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  • 2018 Lightning Youth World Championship NOR is posted!
    Calling all Youth Lightning Teams: Contact your Country VP to find out about your Country Qualifiers!

    Selection Deadlines:
    February 15, 2018: Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA Class Office of the number of boats it intends to enter.
    March 15, 2018: If a Lightning National Class Association or National Authority can not fill its two boat quota, those available slots will be reallocated to interested countries.
    April 1, 2018: Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA Class Office of the competitors that will represent their country.
    May 1, 2018:  Completed registration forms must be returned with the entry fee and damage deposit to the ILCA Class Office.
  • The 2018 Southern Circuit is nearly two months out!

    Join us March 23-30 for the Winter and Mid-Winter Championships!

    60th Annual Midwinter Championship, Miami - March 27-30, 2018

    The Circuit takes place the week right before the Easter Holiday. Many schools have this week off. This is great because many families can sail the circuit! But this also means many other families will be visiting Florida around the same time. MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS Now! The good places will sell out! Hotel Block Information for St Pete is posted in the ILCA Event Calendar. 

    The Mentor Program is BACK and is going to be the BEST YET! Nick Turney from Turney Sailing Services has volunteered his time to bring you this program and we have NEW features lined up for 2018. Click on the links above for more information. 

    Many trophies and honors will be awarded! Master Winter Championship in St Pete. Mid Fleet Awards at both regattas. Overall Circuit Corinthian "Jack Mueller Grand Master Trophy" and "Dr Georges Peter Great Grand Master Trophy", top new comer. Don Bliss Trophy awarded to the top Corinthian in Miami. Davis Youth Award in St Pete. 

    The Southern Circuit Committee is Lining Up Sponsors for the 2018 Circuit

    Gold Sponsors: $500+
    Logo on Commemorative Drinkware
    2 Free Flash Blast Ad Placements
    Listing in Southern Circuit Promotion and Regatta Reports
    Logo Placement on ILCA Website under Supporters for 6 months. 

    Silver Sponsors: $250+
    1 Free Flash Blast Ad Placements
    Listing in Southern Circuit Promotion and Regatta Reports

    Friend of the Southern Circuit: $100+
    Listing in Southern Circuit Promotion and Regatta Reports

    Please contact SC Co-Chair,  Bill Mauk  305-741-6285   or  or Laura in the Class Office if you are interested in supporting these events. (727) 942-7969 or
  • 2019 Pan Am Games -  US Trials

    The ILCA is seeking a host club willing to host a regatta to determine the US representative to the PAG in Peru 2019.  We would like to choose a site with a likelihood of strong wind as the sailing site in Peru has historically been windy.  The target date is early fall of 2018 although a southern location could host somewhat later.  Requirements include a National Level Race Officer, 3 days of scheduled racing (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), a full World or US Sailing Certified Jury.  Technical details are available upon request.  This will be an open regatta, but this is a serious event to determine the best US team and all competitors must meet the requirements to compete in the PAG.  Mixed team, minimum age 15, drug free, valid passports…. We expect around 20 boats to compete.  As of this writing the Buffalo Canoe Club and Sail Sheboygan have expressed interest in hosting.  If you have any questions or wish to submit a bid, please contact . This is time sensitive so please get in touch soon if your club is interested.

  • Hadley Forster Greene

    Hadley, 30, of New York, New York, passed away at home on Monday, January 22, 2018, after a sudden illness.

    Hadley was a passionate, accomplished young woman who was doing what she loved. She loved sailboat racing and traveling the world. She was a loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. A Memorial Service at Congregation Beth Ha-Tephila in Asheville, North Carolina, with Rabbi Batsheva H. Meiri officiating is being planned.  

    Hadley is survived by her parents, Jamie and Fritzie Greene of Beaufort, NC; twin brother, Mike Greene and his partner, Sam McHaney of Seattle, WA; maternal grandmother, Libby Forster of Beaufort, North Carolina; uncle, Lenny (Lainie) Greene; aunt, Patti (Keith) Taboada; aunt, Sandy Grotheer (Ron Grotheer); as well as several cousins and numerous friends.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rocking The Boat: online at
    Or by mail: Rocking the Boat, 812 Edgewater Road, Bronx, NY 10474
    Condolences and life tributes may be sent to the family at
    Arrangements by Noe Funeral Service, Inc. of Beaufort, NC.
  • Carolina Yacht Club - 2017 NAC Host awarded US Sailing St Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy

    Carolina YC - 2018 St Petersburg Trophy Award Winners
    On February, 2, 2018, US Sailing presented Carolina Yacht Club representatives (LF-RT) Anne Allen, Becky Sawyer, Kevin Smith, Mrs. Powell, Sterling Powell and John Sawyer the St Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for excellence in Race Management for the 2017 Lightning North American Championship. This honor is chosen on a basis of participating skipper evaluations. You can view the video of the Trophy Presentation on the ILCA Facebook page.  Trophy Presentation Video

    • Team Scoring!
      • Teams participating in the mentor program will be paired up with a mentor. The two will be scored as one team, against all the other participants and their mentors. Fleet 226 has donated trophies for the top 3 teams of 2 in the program!
    • Mentor program!
      • As was previously mentioned, Nick Turney of Turney Sailing Services will be back with the mentor program! New and aspiring Lightning sailors will be paired with masters of the fleet to get everyone up to speed.
      • This will include daily briefings for ALL SAILORS (even those not in the program) and debriefs after racing!
      • Nick will be on the water to provide insight and go-fast tips while sailing!
      • Flash drives will be provided so participants can review on-the-water videos and photos of their sailing!
      • You can be a part of this, for the entire circuit, for only $25!

      The Circuit takes place the week right before the Easter Holiday. Many schools have this week off. This is great because many families can sail the circuit! But this also means many other families will be visiting Florida around the same time. MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS Now! The good places will sell out! Hotel Block Information for St Pete is posted in the ILCA Event Calendar. 

