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Lightning Class Association
Date: 9/1/2022
Subject: Flash Blast: 8 Bells... Will Jeffers, NAs, Governing Board Meeting, Fall Regattas
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - September 1, 2022

Complete the registration process before Midnight (Eastern Time) Tonight (Sept 1st)!
2022 North American Championship
September 14-18, 2022
Sayville Yacht Club - Blue Point, NY

3 days of beautiful fall racing (Friday - Sunday) - 45 Boats are now registered to date! 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.   

Will Jeffers
Eight Bells... William Jeffers

William Prescott Jeffers, aged 57, passed away suddenly while cooking dinner in Tarpon Springs, Florida on August 19, 2022. Born on January 22, 1965, in Red Bank, NJ, to Maureen and William Jeffers, Will was a passionate, thoughtful and creative soul who relished quality time and good food with family and friends. Will’s most-cherished hobby was sailing; it was Lightning sailing that introduced Will to his beloved wife of 24 years, Laura Milne Jeffers. Together they traveled the world competing in regattas, enjoying new places and meeting new friends... Read the full obituary

Will was fortunate to see many of our Lightning Family at the Worlds in May and then again at WJM's in August. It's hard to believe that I have to share this news. Will's involvement in the Lightning Class has spanned decades and goes back to when Arnold Schwartz of Fleet 70 in Red Bank, NJ needed crew and he grabbed the kid next door to go sailing with him. Over time he has made so many friends. We have so many photos of the good times we've had. I appreciate everyone who has been reaching out during this difficult time, thank you for the love and support. Keep on sailing! ~ Laura


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 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 as soon as possible. 
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!

Roman C. Brotz Regatta - Doug Wake, Jason Bemis, Noah Halleman
Squam Lake One Day Regatta -Brian Hayes, Jr., Chris Schon, Kyle Stuart
Canadian Open & Lake Erie District Championships -Jody Starck, Jim Starck, Jamie Starck

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!

Team Jody Starck
Canadian Open and Lake Erie District Champions

Congratulations to Jody Starck, Jim Starck and Jamie Starck on winning the 2022 Canadian Open and Lake Erie District Championships at the Buffalo Canoe Club August 20-21. David Starck with Monica Jones and Jenna Probst took 2nd, and Tanner Probst with Sabrina Starck and Robbie Robinson finished 3rd. Richard Walsh, Daniel Hanson and Monica Walsh took home the award for top Canadian entry.

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. 
Tune up right before the NA's!
Surf City YC - One Day - in conjunction with the club's 74th Annual Regatta and the annual Lightning Manahawkin Bay Cup.
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.
Central NY in the Fall - nothing better!
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.
Drop your boat off after the NAs and sail back to back weekends on Long Island.
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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