North American Championship

09/21/2017 to 09/24/2017
Hosted by: Carolina Yacht Club – Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina United States
  Southeastern District – Fleet 511
Contact: John Sawyer
Host Website
Documents: Notice of Race Entry Form

Who's Registered       Lodging Information

NEW 8/11/17: As of August 11th, spaces are still available as Wait List participants could not fill all of the available spots. Many of these sailors are still interested, but can not commit at this time. Any remaining spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Please officially register to reserve your spot! Please note that skippers still must have satisified the qulaification requirement through their District Championship. 


Update 7/20/17: Amended NOR posted. Contact the Class Office if you want to register. Not everyone that originally signed up for the Wait List can commit at this time. 


Update 7/11/17:  North American Championship registration opened on June 15th and was sold out within 8 hours. A Wait List was started and has grown to 24 boats. We are excited with the level of participation. Lightning sailing is alive and well!

The NAC Organizing Committee has found a way to accommodate 20 more boats at this years event. The Executive Committee has rules to open entried to 90 boats. These additional spaces will be awarded based upon the Wait List.  

With input from the Organizing Committee and VP of NA's the Executive Committee has decided with a larger fleet to amend the NOR and divide the fleet into equal flights for a Preliminary Series and then Final Series. Flights would split the 90 boats into two fleets/starts. 8 races are still planned over the three days of racing. Preliminary Series results will carry over into Final Series scoring. We are working on the NOR Amendment. Full details will be published as soon as possible. 

Wait List participants will be notified by the Class Office. If you would like to be added to the Wait List please contact the Class Office immediately. 


June 15, 2017: Available slots have been filled. A waiting list is being maintained in the Class Office. 727-942-7969 or


June 13, 2017 Reminder: The Executive Committee has set the qualifying ration at 1:1 which means that you must enter (and it is highly encouraged that you sail) your district championship to be eligible to sail in the North Americans.  Currently the NA's is limited to the first 70 boats* to register due logistical limitations at the Carolina Yacht Club.

You can register on June 15 even if you have not yet sailed your districts, however you must enter your districts for your NA's registration to be valid.
The reason for this early registration is to give the organizers at Carolina Yacht Club time to plan.  If registration reaches 70 boats very early there is a chance that CYC can get creative and find a way to accommodate more boats, but this will not be possible if they have to wait until September to find out the number of boats.  Be sure to register early if you want to have a spot guaranteed at the NA's. 
A Temporary Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships was passed in August 2016 allowing for all competitors to sail in one fleet with no qualifying races. This will be an 8 race series. Full Details

Another Temporary Amendment to the Document Governing All Sanctioned Lightning Class Championships was passed in March 2017 limitting entry to 70 boats due to space and safety concerns on and off the water at the Carolina YC. Full Details