      Many trophies and honors will be awarded! Master Winter Championship in St Pete. Mid Fleet Awards at both regattas. Overall Circuit Corinthian "Jack Mueller Grand Master Trophy" and "Dr Georges Peter Great Grand Master Trophy", top new comer. Don Bliss Trophy awarded to the top Corinthian in Miami. Davis Youth Award in St Pete. 

      Karl Smither Trophy: 
      Presented by the St Petersburg Yacht Club this trophy recognizes the contributions of a Corinthian sailor, class mentor, and Lightning enthusiast. Please submit nominations to the Class Office.

  • Buffalo Canoe Club to Host US Pan Am Trials

    The trials for the US Pan Am Team will be held at the Buffalo Canoe Club September 7-9, 2018  Only mixed US teams meeting the eligibility requirements for the PAGs may enter.  More information will be available when the NOR is published.

    The 2019 Pan American Games will be held in Lima, Peru.

    2019 Lima

  • Winter Meeting Announcement

    The next meeting of the International Lightning Class Association Governing Board (District Commodores, Vice Presidents and Executive Committee Members) will be held Friday, March 23, 2018, at 1200 at the St Petersburg Yacht Club, St Petersburg, Florida. Lunch will be served. Please be sure to complete the proxy ballot before March 12th so we can plan accordingly. The two items will be up for vote. Approval of Governing Board March 2017 Meeting Minutes and the minutes of the November Meeting. Proxy Ballots have been distributed according to Class Rules. Governing Board Members please return your ballots by Monday, March 12th. If you are a Governing Board Member (Executive Officers and District Commodores) and you have not received a ballot, please contact the Class Office. All written reports need to be submitted by March 12 to be included in the Meeting Materials.

    The Annual Winter meeting will be held Friday, March 23, 2018, at 1800 at the St Petersburg Yacht Club, St Petersburg, Florida. The one item will be up for vote. Approval of minutes of the August Meeting. Proxy Ballots have been distributed to all Fleet Captains. Please return your ballots by Monday, March 12. If you are a Fleet Captain and you have not received a ballot, please contact the Class Office. Any written reports need to be submitted by March 12th to be included in the Meeting Materials. As a reminder, all ILCA memberships (Personal Membership and/or Fleet Dues) must be current in order for votes to be counted.
  • Wendell Harter

    Wendell was a long-time resident of Manhattan Beach, California, passed away peacefully at his home on January 15, 2018. He died from heart failure at the age of 97 years.

    A retired Aeronautical Engineer, he was employed at Northrop Corporation in the Aircraft Division for over forty years. For recreation, Wendell enjoyed camping, hiking, ballroom dancing, travel, and sailboat racing. During his 40 years of racing his Lightning class sailboat, the Paddlin Madelyn, he won over 300 trophies, including the Pacific Coast Championships, and the North American Championships' Presidents Cup. Over the years, his wife, Madelyn, children, and one of his nephews and grandchildren were often his crew. The celebration of his life will be held on February 24, at the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach. Service is at 11:30am. The Class Office received a nice note from longtime friend Guy Hatlie. Full Obituary

    " I met Wendell back in the 70's and we've been friends for years, decades. His accomplishments on the water are too numerous to mention... In addition to his sailing prowess he was clearly a great man in every aspect of his life." Hatlie also added that although he had sailed a variety of boats since childhood, Wendell convinced him that "the Lightning was the way to go if he ever purchased another boat." He was sure right and Hatlie still enjoys sailing #15021 on Lake Sallie in Minnesota. It is the "Best boat on the Lake and envied by many."
  • Bids for 2021 North American Championship

    With plans underway for the 2019 International Master & World Championships in Espoo, Finland June 8-17, 2019, it is not too early to be thinking about the 2021 Lightning International Master & World Championships in North America!

    The most recent IM&WC this past November in Salinas, Ecuador, attracted entrants from eleven different countries and the Salinas Yacht Club lived up to its reputation from the 1975 and 1999 World Championships. The 2015 IM&WC at the Buffalo Canoe Club set the North American bar pretty high, but knowing this Class as I do, I am sure there is a club in North America with the fleet and district support necessary to meet the challenge and put on a first class International Master and World Championship events! So, put your best team together and construct a bid for this prestigious international event!

    Bids for the 2021 International Master and World Championships will be accepted by the Class Office up until 12/31/2018. A Bid Review Committee of 5 members, none of which will be affiliated with the Clubs bidding, will review the proposals and ask for any necessary clarification between January 1, 2019 and February 15, 2019. The Bid Review Committee will make a final presentation to the ILCA Executive Committee with recommendations no later than March 1, 2019. The Executive Committee will formally award the Championship by March 15, 2019. I hope to see many of you in two weeks during the Southern Circuit!

    Rob Ruhlman ILCA VP Worlds
  • The Lightning Class Would Like to Hep Your Fleet Run a Lightning Lab

    A Lightning Lab is typically a one to two day sailing clinic aimed to improve skills for Lightning sailors of all abilities. It is run by a coach with extensive experience in a Lightning. Boat handling drills, starting practice, tuning and sail trim are common themes.

    It can be combined with on the water critique during racing like the very successful mentor program at the Lightning Southern Circuit. Video tape analysis of the day’s practice may also be used. Videos of a previous Lab in Salinas, and previous debriefings by top sailors at Lightning regattas can be found on the ILCA website under the Racing Tab - Articles/Videos - YouTube Videos.


    Most sailors find that they can learn more in a two day lab than a whole season of racing. With the help of a coach and video, there is a chance to step back and get an unbiased evaluation of your sailing. No matter what your skill level, there is always something to learn. A lab is also a real fleet-building activity.

    Lightning Labs are supported by the ILCA Fund. These funds can be used to help pay for travel expenses and coaching fees for a coach. The Class will also help promote your Lab within the Class. Your fleet would then run the event.


    For more information on hosting a Lightning Lab please contact:
    Joan or Gary Hurban at
    410-923-2497 or cell 845-558-7558
    Coaches should be lined up early, before they make other plans for the dates that you may want to host a Lab. The Class will also have more time to advertise your lab. Inquire about a lab today!

