Masthead - New
September 26, 2013
Notes from the Class Office 
FALL Sailing is in FULL SWING!

If you are not sailing this weekend you SHOULD be! There are 5 different Districts that all have regattas this weekend. Hook up the boat, hop in the car and get there! Don't miss out on great sailing and lots of fun! 

60th Hoosier Regatta at Lake Wawasee

Syracuse, Indiana

September 28 - 29

23 Boats have already signed up to come and there are more expected. Come and help the Indiana District celebrate 60 years of the Hoosier Regatta! This is a GREAT family regatta! Bring everyone!

Philadelphia Cup

Philadelphia, New Jersey

September 28

This regatta is great exposure for the Lightning Class! This multi-class event is held in the heart of the Philly waterfront. Great racing and a great party! Mt Gay is a sponsor which means red hats for all! 16 Boats are committed so far. Great opportunity to race just one day! (Saves a weekend day fro yard work or Sunday Football!) 

Presque Isle Bay Regatta

Erie, Pennsylvania

September 28

This newly re-activated fleet has been grown from 2 boats to 15 in just 12 months. Come and support Fleet 24 in their inaugural regatta. Just one day! 

Atlanta Cup

Flowery Branch, Georgia

September 28 - 29

The Southeastern District is in full practice mode gearing up for their big Wild Oyster Regatta in November! Sailors from Augusta, Atlanta and Charleston have committed! Camping available right on site makes for loads of fun on Saturday night!

SMSA Small Boat Invitational

Solomons, Maryland

September 28 - 29

Home to the renowned Screwpile Regatta, join the Dixie District for some great fall sailing.

We need your HELP! 

Spread the word about the BOAT GRANT Program
at ALL EVENTS this fall!
Please print out this Boat Grant Flyer and post it on your official notice board for your events this fall.  Please mention the Boat Grant Program during opening announcements, the regatta party and at the trophy ceremony. Refer to the flyer for talking points or make extra copies to hand out to prospective applicants.  
Encourage everyone to look around their clubs NOW and find someone to apply to the Boat Grant Program.  There are many people who are willing to answer questions about the program--contact any of the Boat Grant Committee and/or the Executive Committee.  
Justin Coplan (NY) - Metropolitan District - Co-Chair
Will Brown (NJ) - Central Atlantic District - Co-Chair
Allan Terhune (MD) - Dixie District
Bill Fastiggi (VT) - New England District 
Bob King (NY) - Central NY District
Bill Faude (IL)- Midwest District
Mike Healy (NY) - Central NY District 
Thank you for your help!


Announcement: Request for Proposals   
NEW Just announced:
2015 US Pan Am Trials: Proposals for the 2015 US Pan Am Trials are now being accepted. Regatta to be held between 9/1/14 and 3/1/15. Click on the following link for full details: US Pan Am Trials RFPProposals are due by 10/30/13. For more information contact VP Special Projects, James Taylor 

We are also accepting proposals for the following regattas: 


2015 Women's, Junior and Masters North American Championships - *note the JR NA's will also count as the US Qualifying Regatta for the 2016 Youth Worlds.


2015 North American Championships 


Proposals for the NA's events are due by 12/30/13. Please contact the VP of North Americans, Josh Goldman for more information. 


LAST CALL for Championship of Champions SAILS!



A letter to all Lightning Sailors from Jan Jernigan:
Columbia Sailing Club is hosting the US Championship of Champions Regatta on October 24-27th. We are working with North Sails to give you sails at a big discount! All Lightning sailors who have committed boats to the 2013 C of C are entitled to a 30% discount. All other Lightning sailors are entitled to a 25% discount. These discounts are very attractive. These sails are brand new for the regatta - Fisher or Proctor cut. You get them immediately following the C of C's with just one regatta use on them. Perfect timing for the Wild Oyster Regatta!

To get more info, please contact:   
Brian Hayes at 203-783-4238  


Please do something good for yourself and good for the class by helping the C of C's and purchasing these new sails!  

Thank you!
Jan Jernigan, 2013 C of C Regatta Chair

Click the link above to see the full listing of recent results. 
  • Bruce Goldsmith Memorial Regatta: Ernest Dieball, Carrie Houtman, Jacqueline Dieball
  • NE District Master's Championship: Art Cunningham, Pat MacQueen, Sandy Cunningham
  • NE District Women's and Junior Championship:  Ali Deyett, Kendall Young, Mary Hardenbergh
  • Ed Hinds Memorial/Bow Lake Regatta:
  • Manahawkin Bay Regatta: Steve Warren, Jenn Mashini, Tuathal MacColgain
  • Massabesic Regatta: Ted Hardenbergh, Mary Hardenbergh, Tommy Hardenbergh
  • PRSA President's Cup: Aaron Boesenecker and Team
Want to sail more this Fall? Start making plans NOW! 


Last Blast Regatta

Nyack, New York

October 5

Fleet 301 Leaf Peeper

Colchester, Vermont

October 12 - 13

PA Gov Cup

Wrightsville, Pennsylvania

October 12 - 13

Cowan Lake Fall IN

Wilmington, Ohio

October 12 - 13

Fall Blowout @ North Cape YC

LaSalle, Michigan

October 12

62nd Frigid Digit

Annapolis, Maryland

October 19 - 20

South American Championship

Antofagasta, Chile

October 30 - 3


Bluenose Regatta

Nashville, Tennessee

November 1 - 3

Jubilee Regatta

Pensacola, Florida

November 8 - 10

Wild Oyster Regatta

Charleston, South Carolina

November 9 - 10

Hampton Fall Fling

Hampton, Virginia

November 16 - 17

What's NEW in the Class Store?
New hats - trucker style, thick stitch or visors, Cotton T-shirts with Adult and Youth sizes!  Also BPA Free Water Bottles from the NA's! 
Quick Links...
Lightning Store - Hats, belts and DVD's all in stock! 
Lightning Regatta Calendar - Upcoming Events
Flash Blasts will be distributed on the 1st and 15th of each month. It is a short email that will have the latest news about the Lightning Class. This mode of communication will aid in the information transfer between the Class and its sailors. The ILCA website is certainly the first place to go to find up to date information on the Class ( These bi-monthly emails will highlight some of the information posted on the website. For those that do not check out the ILCA website daily, you will still be up to date on important information. 

In conjunction with these Blasts, a Full Flashes Newsletter will be produced (in print - for those that choose that option with an additional fee) 3 times per year (2nd, 3rd and 4th Quarter each year). In the 1st quarter, the ILCA Yearbook will be distributed. With the amount of information posted on the ILCA Website, Facebook and Twitter pages, the Class is streamlining our publications to keep these communication pieces up to date. This schedule will allow members to receive a full publication from the ILCA every 3 months. 
Please contact the Class Office if you or your company is interested in advertising in any of our publications.
Contact Information
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