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Lightning Class Association
Date: 3/1/2022
Subject: Flash Blast: Eight Bells, Winter Meetings, Regatta Registrations & Scuttlebutt
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - February 1, 2022 
Seeking 2022 Class Sponsors!   
The Class is signing up 2022 Sponsors. Sponsorship includes a logo on our website under the Class Supporters heading, advertisements in the Flashes Newsletter and these Flash Blast emails and more. Packages begin at $260 for the year. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Laura in the Class Office or at 727-942-7969.

Eight Bells... Tom Varley
A stalwart of the Lightning class for more than five decades, passed away February 12th in Mansfield, Ohio.   


Since joining Mansfield Sailing Club in the nineties, Tom mentored and encouraged the members of Lightning Fleet 150 so that they became more competitive and better sailors. He took the initiative in starting the Bare Bones Regatta, now in its twenty-seventh year. He had many friends in the Ohio District and surrounding states and they will miss him greatly. He died too young.

Scuttlebutt Ad March 1, 2022
Promoting the Class!
 Are you looking for a competitive one-design that has International racing opportunities and is fun, family friendly, and affordable?
Come sail a Lightning...
This was the message in the recent Lightning Class Advertisement in Scuttlebutt! If you have any suggestions for future ad content please contact David Starck or the Class Office.
Read the whole advertisement here:
Special Thank you to Doug Wake for the great photo!

Winter Meeting Notices:
Governing Board Meeting will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 1000 Eastern Time via a Virtual Meeting using the ZOOM Platform.  District Commodores, Vice Presidents and the Executive committee have all received and invitation link via email. If you are a Governing Board Member and have not received the meeting link please contact the Class Office. 

No items have been submitted for vote at the meeting. 
The Annual Winter Meeting of Members will be held Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 1000 Eastern Time via a Virtual Meeting using the ZOOM Platform. A meeting invitation will be sent to all members prior to the meeting. 

At this time, no items are up for vote at the meeting.
The meeting invite will be posted and sent out at least 30 days prior to the meeting.  
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 Bill Bogardus at by Monday, March 28th for the Annual Meeting.

If required, Electronic ballots will be emailed out to respective participants according to the Class Rules. 

Please note that Personal and Fleet Dues must be current in order to vote.

North American Championship - Qualifying Ratio
Per the Document Governing All Sanctioned Class Lightning Championships, the Executive Committee has approved a 1:1 quota for the 2022 North American Championship to be held September 14-18 at the Sayville YC in Blue Point, NY. 

Each US and Canadian entry shall qualify for participation in the NAC by registering in their respective District Championship Regatta.

Any questions please contact Class Secretary, Laura Jeffers.

2022 Fleet Dues
With the new year upon us Fleet Dues ($30) are now PAST due for the 2022 year. Fleet Captains should have received an email notice reminder. If you have any questions, would like to request an invoice for return payment via check or to make a credit card payment over the phone please contact the Class Office.  or (727) 942-7969. 

St Pete Sailing

Get your team together for the 2022 Southern Circuit!


See your Lightning Friends or Meet New Ones!

Enjoy some Warmer Temperatures and Sunshine!


There isn't much more to say... 


Many are planning to use these regattas as a tune up for the Worlds coming up in May. As always, there will be good competition on the water. In addition, Nick Turney is BACK with the Mentor Program! Take this opportunity to get faster and start the season off right! For those that are curious, all of our social activities will take place OUTSIDE.


All of the important information is posted in the NOR's and On-Line Registration is LIVE for both events. Be sure to register for the Mentor Program too.


Want to join in but need a boat to sail on? Have a boat but need crew to make it happen? Add your name to the Crew Boards on each regatta page. See links below.


Southern Circuit Notice of Series


The circuit starts in St Petersburg, FL at the St Petersburg Yacht Club with the Winter Championships. Registration and boat set up begins Saturday, March 19th.


St Pete Winter Championships Yachtscoring - Official Website, NOR, Registration, etc.

Racing in St Pete will begin Sunday, March 20th and continue through Tuesday, March 22nd. The Winter Championship will include a Master's Division that will be scored separately. Qualification for the Master's Division is that the skipper must be at least 55 years old and the total combined crew age must total at least 130 as of December 31, 2022.


Wednesday, March 23rd is a travel day. Teams will make their way from St Petersburg to Miami. 


Miami Mid-Winter Championship Regatta Network Event Page - NOR, On Line Registration

With our return to Miami, we are excited to announce a new host club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club. All boats will all be staged out of Regatta Park which is a 1/4 mile from the CGSC. Racing for the Mid-Winter Championship will be Thursday and Friday, March 24-25. 



Mentor Program Registration

Nick Turney of Turney Sailing Services and North Sails is back and ready to help you step up your game. Participants will enjoy pre and post racing debriefs, on the water coaching and one-on-one personal analysis. 


Awards and Special Recognition

Nominations for the Karl Smither Award are now being accepted. This award is presented to an individual who is a Corinthian Sailor, Lightning Enthusiast and Class Mentor. Please submit nominations via email to the Class Office. 


Other awards will be presented including the Dr. Georges Peter Great Grand Master Award (75+) and the Jack Mueller Grand Master Award (65+), George Fisher Sportsmanship Award, Davis Youth Award, Humphrey Newcomer Award, Mid-Fleet Awards at both venues. 


