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Lightning Class Association
Date: 1/16/2020
Subject: Flash Blast - Call for Boat Grant Applications, Publication Schedule, Southern Circuit and more!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - January 16, 2020 
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.

Boat Grant Promo
2020 Boat Grant Application Deadline

This summer, the International Lightning Class Association will provide two boats to promising young sailors! Now in its 14th year, the program covers regatta entry fees, some travel expenses, and a knowledgeable mentor to get these young sailors started.

They will enjoy the best equipment and will meet some really fun people (YOU)! The program eliminates the financial barriers in organizing a race team and provides sailors over the age of 19 the opportunity to focus on learning a new boat in a competitive Class that has been the starting point for many of the very best racers in the World! Help us spread the word and encourage a young person to apply!


2020 Publication Schedule

Flashes Newsletter

February 1 Publication - January 10th deadline

May 1 Publication - April 10th deadline 

August 1 Publication - July 10th deadline

November 1 Publication - October 10th deadline 

Flash Blasts

Monthly E-mail Blasts on the 15th of each month. 

Deadline is 7 days prior to the e-mail date. 

During busier months (June, July and August) we will also add a second monthly blast on the 1st of each month. 

Please send your submissions to the Class Office -

If you would like to advertise in these publications please contact Executive Secretary Laura Jeffers at (727) 942-7969 or via the above email.

CHI National Champions 2020
Team Robles
2020 Chilean National Champions! 
Felipe Robles, Andres Guevara and Paula Herman edged out Team Perez in the last race to win the Championship by 1 point. 

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. 
Turney Sailing Services

Southern Circuit
Mentor Program
Nick Turney is BACK! 

  • Morning Weather Briefing and Tips for the Day
  • Assigned Mentor
  •  On The Water Coaching
  • What Else Do You Get? -  Daily De-briefs and Flash Drive with photos of your team!
Winter Meeting Notice
 A Governing Board Meeting will take place on Saturday, March 21 at 1230 at the St Petersburgh Yacht Club. 
No items are up for vote.
 The Annual Winter Meeting of Members will take place on Saturday, March 21 at the St Petersburgh Yacht Club, immediately following the Competitors Meeting at 5:30pm in the Ballroom. 
No items are up for vote at this time.  
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 or contact Class President Hugh Hutchison at

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.  Results after 2 events
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 - (20 boats are expected!) 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
St Pete NOOD Registration Link  - Note a $75 late fee kicks in after Feb 2nd. Be sure to complete registration and entry fee payment before then. 
 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 


Chilean National 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: 
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!
Leave your boat after the Southern Circuit!
Start the season with springtime inland lake sailing
Come tune-up your skills for the 2020 season! This is a great one-day regatta to shake off the rust!
Great Spring event to help you get tuned up for the season! Cool breezes, warm friendships and hot competition! We're especially excited to be hosting the WJM's in August, so join us and see what PYC is all about!
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.
North Cape Yacht Club is hosting the Michigan Lightning District District Championship! Friday is a practice day. Sure to be a great time!
Participants can not turn 21 in 202

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!
Long Sleeve Hooded Tech

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