  • View archived Live Streams from the week and daily reports on the  ILCA Facebook Page
    Check out the scores:

    St Pete
     61st Annual Winter Championship 

    St Pete Master's - Master Winter Championship

    Miami - 60th Midwinter Championship

    Southern Circuit Overall

    Southern Circuit Fundraiser!
    Thank you to all who participated!
    Mark Allen - WON the NORTH SAILS Jib!
    Chris Princing - WON the personalized Lightning Hats
    Will Sloger - WON the 80th Anniversary Regatta Tech Tee

    George V. Fisher Sportsmanship Award

    Congratulations to John Sawyer for being awarded the 2018 George V. Fisher Sportsmanship Award. His actions on and off the water are exemplary.

    Karl Smither Award

    Recognizing the contributions of a Corinthian sailor, Class Mentor and Lightning Enthusiast, both Mark and Cindi Schneider were presented Karl Smither Award for their outstanding support of the Class on the local, National and World levels.

    Sailors - be sure to tag any Southern Circuit photos with #ILCASC18

    DRONE footage from Miami - Check out daily recaps from Miami on the ILCA YouTube Channel which includes drone footage from the racecourse!

    Check out on the water photos from St Pete by Angie Hayden on Facebook: 450+ Photos from March 25th in St Pete

    Photo Montage from Phil Pape.

    Interested in purchasing a photo of Phil's? Check out his website:

    Photos from on land in both St Pete and Miami: Fun on Land Photos

    Thank You to Our Southern Circuit Sponsprs


    Mark your calendars for next year*:
    Miami - Sunday, March 17-Tuesday, March 19.
    Travel day Wednesday
    St Pete - Thursday, March 21 - Saturday, March 23rd.
    *Proposed dates

  • The US Sailing Chubb Junior Championships - three person Smythe Trophy will be held in Lightnings, August 6-10 at North Cape YC, Michigan. This event will be held immediately following the Lightning Junior North American Championship at Pontiac YC - about an hour away from North Cape.

    The Chubb Junior Championship is a ladder event with area qualifiers. Please click on the link below to learn more about the qualifiers in your area. 
    US Sailing Chubb Junior Championships

    *Sailors must have reached their 13th birthday, and cannot have reached their 19th birthday in the calendar year to be eligible to participate.

  • Franz K. Schneider Jr.

    Franz K. Schneider, Jr. PE, known to many as "Sonny," passed away on March 31, 2018 shortly after a massive stroke, at the age of 85. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he currently resided in Lumberton and Beach Haven, New Jersey, after living most of his life in Moorestown New Jersey.

    Franz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, a Mechanical Engineer in 1955. At Penn, he rowed crew, and was a Beta Theta Pi. His family, family business (Albion), and sailing were a huge part of his life. Franz ran Albion Engineering Company from 1963-1998, taking it over from his father, and passing it forward to his son Mark. While he ran the company, it exclusively manufactured in the US.

    He raced Lightning class sailboats (3333, 5079, 8379, 15079) with his family for decades. First he sailed at Spray Beach Yacht Club, and Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club. Subsequently, he started a fleet in Annapolis, and grew the fleets at Red Dragon, and Lake Wallempaupack, before returning to LEHYC in the mid 90s. Franz remained an active contributing member and leader of the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown, multiple sailing organizations, US based manufacturing organizations, and the Rotary.

    He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Sheila H. Schneider, son Mark C. Schneider (Lucinda), daughters Cathy Schneider, Susan Schneider-Levin (Brent), Caroline Hoedemaker (Robert), along with seven grandchildren. A Celebration of Franz's life will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at 11:00, at the First Presbyterian Church in Moorestown, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Franz can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Moorestown. Tribute Page
  • Lightning Sailing Season in Finland

    April 28-29 begins Lightning sailing season in Finland. Our local Finnish Lightning Association organizes the first sailing clinic of the spring on Lake Tuusula. The clinic includes versatile practices coached by Kimmo Aromaa, Esko Aalto and Sakari Pesola. The practices are planned so that everyone can attend and all participants will advance on their own level.

    A week later (May 5-6) is the traditional On the Rocks race organized by Tuusulanjärven Purjehtijat (TP). This year On the Rocks race is not only the season's first ranking race but also the first qualification race in Finland to the Lightning World Championships 2019!

    As a highlight in June 9-10, the third ranking race in Espoo will offer some perspective of the upcoming World Championships in 2019 as the racing area will be same in both competitions. We want to welcome all Lightning teams to attend and meet the Finnish crews.

    Contact us for more information and accommodations!

  • Lightning Sailing has Been Launched in St Maarten!

    The country will make its sailing debut in the Central American and Caribbean Games this summer. Read the full article from The Daily Harold, the leading newspaper for St Maarten and the Northeastern Caribbean.
  • The International Lightning Class Association is Pleased to Announce the 2018 recipients of the Lightning Boat Grant Program!


    The International Lightning Class Association’s Boat Grant program begins its 12th season by announcing the 2018 grant recipients: The Class is very excited to expand the program for 2018 and welcome three recipients.

    Carter Cameron and his team of Elizabeth Pemberton (21) and William Hundahl (21) are from Charleston, South Carolina, and will be sailing with the Charleston Fleet in the Southeastern District.  Carter noted, "I’m very excited to be a part of the Boat Grant Program this year. My team and I are looking forward to an amazing summer sailing in Charleston. We hope to be a competitive team, but we know we’ll have fun in the Lightning class."Carter and his teammates currently sail for the College of Charleston Sailing Team and helped to win the 2017 College Nationals. Their mentor will be veteran Lightning sailor Patrick Hogan. 

