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Boat Grant Program

2008 Lightning Boat Grant Skipper – Dan Perkins
Crew - Tripp Cashel, Ben Greenfield

Dan Perkins

Dan Perkins, age 19, born and raised in Niantic, Connecticut.  Dan will be a sophomore at BU studying business finance and is on the BU sailing team. Dan started sailing at age 7 growing up through the NBYC sailing program.  Dan went on to sail nationally in Optis and C420 including US Sailing Youth Championships the past two years.  When not campaigning his C420 you can find Dan getting a ride on a Lightning or Atlantic in NBYC weekend series. Dan has enjoyed his C420 sailing experience so far and is looking forward in starting his next stage of his sailing education in the competitive Lightening Fleet.

Tripp Cashel

Tripp Cashel, age 19, will be a sophomore studying engineering at Boston University and is on the BU sailing team.  He attended high school at Tabor Academy; Tripp was the captain of the '07 Team Racing National Champs. Tripp grew up sailing IODs, Bulls eyes, Optis, and 420s, at Fishers Island, in Long Island Sound.  

Outside of junior sailing, I got my fill sailing on all the boats Chicago has to offer. I sailed on a Santa Cruz 70, J 105 and a Beneteau 40.7. 

I recently graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a degree in Marketing.

Been Greenfield

Ben Greenfield, from Rhode Island, is currently a freshman pre-med student at Boston University and on the BU sailing team. 

Although new to Lightning’s, Ben grew up sailing on Narragansett Bay competing predominantly in 420s. Since leaving Junior sailing, Ben is still an avid regular competitor in the 420 class and also in the 505 and looks to further improve himself through the Lightning Class.

Racing Schedule


24          Niantic Bay Saturday Series


31-2      Niantic Memorial Day Races
7            Niantic Sunday Series
14-15    CT/RI District Championships, Cedar Point Yacht Club


5-6       70th Anniversary Regatta
12         Niantic Sunday Series
19         Niantic Sunday Series
26-27   Atlantic Coast Championships, Rock Hall Yacht Club,


2-3        Brain Hughes NMemorial Regatta, Newburyport Yacht Club,
8-13     North American Championships, New York Yacht Club,
             Rhode Island
17        Niantic Sunday Series
23-24   Squam Lake Annual Regatta, New Hampshire

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