After the North Americans, we decided with the Pan Am Trials and Worlds up coming, that we wanted a newer boat for ourselves. With the help of Tom Allen, he hooked us up with a great used boat that we have now #14924. We spent a lot of time on this boat before the Pan Am Trials and we really think it helped us a lot.
Before the Trials we sailed in Surf City at the Manahawkin Bay Cup. Jack Elfman and crew set up one of the best all around one day regattas I have ever been to. The sailing venue was awesome, there was great breeze and the hospitality was super. Surf City gave us great food and racing and it was a great time. There were so many people there enjoying one of the last regattas of the year and it was a blast.
The Pan Am Trials was one of the most educational regattas I have ever sailed. I have never sailed in a 13-boat fleet that was so good before. Everyone was so fast and so good that if you made one mistake, you were out of it. Metedeconk and Jim Carson’s team put on a great show, and it was a regatta that the Lightning Class should be proud of.
Looking back on this past year, we really enjoyed the lightning and the benefit of being able to get off "the home lake.” It was so great to meet all the new people and to go to all the new venues that I have never been to before. I learned more this year sailing than I have in a long time. The Lightning class has something really special going on at every regatta and I would encourage everyone to make it a point to get to as many regattas as possible, and it keep up the tradition of making new people feel as welcome as I felt when we started off. I was amazed by how all of the talented people are so willing to share what they know and to help make the class better. This is what really makes the class keep going on strong and will keep it that way for many generations.