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Lightning Class Association
Date: 8/17/2022
Subject: Flash Blast: WJMs, NAs, NEW Hats in the Class Store & More!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - August 17, 2022
2022 Women's, Junior and Masters Championship
A BIG Thank you to the Cedar Point YC and Fleet 126 for hosting a great event! 
 Shout outs to Regatta Chair Eric Heller leading the pack of volunteers, the Race Management Team - PRO Chip Till, Dick Thackaberry and the entire CPYC crew, Art Petrosemolo for the great photos, Will Jeffers with the measurement help and Brian Hayes, Sr. for being on site and helping to make the regatta go smoothly.
Congratulations to your new 2022 Champions: 
Women's North American Champions: Jenna Probst, Maya Weber, Tess Weber
Junior North American Champions: Brady Starck, Joseph Solmo, Adam Starck
Masters' North American Champions: Ched Proctor, Meredith Killion, Matt Kreuzcamp 
Masters R5 Start
2022 Masters Champs

2022 North American Championship
September 14-18, 2022
Sayville Yacht Club - Blue Point, NY

3 days of beautiful fall racing (Friday - Sunday) - Please register if you are planning to attend. This regatta serves as qualifier for future events. See below for details. 
2023 Panam Games - Country Qualifying Event
2 Boats/Countries will qualify at the North American Championship. 
Teams must sail in the MIXED Configuration - the 3-person crew must be comprised of 1 Male and 2 Females hailing from the same country. To date ARG and Host Country CHI have qualified for the Santiago 2023 Panam Games which will be held October 25 – November 5, 2023. The Sailing Events will be held in Algarrobo at the Cofradia Nautica del Pacifico. This is approximately 105 km west of Santiago, Chile.

Full 2023 Panam Games Sailing Qualification System

2023 World Championship Qualifier for US Sailors
The 2022 North American Championship will serve as the US Qualifier for the 2023 World Championship that will be held in November 27- December 3, 2023 Venue TBA, Cartagena, Colombia. US skippers will qualify in order of finish. Should this procedure fail to produce the number of qualifiers to which the Area is entitled, unused slots may be assigned by the Executive Committee. The exact number of US slots will be announced according to the Document Governing, but it is anticipated that 18 slots will be available to US Sailors.
US Sailors:
If you are interested in sailing the NAs but missed your District Qualifying event please contact the Class Office for options to qualify. For those sailors that still have your District Championship coming up, use this as a remember to register for your District Championship if you are planning to sail in the North American Championship.   

Canadian Open and Lake Erie District Championships -THIS WEEKEND!
Still time to get a team together!
Aug 20-21, 2022
Buffalo Canoe Club, Ridgeway, Ontario

Great racing ~ Great friends ~ Great NA’s tune-up ~ Great event!


Annual Meeting - August 5, 2022 
Actions Taken: 2022-2023 Slate of Officers was passed. New Business: A working committee to evaluate the number of races per day that Master Participants can sail is being formed. 
Governing Board Meeting - September 7, 2022
A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 7th via Zoom at 12pm/Noon Eastern Time. A meeting notice was emailed to all District Commodores and Vice Presidents. Any questions or to be added to the agenda please contact the Class Office  or President Bill Bogardus

With the meeting be held virtually, it will be a lot easier and more efficient if Vice Presidents and District Commodores could send in a short report updating the group on what is happening in your area. Please submit reports by end of day Wednesday, August 31st. 
Reports can be short and simple, or more detailed. 

New Trucker Hats
New Class Store Inventory:
HATS and Long Sleeve Cotton Tee's 
New Trucker Hats, cotton ball caps, sun block hats and MORE now in stock!
Long Sleeved Cotton Tee's - All sizes, back in stock!

Corn Roast Regatta -Tom Peterson and Team
 Evans Regatta - Steve Harris, Jason Bemis, Erika Carne
SAYRA Open CYC Wrightsville -Scott Harris, Isa Du Plessis, Olivia Sawa
Women's North American Championship -Jenna Probst, Maya Weber, Tess Weber
Junior North American Championship - Brady Starck, Joseph Solmo, Adam Starck 
Masters North American Championship -Ched Proctor, Meredith Killion, Matt Kreuzkamp
PNW District and Western Canadian Championships -Bob and Sterling Bush
Higgins Lake Regatta -Steve Harris, Amy Simonsen, Jeanne Ehrenberg
BCC Youth Invitational - Brady Starck, Adam Starck, Robbie Robinson
Loon Lake Regatta -Richard Walsh, Monica Walsh, Daniel Hansen
Atlantic Coast Championship -Jimmy Barnash, Doug Wake, Lars Osell
LYC Windshift Regatta -Jon Varley, Bucky Buchanan, Sean Dillon
Charleston YC Regatta - Jack Sutton and Team
Kitsilano Invitational & Pacific Coast Championship -Robert Bush, Anne Sterling Bush, Cherri Merritt
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!

Atlantic Coast Champions
Congratulations to Atlantic Coast Champions:
Jimmy Barnash, Doug Wake, Lars Osell
Thank you to Metedeconk River YC for hosting the ACC's July 16-17!   Full Results  
With 42 boats on the line racing was tight. 56% of all participants were UNDER the age of 35. A good indication of Lightning longevity!
The weekend kicked off with a mini Lightning Lab lead by North Sails' Brian Hayes, Sr. and Jody Lutz. We had great breeze both Saturday and Sunday. Art Petrosemolo was out on the water taking some great shots. See his photos here. The Fleet was well fed and entertained with a fun band Saturday night. The hospitality of Fleet 34 and the MRYC is AWESOME! They are hosting the 2023 WJM's start making your plans for next summer!

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. 
Sign up on this page is for planning purposes only. Please be sure to officially register per the NOR.
Open Events - Tune-Up for the NAs and enjoy the BCC!
A unique sailing regatta racing out of Amethyst Harbour around some of the closer islands. Also, this year for the first time, an optional Friday noon sail to Caribou Island for a picnic.
Tune up right before the NA's!
The 2022 NJ State Championship will be held at Surf City YC on Saturday, September 10, in conjunction with the club's 74th Annual Regatta and the annual Lightning Manahawkin Bay Cup. For further information, please visit the the regatta site at:

We are planning a fun 1-day regatta and September sailing on Barnegat Bay is the best.
Come join us for a fun day of sailing and socializing at Bow Lake in Strafford, NH. This is also the New England District WJM Championships - one start/4 races in one. We've changed criteria for the WJMs to try to get more teams. SO check the NOR once posted, put a team together, and try to see how many of the 4 regattas-in-one that you can win!
Come join us for a fun filled weekend. We try to provide a great day of sailing and good food and company after.
Wonderful sailing venue. It's easy to put it in, a short distance out to the race course, competent race committee, & a fun après sailing party.
Last Lightning Regatta of the year in New England. Weather always plays a part in the fun!
Nyack's one day regatta. Come out and celebrate the Fall foliage. Have a blast!
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.
12th Annual - Fantastic Weekend in Charleston! Clinic on Friday, Racing Sat/Sun, SELD Traveling Series
A new host in Greece, Nautathletic Club of Alexandroupolis!
Come and sail at the Pan Am Venue!

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

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