BROKEN MAST--AN EXPENSIVE WIN

 

Jacksonville: Sailed out of The Florida Yacht Club, offering panoramic views of the St. Johns River, a dynamic Jacksonville skyline and the race course is right off the dock!!  Plus Jacksonville University sailing team members are available to crew!!

 

SANFORD--A WONDERFUL LIFE: You know St. Pete, but what about Sanford-near Orlando--Sanford is wonderful sailing venue and offers, close by, all kinds of vacation opportunities.  Plus Sanford is small town USA.  Main street is a 4 minute walk from the regatta site with nice restaurants and bars!!!  Plus crew options available.

 

AND WE HAVE A DEAL:  You could leave your boat in Jacksonville to be picked up the next time you come to Florida--Sanford is 2 ½ hours and St. Pete is 5 hours away.  Plus Sanford is 2 hours from St. Pete.  All regatta locations have boat storage.

 

FOR SOME THE BEST CHOICE WILL BE TO BRING YOUR BOAT TO FLORIDA AND FLY BACK AND FORTH FOR SOME OF THE REGATTAS—NICE!!  YOU COULD LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE OR DRIVE BACK AND FORTH FOR THE FIRST REGATTA, FLY TO THE OTHERS AND THEN DRIVE DOWN FOR THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT.

 

If you would like us to take your boat (and vehicle) to Sanford or St. Pete that could be arranged.

 

THE SOUTHERN CIRCUIT STARTS IN ST. PETE MARCH 22-24 (yes 4 days!!) AND THEN ON TO SAVANNAH MARCH 27-28. YOU CAN BRING ALL THESE REGATTAS TOGETHER AND HAVE A FANTASTIC WINTER SAILING SEASON!!15 DAYS OF RACING!!!

6 FLORIDA REGATTAS--2019/2020: PLAN AHEAD FOR A FANTASTIC WINTER

 

Questions? Contact Steve Hayden 407-947-7995/ stevehay14752@gmail.com or Bill Mauk 305-741-6285/ billmauk@gmail.com. For information about each regatta go to ILCA's Event Calendar.

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