    Erik Elliott and his crew of Cabell Sitter and Abbey Pomeroy will be based out of Wisconsin and the Midwest District.  Both Erik and Cabell are recent college graduates from the University of Wisconsin, where they were active members of the UW Sailing Team.  Abbey is a longtime Lighting sailor from the Midwest who will bring a wealth of Lightning knowledge to the team.  Their mentors will be veteran Lightning Sailors, Todd Wake, Bill Faude, Whitney Kent and Craig Pomeroy.

    Ryan Davidson and his team of Stefan Kuehn and bowman/woman will also be based out of Charleston, SC and will sail with the Charleston Fleet.  Ryan noted, "Thanks to the Boat Grant Committee for allowing us the opportunity to experience the Lightning Class. My Team and I are very excited for the upcoming season and cannot wait to start sailing."  Both Ryan and Stefan are 2016 graduates of the College of Charleston. Ryan was the PRO at the 2017 College Nationals while Stefan was team captain 2015-2016. Their mentor will be veteran Lightning sailor Greg Fisher. 

    We welcome Carter, Erik, Ryan and their teams to the Lightning Class! We are excited to have them sailing with us!

    About the Lightning Boat Grant Program

    In 2007 ILCA Class members Bill Fastiggi and Allan Terhune brought an out of the box concept to conception. They were awarded the 2007 US Sailing Leadership Award for their efforts in launching what would become a benchmark program across the sailing community. The Program gives selected young sailors an opportunity to experience Lightning racing at its best.

    In the North America, the ILCA provides a competitive boat, insurance and substantial regatta expense reimbursement. The grant applications are reviewed and critiqued to listed selection criteria. The Class typically grants two boats each season but has granted up to five in one season.

    Each applicant is expected to sail in a predetermined number of races, maintain the boat and equipment and exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship. The grant is for use of the boat and equipment for one season. At the end of the season the boat may be available for purchase, depending on the situation. Each recipient is assigned a "mentor" for the season. By providing opportunities for young adult sailors to experience the Lightning we are helping to ensure the ILCA will be strong for many more years to come.

    In 2016 we were pleased to grow this program to include South America.

    This program is funded by the ILCA Fund and annual donations from members. 

    More Information About the Program

    Informational Flyer to post at your club
  • 2019 World Championship - Revised Dates

    As we are trying our best to have good participation from traveling countries, the Organizing and Executive Committees have moved the Championships up by two weeks. The final dates are noted below:

    June, 2019

    8 -    Registration and measurements for the Masters and Europeans
    9 -    Registration and measurements and Test Race, Opening Ceremony for Masters and Europeans
    10 -  Races
    11 -  Races
    12 -  Races, registration and measurements for the Worlds , Masters/Europeans Prize Giving, Opening for Worlds
    13 -  Registrations and measurements for the Worlds, Test Race
    14 -  Races
    15 -  Races
    16 -  Races
    17 -  Races and Closing Ceremonies

    The races will be held in Espoo
    at :
    Espoo is the second biggest city in Finland
    located next to the capital, Helsinki
  • Meeting Notices

    A Governing Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, July 26, at 0800 at the Mission Bay Yacht Club.

    One item is up for vote. The approval of the minutes from the last meeting. Governing Board Winter Meeting - March 23, 2018

    All Governing Board Members (Executive Committee, Vice Presidents and District Commodores), have been emailed a Proxy Ballot.  We ask for ballots to be returned by Monday, July 23. If you are a Governing Board Member and have not received the Proxy Ballot Email please contact the Class Office as soon as possible. 

    If you would like to be added to the agenda or if you have something to share during the meeting, please send a request or short written report to Class Secretary Jeffers by Monday, July 16 to or contact Class President Todd Wake at

    Please note that Governing Board Members must be Current ILCA Members in good standing in order to vote. Please be sure your membership is up to date.

    The Annual Meeting of Members will take place on Friday, July 27, at 0800 at the Mission Bay Yacht Club. 

    Three items are up for vote. PLEASE review these items and let your Fleet Captains know if you have any comments.  
    The first is the approval of the Annual Winter Meeting Minutes

    The second is the 2018-2019 Proposed Slate of Officers

    The third is a Proposed By-Laws Amendment  that pertains to VHF Radios. 

    Per the Constitution, proxy ballots have been emailed to Fleet Captains. We ask that these ballots be returned by Monday, July 23. If you are a Fleet Captain and did not receive a ballot please contact the Class Office as soon as possible. 

    If you would like to be added to the agenda or if you have something to share during the meeting, please send a request or short written report to Class Secretary Jeffers by Monday, July 16, to or contact Class President Todd Wake at

    Please note that Personal and Fleet dues must be current in order to vote.
  • 2018 South American and Caribbean Games

    Please find attached the report where CASCO states that LIGHTNING did not meet the requirement to be held.

    Apparently, there were only three countries registered: SXM (Saint Marteen), MEX and COL not enough to meet the 5 boat minimum amongst the Central American and Caribbean Countries.  

    Central American and Caribbean Games_participation quotabr>
    This effort did not go without some positive results. 

    We have new Lightning Members from Saint Marteen who imported a boat and are excited about growing Lighting sailing there. Garth Steyn has a youth program called Kidz at Sea and they teach the kids to sail and build boats. They like the Lightning because it is easier to store and more fun to sail. It also provides a nice platform for beginning sailing up to more advanced racing. They hope to participate in regattas in the states in the future. 

    We have also seen an rejuvenated interest in the Lightning from Mexican sailors.
  • Team Hayden Wins the 2018 Lightning Youth World Championship

    2018 Lightning Youth World Championship
    July 3-7, 2018 - NAOV - Voula, Greece

    Posted Notices:


    The final day of racing for the for the coveted “Copa Hermanos Navarro” trophy for the International Lightning Class’ youth world champion began on time, with the fleet eager to get the two scheduled races off to finish the series and crown a winner in this championship’s 40th anniversary.

    The first ILCA Youth World Championship took place in 1978 at the Yacht Club Peruano in Peru. Now, teams have competed for three days on the Bay of Voula in Piraeus, Greece, to contest the trophy once again.

