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2011 News Archive


  • The "Jobson Report" in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Sailing World is on "Connecting the Generations", David Starck and family front and center along with kind words about our class. Jim Carson and the Fisher brothers Matt and Greg are mentioned as well.

  • November 2011, LCA Fund project, International Fleet Development Initiative sponsored another container to Chile.  This is the 6th container to arrive in Chile over the past few years.

  • 2011 US Sailing One-Design Sailing Symposium, November 12 & 13, Bay Head Yacht Club, Bay Head, New Jersey. The Lightning Class was well represented, Greg Fisher, Rob Ruhlman, Nick Turney, David Sprague, Darryl Waskow, Justin Coplan and Laura Jeffers were all presenters or panelists. North Cape Yacht Club, host to the 2011 North American Championships was named US Sailing's One-Design Yacht Club of the Year! Congratulations to Laurie Dieball, her amazing team of volunteers and the rest of Fleet 42!

  • The Lightning Class presented a certificate of appreciation to John Parker on Friday, September 9th, 2011 during the Ocean City Yacht Club Sailing awards banquet. John has been sailing in the Lightning class for the over 40 years beginning with Fleet #99 and then on to Fleet #430 in 1971 with Past Commodore Dr. George P. Glenn, Dr. Gordon Buzby. Dr. Robinson and Past Commodore William Lindsay. He has also been a strong supporter of our Junior Sailing program giving lessons on his boat as well as to interested adults on Tuesday evenings. During the lean years when our Lightning  membership dwindled at OCYC,  John would pay the Lightning Fleet #430 dues out of his own pocket to keep our fleet charter active. He along with his cousin Gidge Glenn have been the heart and the soul of the Lightning class at Ocean City Yacht Club. For this reason we acknowledge his efforts for promoting sailing and the ILCA in both South Jersey and the Central Atlantic District.

  • 2014 Youth World and 2015 World Championships - The Executive Committee met and accepted the Buffalo Canoe Club's bids to host these events.

  • Congratulation's to Debbie Probst from Fleet 12 on being elected as the 5th Executive Committee Member. Debbie will continue to serve with Elected Executive Committee Members: President, Rob Ruhlman; Chief Measurer, Bill Clausen; Secretary, John Faus and Treasurer, Victor Lobos.

  • It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sylvan "Doc" Newman Texas District, founding member of Fleet 435. Read his full obituary

  • Countries currently qualified for the 2011 Pan American Games:  Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, United States. Sailing starts October 17 and continues through the October 23.

  • It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Henry Ernest Dean, Central Atlantic District.

  • It is with extreme sadness that we inform you that Steve & Dorothy Constants’ younger daughter Olivia drowned yesterday afternoon. She was crewing on a 420 as part of the Severn Sailing Association Junior Sailing School. The boat capsized, she was caught in the rigging and was unable to escape. It took several minutes for the SSA Instructor to free her from the rigging, and CPR was started as soon as she was brought into the instructor’s boat. The Constants Family is an integral part of the Dixie District, Fleet 329, Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis, Maryland. Please keep the family, the members of the SSA Junior Sailing program, and the Dixie District in your thoughts and prayers. Information on arrangements will be forthcoming.  On Line Obituary and Condolences

  • It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Joseph C. Mark, Metropolitan District, Fleet 16.

  • 2012 Southern Circuit Dates announced: March 10-18, 2012; Deep South, Savannah YC March 10-11, Midwinter Championships, Coral Reef YC March 12-14, Winter Championship, St Petersburg Yacht Club March 15-18.

  • 2012 North American Championships awarded to Houston Yacht Club, Texas District August 2012!

  • 2011 Lightning Labs

  • Winter Meeting Vote - All of the proposed Class rule changes were approved during the Winter Meetings. The changes take effect April 4, 2011.

  • Executive Committee Ruling regarding qualification ratio for North American Championship is 1:4.

  • 2011 Boat Grant Recipients announced.

  • The ILCA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the 2012 ILCA Youth World Championship will be held July 23-27, 2012, Tuusulanjärven Purjehtijat, JÄRVENPÄÄ, FINLAND.

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