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Lightning Class Association
Date: 3/27/2020
Subject: Flash Blast - Message from President, Webinar April 2nd, Winter Meetings, NAs update and more!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - March 27, 2020 
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Hugh Hutchison
Hugh Hutchison: President's Message
Like all other sailors, the plans and expectations of the Lightning Class have been disrupted by the COVID-19 virus. A number of us expected to be in St. Pete by now for the first leg of the Southern Circuit and to conduct our Class Mid-Winter Governing Board and General Meetings. I have no doubt but that the decision to cancel the Circuit was correct...
...In the interim, plans are being developed to conduct our mid-winter meetings remotely. We certainly hope that as many of you as possible will participate.


Check in regularly on our website and other social media channels to keep up to date on ILCA activities...

Read the whole President's Message: Waiting and Watching

Virtual/Remote Meetings
The Class now has the capability of holding the Virtual/Remote Meetings via ZOOM for up to 300 members. Since we were unable to hold the Governing Board and Annual Winter meetings in St Petersburg during the Winter Championships they have been re-scheduled.  
Governing Board Meeting - Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 AM Eastern Time 
Annual Winter Meeting - Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Reports or agenda items for these meetings are due to the Class Office by Friday, April 10th, end of day. Actual invitations with registration links will be sent out prior to the meetings. At this point please SAVE THE DATE!
If any Fleets or Districts would like to utilize the Classes ZOOM Account and schedule a virtual meeting or get together please contact Laura in the Class Office:

2020 Team Vasilion

2020 Boat Grant Recipients Announced!

The ILCA’s Boat Grant program begins its 14th season by announcing three grant teams. All 2020 recipients are/were members of strong collegiate sailing teams, underscoring the class’s focus on encouraging young sailors to continue their involvement in one design racing outside their college racing.

Lolly Vasilion (Burlington, VT), Jack Murphy (Arlington, MA) and Julian Fraize (Cleveland, OH) and their teammates have an exciting summer ahead of them. Vasilion (Team photo above) shares: “We are excited to experience this level of competition outside of collegiate racing… I feel incredibly lucky to have assembled a team of competitive women who are eager to get on the water and can’t wait to see what the Lightning Class has in store for us!”

Let's Talk Lightnings: By North Sails

While we are all in the same boat waiting to go sailing, join Lightning Class Expert Brian Hayes and special guest Greg Fisher for an informal web talk on Thursday, April 2nd at 4:00 pm Eastern. This interactive session will include tips on how the top teams change gears and keep the boat going fast! Grab a comfortable seat, a drink, and don't forget to bring your questions.
North Sails

NAs 2020 Logo
2020 North American Championship! 
August 9-15, Edgewater Yacht Club, Cleveland, OH
NA participants will need to qualify through their 2020 District Championship Regatta. 
Registration is currently OPEN and will be limited to the first 100 boats that meet the eligibility requirement as stated in the NOR. To date 40 boats are registered. 
This regatta will serve as the US qualifier for the 2021 World Championship that is scheduled for May 13-22, 2021, Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC. 

Harken Blockheads Lightning Youth World Championship

June 27- July 1, 2020

We currently have commitments from 7 countries:

Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Greece and United States

Update from the Youth Worlds Blog: 

Given the turmoil the world is in due to COVID-19 we have looked into our crystal ball and determined . . . . precisely nothing.  The Organizing Authority and Class leadership have committed to making a go/no-go decision by April 15. Until then, we suggest that no non-refundable travel arrangements be made.


Registration will be available April 15th. Late Fee will not be charged until May 1. 


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

Recent Regatta Results
 Brazilian Junior Nationals - Jose Hackerott, Felipe Costa / Martin Chao 
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!
** If your regatta is canceled or postponed please let the Class Office know immediately so we can adjust the event calendar and get notification out. 
Final stop of the 2020 Southern Circuit! Lightnings are headed back to Savannah!
Leave your boat after the Southern Circuit!
Join VISA Sailing Club for the 9th Annual Moonshine Regatta held on Smith Mountain Lake in Southwest Virginia! Tight racing, a beautiful springtime setting, and one of the best socials in the class are waiting!
Re-scheduled meeting date
April dates have been postponed. Organizers are hopeful to reschedule for Fall 2020.
Re-scheduled meeting date
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!
Lightning Lab with Greg Fisher. Contact John Sawyer for details: m: 910-617-9458
Come join us at the best Lightning Sailing venue in New England! Featuring Vermont's Own Halyard Brewing!! Contact Bretton Gardner with questions
Southeastern District Champions

The Class Store is OPEN!
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! Hats at time time are limited. Check out the Class Store Today!
Long Sleeve Hooded Tech

2020 Publication Schedule

Flashes Newsletter

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.

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