    The first of the day’s races began with 4-6 knots of breeze and sunny skies. After coming into the day in 5th place, the team of Jeff Hayden, Brian Hayes Jr, and Meredith Ryan won race one by using speed to work their way up the left side of the course. Max Balanevsky of Canada could not quite catch the race winners, but both teams surely walked away happy with top finishes. Top American boat Tanner Probst was OCS in this race, and after crossing the line in second, learned that himself and two other teams had been over and not restarted.

    Heading into the last race, team Hackerott of Brazil had a 1 point gap over the second place team, Hayden, of the USA. Off the line, Hayden looked strong, and found the early lead at the top of the course. Hackerott was near the back of the pack, and all other contenders were not in the top 5 at the time. Team Gen 5 increased this lead as the race came to a close, and after the points were tallied, Hayden, Hayes Jr, and Ryan were crowned ILCA Youth World Champions!

    This team has assuredly spent hours practicing, honing their Lightning skills, and preparing mentally to claim their eventual victory. For Hayden and Hayes Jr, this was their first ILCA Youth Worlds, with Ryan having competed in Salinas, Ecuador in 2016. Hackerott of Brazil in third, Probst of the USA in fourth, and Athanasopoulous of Greece in fifth.

    The next ILCA Youth World Championship will take place in North America in 2020.

    Link to results: Results

    Link to ILCA website: ILCA Website



    Day 2 of the 2018 Lightning Youth World Championship began in postponement with a first warning signal at 1:45 local time. Teams completed 2, and at the end of today’s racing, teams Asanathopoulous and Hackerott are tied on top heading into the final day of racing. With a dropout coming into effect after the next race, however, the top three teams, now including Probst of the USA, will be even on points.

    The first race of the day was characterized by fluctuating breeze, and the Brazilian team of Hackerott, van Deursen, and Peek exploited these conditions to take an early win. After a strong start, these three found both speed and smarts to reach the first windward mark in third position, trailing only Tanner Probst of the USA and team Gourgiotis of Greece. The top three stayed in this order, with the Greeks leading the Americans, and the Brazilians in third, until the final leg of the race, where team Hackerott showed downwind speed to pass the other two teams and take the race win.

    Next, in race two, Team Asanathopouls of  Greece used their expert gear changing to take advantage of the ever-growing changes in wind speed to get to the front of the fleet. The local team demonstrated not only strong technique, but also stellar tactical wherewithal to claim this victory. After rounding the first mark in second, the Greeks used the run to make their move past team Folds of the USA, and would not relinquish their new lead. 

    Racing begins at 12:00 local time tomorrow, with 2 races scheduled for the 16 teams, and no races starting after 16:00. Stay tuned to ILCA media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for more updates!

    Daily Report - Race Day 1


    The 2018 ILCA Youth World Championship opened with light breeze with an eventual build and shift, and the fleet completed 3 races to open the series. The American team of Tanner ProbstMaya Weber and Jenna Probst hit their stride early and jumped to the top of the leaderboard with a scoreline of 2,4,4.

    In race one, Gen 5 Sailing (Jeff Hayden, Brian Hayes Jr., and Meredith Ryan), were strong tactically in 5-7 knots of breeze. Team Probst, the eventual regatta leaders, would take second place. The finish, however, was not close, with Hayden building a huge lead in the lighter breeze as the race was shortened to 3 legs with an upwind finish.

    As race 2 came around, the breeze built to 10-16 knots from the East/Southeast.. The eventual race winners started at the pin end of the line and chose the proper side of the course for the first beat. After rounding the windward mark in 3rd place, the Brazilian team skippered by Jose Hackerott dropped to fifth by the first leward mark, but used the second beat to climb back to the front of the race. They would not relinquish this lead for the rest of the race. Race 1 winners Hayden, Hayes, and Ryan found themselves swimming near the finish of this race, and after this slip up, left teams Probst and Hackerott tied for the regatta lead. This set the stage for the final rotation, and with it, the final race of the day.

    The third race of the day was won by Athanasopoulos of Greece. After a strong start, Athanasopoulos found himself 3rd at the first windward mark. On the next leg, the Greek team made quick work passing Americans Colantuono and Hayden to take the lead by the leward gate. The American team skippered by Jeff Hayden took second.

    Racing begins at 12:30 local time tomorrow, with 3 races scheduled for the 16 teams.

    Stay tuned to ILCA media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for more updates!

    Link to results: Results

  • News from the 2018 North American Championship

    North American Championship

    Mission Bay Yacht Club
    San Diego, CA

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Proctor Grabs Share of Lead

    San Diego, CA, USA



    The 44 boats competing in this year’s Lightning North American Championship completed three races in light and variable Pacific Ocean conditions on the waters West of Mission Beach. Ched Proctor and his team of Charlie Proctor and Meredith Killion scored a 5,7,2 to grab a share of the lead that Todd Wake held yesterday. These two teams sit even at the top with 28 points each, with Marvin Beckmann lurking close behind with 30.

    The first race of the day saw 7-9 knots of breeze from a direction far left of the typical San Diego sea breeze. Bill Mauk with Albertito Gonzalez and Rafael Melendez came from behind to lead at 2 of the 4 marks, until finishing just ahead of team Wake after a grueling downwind. Mauk showed remarkable speed as he maneuvered around the likes of Marvin Beckmann, Ched Proctor, and Bob Martin.

    The second and third races were won by 5 time Lightning world champion Tito Gonzalez, sailing with his daughter Trini and Ignacio Moroga. In race two, Gonzalez fought around the course with Matt Burridge and Kiko Quintero. Tito fought through the top group to find the lead at the finish.

    By the last race of the day, the breeze had died to 4-7 knots with increased variability. Gonzalez, along with Tom Allen and Ched Proctor, tailed Bill Cabrall around the top mark. By the first leward mark, Gonzalez and Proctor had worked their ways into first and second, respectively. Gonzalez stayed ahead for the remaining three legs to take the win in a rapidly dying breeze. Proctor remained in second, with Tom Allen in third.

