The International Lightning Class Boat Grant Program had what some would call its best year ever last year. We received strong applications from young sailors eager to get on the water and compete against one of the strongest fleets in one design. We’re looking to build on that momentum during summer 2023. That’s where you come in.
The Lightning Class will again provide boats to several promising young sailors like you! If you’re over 19, consider this your personal invitation to apply.
You’ll get the best equipment. Race-winning boats with covers, new sails, new rigging, and an assigned mentor to help you get to the front. In the boat park you’ll become part of a group that genuinely wants you to do your best and enjoy every weekend! On the water, those same people will do all in their power to keep you behind them. Would you want it any other way?
“It is fun learning a new boat and the people in the Class are really friendly. Compared to collegiate dinghies, the Lightning is more dynamic and complex. The first time we felt the boat start planning, we all went silent with smiles plastered onto our faces.” - Jack Murphy, Boat Grant Skipper, Brown University ‘22.
Did we mention the boat is free?
The program also covers all your entry fees and some travel expenses. The Lightning Class has been a vital experience for many of the best racers in the World. Could you use an experience like that?
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