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Lightning Class Association
Date: 4/1/2022
Subject: Flash Blast: Annual Winter Meeting April 2nd, EC Proposed Action, Carson Celebration of Life & More!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - April 1, 2022
(Sorry, NO funny jokes included!)
Welcome New 2022 Class Sponsor!   

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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.

Winter Meeting Reminder - Tomorrow - April 2nd 10:00 AM Eastern
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. Meeting Registration Link:    
At this time, no items are up for vote at 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

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Executive Committee Proposed Action


The Executive Committee would like to act on behalf of the Governing Board per the Lightning Class Constitution, Article XII, Section 1(b). Before moving forward, the EC is asking for input from the Governing Board. A survey has been sent out to all Governing Board Members (Vice Presidents & District Commodores) and is due back by midnight on Sunday, April 3rd. A Zoom Call is scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd at 10:30 AM Eastern Time for questions and comments. If you did not get a link to register for this meeting and would like to attend, please contact the Class Office.


With the World Championship essentially 6 weeks away, prompt action is necessary.


Proposed Action:  Temporarily suspend Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships, Articles Governing All Lightning Class World Championships, Article V. Entries, Section 3.3 The Class Office when filing slots shall not create a situation where one Country has more than 50% of the entered boats (the “50% rule”), for the 2022 Lightning World Championship.

The Executive Committee is expected to make a final decision on the Proposed Action by Monday, April 4, 2022 after review and comment from the Governing Board.

2022 World Championships - Carolina YC, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA
  • Charter Boat Information and other important information posted. Charter Boat Information, Event Documents

  • World Master's Championship - May 12-16, 2022. Registration is limited to 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.  LATE REGISTRATION FEE Begins April 7th!

  •  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:

    If you have qualified for the Worlds and are planning to attend PLEASE REGISTER ASAP. 

    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, 5 more requested (approved); USA 20 confirmed, more requested; ARG 1 confirmed; BRA 2 confirmed; CHI 3 confirmed, 1 more requested (approved); COL 1 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:

Jim Carson
Regatta and Celebration of the Life of James G. Carson
Memorial Day, May 30th

Please join us for a tribute to Jim at the Metedeconk River Yacht Club. 

All friends, family, and sailors who wish to celebrate Jim’s life are invited.
A one race regatta in Lightnings. Lightnings from all clubs are encouraged to attend!

1000 hrs – Skipper’s Meeting
1100 hrs – Memorial Lightning Race
Celebration of Life will follow immediately after the regatta!

Full Details Jim Carson's Celebration of Life

Breeze on at Southern Circuit

Breezy 2022 Southern Circuit!

Wow! Wow! Wow! 

Conditions could not have been better for the 2022 Southern Circuit. Breeze in St Pete and breeze in Miami. Good friends, good times and a successful week!


Congratulations to David Starck, Tom Starck and Jenna Probst for sailing the most consistent to win the overall Circuit by nearly 20 points. 
 A BIG THANK YOU to Nick Turney for heading up the Mentor Program again! He did an amazing job. Another Thank You goes out to Marvin and Meloyde Beckmann for their support of a coach boat for Nick to work out of. 

Our return to Miami went well! The Coconut Grove Sailing Club was VERY welcoming and the RC did a great job getting in 6 races. All boats were staged out of Regatta Park which turned out to be a great venue with lots of space. 


St Pete Winter Championships Yachtscoring - Full Results

Miami Mid-Winter Championship Regatta Network - Full Results

Southern Circuit Full Results


Awards and Special Recognition

Awards presented included the Dr. Georges Peter Great Grand Master Award (75+) to  and the Jack Mueller Grand Master Award (65+) to Augie Diaz, George Fisher Sportsmanship Award to Tom Starck, Davis Youth Award to Sabrina Starck, Humphrey Newcomer Award to Augie Diaz, and Middle of Tampa Bay Award to Team Barden and Middle of Biscayne Bay Award to Team Davis. 


 The Karl Smither Award will be presented at the World Championship in May. This award is presented to an individual who is a Corinthian Sailor, Lightning Enthusiast and Class Mentor.


We are working on finalizing dates for 2023 and 2024! Announcements to be made soon. 

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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

Fleet 126 and the Cedar Point YC invite you to the 2022 WJM's!


The Notice of Race is posted and Registration is OPEN on Yachtscoring - Official Website, NOR, Registration, etc.


Lightnings are headed back to Cedar Point Yacht Club (home to Fleet 126) for the 2022 Women's, Junior's, and Master's North American Championship. The Club has hosted many national events; the last big one for the Lightning Class being the 2013 North American Championship.


We have 4 great days of racing and on-shore activities planned for you! 


Junior sailors cannot turn 21 by 12/31/2022 and Master Skippers must turn 55 years of age by 12/31/2022 and have a total combined age of 130 or more by 12/31/2022. 

CA District Championship - Pete Colantuono and Team
Southern Circuit - David Starck, Tom Starck, Jenna Probst
Midwinter Championship - David Starck, Tom Starck, Jenna Probst
Masters Winter Championship - Jody Starck, Ian Jones, Timmy Crann
Winter Championship  David Starck, Tom Starck, Jenna Probst
Greek National Championship - Antonis Manolakis, Vasilis Papadakis, Sokratis Zeibari 
FL Winter Series - Augie Diaz 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!
If you need help listing your events please contact Laura in the Class Office. 
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!
Great Practice for the Worlds!
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.
The Fern Ridge Reservoir is a big lake with 1.5-mile beats available for racing. Camping is allowed on the grounds. The food is wonderful after racing on Saturday. Come and relax in the shade of the big trees surrounding the clubhouse.

2022 Publication Schedule 
Flashes Newsletter
March 1 Publication - REVISED APRIL 1 - Deadline ASAP!
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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