    Racing tomorrow begins at 1200 local time with three races scheduled.

    Stay tuned to ILCA media channels (Facebook, Instagram, for the most up to date results and updates from this championship!


  • Women's, Juniors' & Masters' North American Championship

  • Safety Equipment Notice

    ILCA Safety Equipment Rules


    Questions have arisen concerning class safety rules, and what equipment must be carried on the boat when racing. In order to clarify this issue, I have looked through our class rules as currently posted on the ILCA website, with the results shown below.

    Provisions concerning safety equipment are contained in several places in our class rules and by-laws. The rules below are copied directly from the official versions on the ILCA website.


    ILCA By-Laws

    Article VIII – Racing Restrictions of the ILCA By-Laws reads in part:

    5. Portable Equipment

    a) Mandatory

    i)  A fluke-type anchor weighing not less than 1.8Kg (4lb) with a line not shorter than 15.24m (50ft). The line shall be a minimum of 9.525mm (3/8 inches) in diameter and shall be made of Nylon or Dacron. This line shall be used only for towing or anchoring. Alternatives may be prescribed in the Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions.

    ii)  Compass.

    iii)  Bucket with a minimum capacity of one gallon.

    iv)  Throwable life preserver or cushion with an attached whistle.

    v)  Paddle.

    vi)  Other lifesaving equipment as required by government regulations.

    Document Governing Sanctioned Events


    Article VI – Eligibility
    1. Boats must hold valid Measurement Certificates, including Mast Certifications, and must display valid membership decal and mast decal. Measurement Certificates must be presented at time of Measurement.

    Each boat shall carry a fluke-type anchor weighing at least 4 pounds (1.8 kg) with 50' (15.24m) of 3/8” (9.525 mm) line attached for anchoring a Lightning, a compass, a minimum one gallon bucket, a paddle, an approved wearable life preserver for each person on board, a throwable life preserver (cushion) and attached whistle unless modified with the approval of the Measurement Committee. Modifications should be included in the Notice of Race. Each yacht must be equipped with a centerboard preventer.

    The requirements listed in the By-Laws (Anchor, Safety Line, compass, bucket, cushion, paddle) must be on the boat at all times, except when being weighed. For Sanctioned events, you must also carry life jackets and a centerboard preventer.

    At the moment, the rules governing sanctioned events are stricter than those for general racing, as they require life jackets and the centerboard preventer. Note also that while there is limited provision for modification of these items by the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, or Measurement Committee, such modifications are rare, and would be either published in advance of any particular event or posted on the official regatta notice board.

    This equipment is as much a part of a Lightning as the centerboard, rudder, or spinnaker pole, and must be on the boat whenever it is raced. Failure to carry this equipment can be dangerous, and when racing as a Lightning is considered illegal.

    Regatta officials, Class Officers, and Measurement personnel have the right to inspect boats before and during regattas and verify that the equipment required for that event is onboard. In order to promote safe and fair competition at our events, such inspections are currently being planned and prepared for. Failure to carry required safety equipment would merit penalties associated with racing an illegal boat in the event.

    It is strongly recommended that the equipment specified by the Document Governing Sanctioned Events (the life jackets and centerboard preventer) be onboard at all times.

    In order to make the requirements simpler, I intend to propose consolidating the list of required equipment and placing it in a single location within our rules, and will be working through established ILCA procedures to accomplish that.

    William F. Cabrall

    ILCA Chief Measurer

  • Lightning US Pan Am Trials

    US Sailing Team
    Lightning US Pan American Trials 
    September 6-9, 2018
    Buffalo Canoe Club 
    Point Abino, ONT, Canada
    Results - Final Results and Champion Photos

    Congratulations to Jody Starck, Ian Jones and Skip Dieball  - Outright Champions!

    The US Pan Am Trials for the Lightning were held this weekend September 7-9 at the Buffalo Canoe Club in Ridgeway, ONT, Canada home of Lightning Fleet 12.  Buffalo locals Jody Starck and Ian Jones teamed up with Skip Dieball from Grosse Isle, Michigan, and dominated the regatta by winning 6 of the 8 races.

    Allan Terhune teamed up with Jody Lutz and Jo Ann Fisher. This team held a ome-point lead the  first day and was the only other team to win a race aside from the Champs; they finished 2nd. Justin Coplan and Danielle Prior, Silver Medalists from the 2015 Pan Am Games, teamed up with Ian Sanderson and finished 3rd.

    The field was a good mix of experienced teams with World and North American Championships and some of the younger teams that have had great results at the recent major regattas. The conditions were perfect to choose who would represent the US in Peru next summer. Winds ranged from 12-22 from the North/North East all three days.

    The 2019 Games are going to be held in Paracas, Peru, and it is supposed to be breezy. USA is happy to be sending a great representative team in Jody, Ian, Skip.  
  • Patricia Barnhart Burridge

    Patricia passed away on October 31 after suffering a stroke about 2 weeks ago. Pat would have turned 88 today. She is now reunited with her husband Robert "Lal," longtime Lightning Family member from Fleet 266 in Carlisle, Illinois, who left us in 2016.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Matt, his wife Christine and sons Patrick and Tim. Arrangements are being made and will will be posted soon. In Pat’s honor, let’s all hold onto family a little tighter today.

    October 31, 2018

    Patricia passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at the age of 87.  Wife of the late Robert G. "Lal" Burridge; mother of Matthew G.S. Burridge (Christine Leifield Burridge); grandmother of Patrick and Timothy Burridge.

    Pat graduated from Washington University in 1952, where she was elected to several honorary societies including Mortar Board.  Her teaching career included several years at Reed and Central Schools in the Ladue School Systems, an English teacher at the old Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, faculty member of the Graduate School of Education at Washington University and The Forsyth School.

    Her volunteer activities included the Missouri Historical Society, Arts, and Education Council, Women's Division of the St. Louis Symphony Society where she co-chaired the Admiral Boat Party Fundraiser and the Benefit Cardinal Baseball game.  She was a docent for the Ephraim Wisconsin Foundation, where she and her family vacationed for many years.