Have any questions? Need some help with something? Contact Laura in the Class Office,

Worlds Logo
2022 World Championships - Carolina YC, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA
  • World Master's Championship - May 12-16, 2022. Registration is limited to the first 80 boats. The NOR is posted and registration is open  Master's Yachtscoring Webpage This regatta is an Open event for Lightning Class Members who turn 55 (skipper) and total combined age of crew 130+ by December 31, 2022.  

  •  A schedule of events has been posted for both the World Master's and World Championships. 

  • The World Championship will take place May 16 - 21, 2022. The  Notice of Race is published and Registration is LIVE Yachtscoring See REGISTRATION Deadlines below - REGISTER ASAP. 

  • The Country Allocation and Deadlines have been amended as of January 27, 2022:

    February 1, 2022 Countries need to inform the Class Office the number of boats they intend to enter and if they would like to request any additional slots.

    February 15, 2022 Re-Allocate any unused slots.

    March 1, 2022 Countries are required to submit a confirmed list of entrants. Confirmation received by official on-line registration. If you have qualified for the Worlds and are planning to attend PLEASE REGISTER ASAP. 

    March 1, 2022 - Re-Allocation of any slots not registered.

    April 1, 2022 - Registration deadline. (Late Fee of $100 begins after this date.)

    May 1, 2022 - Registration closed. 

    Please contact the ILCA Class Office with any questions or confirmations.


    Contact your Country Vice President for more information on individual Country Qualifications. The following Countries have responded: CAN 2 confirmed, 6 more requested (approved); USA 20 confirmed, more requested; ARG 1 confirmed; BRA 2 confirmed; CHI 3 confirmed, 1 more requested (approved); COL 3 confirmed; ECU 3 confirmed; PER 1 confirmed; AUS 1 confirmed; ITA 1; SUI O. The Class is still waiting to hear from our European and AAO Districts.

  • A World Championships Promotional Video has been released. A special thank you to fellow Class Member Bryan Burke for helping to put this together.
  • Interested in being a sponsor for the event? Contact Pierce Barden at:

Harken Blockheads Youth Worlds Logo
2022 Harken Blockheads Youth World Championship
Scheduled for July 5-10, 2022 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin,  USA.  20 Boats representing 7 Countries have confirmed. We are looking forward to seeing sailors from: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Greece, and the USA. 
On-Line Registration is LIVE and NOR Amendment #1 has been posted. All qualified Skippers Need to REGISTER. Yachtscoring - NOR, Registration, etc.
 If you have any questions, please reach out to Debbie Probst at 

Youth Worlds Selection Deadlines

February 1, 2022: Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA class office of the number of boats it intends to enter.

 February 15, 2022: If 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, 2022: 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, 2022:  Completed registration forms must be returned with the entry fee and damage deposit to the ILCA class office

The Class Store Is OPEN!
 Some styles are limited in size or color and will not be available for re-order once sold out. 
Long Sleeve Cotton Tee
3/4 Sleeve Raglan Tee
Bucket Hats

St Pete Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series- David Starck, Tom Starck, Jenna Probst

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 you need help listing your events please contact Laura in the Class Office. 
Includes a Master's Winter Championship and first Part of the Southern Circuit.
Highlight of the Southern Circuit! You can't beat this deal!
2nd leg of the Southern Circuit
10th installment of the now infamous Moonshine Regatta! We've missed our friends during the pandemic and are ready to share competitive racing, beautiful mountain views, and Southern home-style socials with everyone again!
Begin your sailing season with us on Geist Resv. NE of Indianapolis at a great club. This year we will again combine fleets with the Snipes. More boats, more fun to start the year.
New date for 2022 come and tune up before the Worlds
Sailing in the Capital!
World Master's are back in North America and open to skippers 55+ with a total combined team of 130+ by 12/31/22. Wrightsville Beach offers fantastic ocean racing.
World's are back in North America. Wrightsville Beach offers fantastic ocean racing.
1 Day Regatta on Lake Murray at the Colombia Sailing Club
All are invited to Cazenovia, NY
We'll keep it down to only one day again because - you know.
The Sonar Fleet will participate, and maybe Thistles. More fun! Come and join in!
54th Annual Champagne Regatta & Class Boat Get Together on beautiful Keuka Lake
New Date for Hampton Regatta - moved from Nov to July for better weather!
Come early, Lightning Lab scheduled for Friday, make it 3 days of sailing!
Sign up on this page is for planning purposes only. Please be sure to officially register per the NOR.
Tune up right before the NA's!
Come join us for a fun day of sailing and socializing at Bow Lake in Strafford, NH
This is the annual PA Gov. Cup. We're on the Susquehanna River's Lake Clarke a few miles upriver from the Safe Harbor dam.
A new host in Greece, Nautathletic Club of Alexandroupolis!

2022 Publication Schedule 
Flashes Newsletter
March 1 Publication - February 11th deadline - REVISED APRIL 1 - March 18th deadline
June 1 Publication - May 16th deadline
September 1 Publication - Aug 15th deadline
December 1 Publication - November 11th 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) or as needed 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.

International Lightning Class Association
Laura Jeffers, Executive Secretary
(727) 942-7969

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