    A Memorial Service will be conducted at the Episcopal Church of St. Michael and St. George, 6345 Wydown at Ellenwood, Clayton, Missouri, onSaturday, November 10, at 3:30 p.m.  The family will greet friends after the service in the Great Hall of the Church.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairment, 1750 S. Big Bend Rd., Richmond Heights, Missouri  63117 or to the Wednesday Club of St. Louis.

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  • Allarrobo, Chili Lightning Lab

    In early October (springtime in Chile) Kristine and I had the opportunity to travel to Chile to conduct a Lightning Lab.  We had never been to Chile, so this was a great opportunity to help the Chilean Fleet train for the upcoming Pan Am selection trials, visit friends and explore the country.  The Lab was held at Cofradía Nautica del Pacífico in Algarrobo which is about 100 kilometers West of Santiago on the Pacific Ocean.

    We took an overnight flight from the USA to Santiago.  After settling in at very nice boutique hotel (Victor nailed the recommendation) in a funky, artsy area of Santiago, we met Victor Lobos and Cristóbal Perez for lunch.  They welcomed us, and we went over the plans for the weekend Lab.  We have traveled a fair amount and there is something special about visiting a new country while catching up with long time friends who are natives.  For dinner we found a good tapas bar and indulged in delicious food, Chilean wine, Cuban rum, and great conversation before settling down after a long day-and-a-half of traveling.

    Saturday morning, we enjoyed one of the best hotel breakfasts ever, before Victor and Alvaro Varela picked us up and took us to Algarrobo.  We were immediately impressed by the number of boats and the buzz of activity as we pulled into the club.  There were about a dozen Soto 40s, Opits all over, J-70s, 470s, foiling boats, Nacras, and more. There was a real sense of excitement about sailing at the club. We found many families, a “fort” complete with cannons to protect it, and to top it off, the club property is adjacent to a penguin sanctuary: what a cool place to sail!

    Chilean Lightning Sailors

    We found Tito Gonzalez in the boat park along with Trini, Javier Conte, Felipe Robles, (Ignacio, Francisco, Cristian) Perez and many more great sailors.  My first thought was: “How can I teach these guys anything about Lightning sailing?” The breeze in Algarrobo doesn’t usually fill in until after lunch, so I spent the morning tuning boats while Kristine helped some of the teams by going over boat handling techniques.  Kristine’s advice must have been especially good as some sailors were seen taking notes!  We had a quick lunch in the club restaurant and then headed out for an afternoon of sailing.

    On the water we ran practice starts and then did short races on a windward leeward course.  From a RIB, we were able to give advice and get good video showing heel, sail trim and mark roundings. The skill level of this group of sailors was impressive. At some point it seemed like every boat was in first, last, or somewhere in between.  After sailing we all gathered at the club to review video.  Being able to see what worked and doesn’t work helped all of us learn.  Watching the boat go sideways when it heels up and develops weather helm was probably the most dramatic illustration of what sometimes feels good but is clearly not fast.  Mostly, we saw video of Lightnings being well sailed!  Here are some quotes from participants:

    "The Lightning Lab was a great chance for our local fleet to focus on boat handling, the sheets, and speed, without getting too focused on things like fine tuning, which is important, but if you can work on these aspects you can really improve your game"

    Victor Lobos

    " Todd made us focus a lot on boat heel, and how this affects boat speed, this was shown very clear when we reviewed videos on the debriefs after sailing"

    Cristobal Perez


    The Lab on Sunday was the same format but with a bit more wind. All the boats usually got to the mark at the same time and with the left side often favored things got pretty exciting on the port tack layline! After watching all of these teams sail, I can say that the battle for the Chilean spot in the Pan Am games is going to be intense.

    With our duties over at the Lab, we were off to Pucón on Monday morning. Pucón is a beautiful mountain town south of Santiago known as the gateway to Patagonia. It features Lago Villarrica, Volcán Villarrica, and has hosted many Lightning regattas including the 1981 Worlds. Tito and Ana Maria Gonzalez were kind enough to allow us to stay in their lakeside home. The mountains, countryside and hot springs in the area are stunningly beautiful. We experienced snow, rain and sun. Hiking in the mountains followed by a swim in the hot springs is not to be missed.

    On a more sobering note, while we were in Chile the Lightning family experienced a great loss. Rose Simonsen Franke along with two of her friends were exploring a river in a Chilean National Park when their lives were taken in a tragic accident. Rose was the daughter of Amy Simonsen and Bob Franke, both longtime Lightning sailors. Rose had been chasing her dreams living and working in Chile. Amy immediately traveled to Chile to deal with the situation. Members of the Lightning “family” stepped up to help her and let her know that she was not alone in a foreign country to deal with her grief. Chileans are very friendly people who put family as their top priority and they took Amy in as one of their own. We cannot thank our Chilean friends enough for their kindness.

    All of these events led us to consider why we sail Lightnings and have enjoyed spending time with our Lightning friends around the globe. We reached the conclusion that regardless of results, the truest takeaways from traveling either nearby or across hemispheres to sail Lightnings are the memories and friendships that we gain. Keep this in mind next time you are at a crowded mark rounding. Seeing new places, meeting new people, or learning more about your longtime friends is where so much of the fun in the ILCA is found. Thank you to our Chilean friends for being such wonderful hosts, and we look forward to coming back!

    Todd and Kristine Wake

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    Kristine Wake_Chile

  • Dennis Dean "Denny" Dieball, Sr.

  • Denny, age 74, of Toledo's Point Place Community, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family - wife Judy, sons, Ernest (Jacqueline) Dieball and Dennis "Skip" (Laurie) Dieball Jr.; grandchildren, Megan, Mallory, Max and Dean. The Dieball Family has been sailing Lightnings with Western Lake Erie Fleet 42 out of North Cape Yacht Club. 

    He was born November 5, 1944, in Toledo to Dean and Dorothy (Hendee) Dieball. A veteran of the US Navy, Dennis served his country honorably for four years completing tours of duty in Vietnam, Japan and Africa. His proudest moment as a Navy Seaman was becoming a "Shellback" aboard the Bon Homme Richard. Dennis was employed by Toledo Edison for 23 years as an instrument and controls technician. Following his retirement, he owned and operated Dieball Boat Works for 10 years.

    Dennis' true passion in life was boating. He was bestowed life member of Toledo Ice Yacht Club where he served as Commodore, Treasurer, and was recipient of the Wing Memorial trophy. Dennis was past Commodore of Jolly Roger Sailing Club. He was also life member of Interlake Sailing Class Association. His sailing accomplishments include National Champion of the Interlake Class, Masters Champion of the Highlander Class and Junior Champion of the Rhodes Bantam Class. He was a proud member of North Cape Yacht Club, Jolly Roger Sailing Club, Toledo Ice Yacht Club along with many sailing class associations.

    A memorial visitation will be held Sunday, November 18 from 1-3 pm at David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home, 5300 N. Summit St. Toledo, OH. The Memorial Service for Dennis will begin at 3 pm in the funeral home with Pastor James Anderson presiding.  Memorial donations may be given to the Junior Sailing Programs at Toledo Ice Yacht Club, Jolly Roger Sailing Club and North Cape Yacht Club. Please share condolences at

    Tribute in Scuttlebutt Sailing
  • Steketee Trophy Awarded to Pontiac Yacht Club - Fleet 54!

    Steketee_2018 Fleet 54
    The Executive Committee is excited to announce that Michigan District, Fleet 54 - Pontiac Yacht Club is the 2018 recipient of the Steketee Trophy. 

    The Steketee Trophy is awarded to a North American Fleet who is outstanding in furthering the purpose of the ILCA in promoting and developing racing. 

    Fleet 54 put forth an extraordinary team effort in hosting the LARGEST Women's, Junior and Masters' North American Championships to date. Their dedication and support of the Class is genuine and from the heart. They re-emphasized that the Class is about family, friends and a shared passion for Lightning sailing.
    Visitors from the Lightning Class were made to feel welcome and the hospitality was second to none.  We like to think of the ILCA as a family and we were treated as such by Pontiac Yacht Club.  Sitting under a shade tree during postponement watching the kids play water volleyball and soaking in all the other activity made me smile. Making the event free for juniors and even more importantly, fun for juniors, really shows PYC's commitment to the future of sailing. The club captured the essence of the event and was the perfect host.  -  Todd Wake, ILCA Class President

    I have never in 61 years of sailing seen a regatta like this one. The 2 days of racing bookended a spontaneous day long multi-generational party above and beyond anything I have ever experienced.

    Halfway through the second day, I was on the phone with Lightning sailors back home. “How are the WJMs?” They asked. “Fantastic!” I replied. “The water volleyball pickup game is in round 8, the corn hole tournament is underway, all the chairs are off the beach with people cooling their legs in the lake, the Juniors are working a Janga tower 5 feet high, the Mark Bot demonstration is fascinating, I can’t wait to drive one of the things, the beer tent is open and and there is more food than an army of juniors could eat in a week. The sun is out, the water is warm and the shade is cool. I’ve made 20 new friends -It’s a fantastic day!”

    “What about the sailing?" they asked”.  “Sailing?” I replied, “Why would we do that! There’s no wind and we’re having too much fun for sailing. This is the best regatta ever!!”

    Bill Cabrall, ILCA Chief Measurer
    Photo Left - Mark Allen, Fleet 54 - Fleet Captain accepting the Steketee Trophy from Class Secretary, Laura Jeffers. 

    Full history and past recipients of the Steketee Trophy. 

    Video Recap of the 2018 WJMs at Pontiac Yacht Club. 

  • Joseph P. "Joe Sr." Starck

    Joseph Starck, Sr.
    Joseph P. "Joe Sr." Starck left us on November 21, 2018, after a long illness. Joe loved the Lightning Class and was an active part of Fleet 12 at the Buffalo Canoe Club from an early age. Over the past 30+ years he supported BCC Lightning sailing and always volunteered on Race Committee, usually setting marks.He was the patriarch of the Starck Family.

    Beloved husband of Carol (nee Whistler) Starck; loving father of Julie (Keith) Waldron, Joseph (Rebecca) Starck, David (Jody) Starck, Karen (Kinder) Woodcock, Christopher, James (Amy) and Thomas (Christine) Starck; devoted grandfather of Madeline, Joseph III, Elizabeth, Robert, Adam, Katherine, Sabrina, Jamie, Ian, Grace, Caitlyn, James Jr., Jack, Brady, Carly and the late Patrick. Dear son of the late Bernard F. and Madeline (nee Slack) Starck; dearest brother of Robert (Jane) Starck, Mary (Mike) Galus, Ann (Carmine) Romano. Services were held November 26 at the St. John the Baptist RC Church, Tonawanda, NewYork. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol and the entire Starck Family. Please share your condolences online at:

    Learn more about Joe in the Buffalo News

  • Lightning Sailor Takes on Sydney Hobart Race

    Ian and Lindy Edwards are no strangers to the Lightning Class! They have been sailing in the Class for 20 years. They have sailed in every World Championship since 2007 - and they will be in Finland June 2019 too! They have been active with Lagos, Nigeria Fleet 521 and Houston, TX Fleet 510. They have since retired and moved back to Australia where they hope to re-kindle Lightning activity! 

    Always looking for an adventure, Ian and Lindy launched Wings, a new Dehler 46 in November 2017. Ian and his amateur team have competed in the 2018 PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race, finishing in sixth on line honors, second on IRC in Division 2, and PHS 2nd overall. The crew enjoys sailing together, the journey, sailing as fast as they can and, in longer offshore races, ensuring they have the best boat food!   

    We wish Ian and his team fair winds and great sailing!

    Fun pre-race interview with Ian!

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