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Lightning Class Association
Date: 6/21/2021
Subject: Flash Blast: Eight Bells... Ralph Bilnoski, State of One Design Sailing, WJM and NAs and more!
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - June 21, 2021 
Single advertisements are available for each Flash Blast. Inquire about packages that include Website Advertising. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Laura in the Class Office or at 727-942-7969.

Eight Bells... Ralph Bilnoski
Ralph Bilnoski passed away May 17, 2021 after a short battle with lung cancer. Ralph owned Lightning #11118 for 20 years. He skippered in club races at Fleet #35 in Dallas, TX. His major mark was as a crew member. Ralph sailed for many years with former ILCA President, Richard Guinan. More recently he crewed for Clarke Newman.
Ralph Bilnoski

US Sailing State of One Design Sailing

WATCH LIVE on The Starboard Portal
State of One Design Sailing

TODAY– Monday, June 21 at 5pm ET

Click to Watch on The Starboard Portal

The US Sailing One Design Committee is proud to present the first of a series of Starboard Portal presentations specifically for the One Design Sailing Community including Sailors, Classes and Fleets. This first edition will focus on the current landscape of One Design sailing in our country. The panelists will discuss their views on challenges and opportunities and provide thoughts and opinions on the future of One Design sailing so we can all work to grow together. This special presentation will be moderated by Craig Leweck, Editor and Publisher of Scuttlebutt Sailing News, and will feature panelists in leadership positions from around the One Design sailing world including:

  • Craig Leweck (Moderator) – Editor and Publisher, Scuttlebutt Sailing News
  • Laura Jeffers – Executive Secretary, International Lightning Class
  • Chris Howell – Director of multiple J/Boat classes, J/70, J/22, J/24 and more
  • Scott Williamson – Director, International Laser Class Association, North America
  • Zeke Horowitz – Sales Rep., North Sails and Pro Sailor

WJM NAs Logo
Less than 5 spaces remain!
There are still a few spots open for the August 4-8, 2021 Women's, Junior and Masters North American Championships.  70 boat cap!
Late Registration fee applies July 7th - Don't delay!
This regatta will serve as the US Junior qualifier for the 2022 Youth Worlds, Sheboygan, WI July 2022. Competitors can not turn 21 in the year of the event. 
Check out Rob Ruhlman's summary of potential sailing conditions for the WJM's at Pymatuning Yacht Club

2021 NAs Logo
Edgewater Yacht Club is looking forward to seeing you at the 2021 North American Championship. August 8-14, 2021
Register before July 10 to avoid a Late Fee!
Please see the NOR for full details on entry requirements and registration. 
Click Here for the NOR or to Register. 
Getting To Know the NAs - All the Details YOU need to know!
This regatta serves as the US Qualifier for the 2022 World Championship to be held May 2022 in Wrightsville Beach, NC. 
  • Look forward to great racing thanks to our PRO Todd Fedyszn, who has been at the helm for the 2019 NA's and numerous Winter Championships in St. Pete, as well as the skilled EYC race committee lead by Joe Colling.

  •  Look forward to great company and entertainment with live music lined up for each of the dinners including a full band on Saturday!

  • Look forward to spending a week in Cleveland on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Unique local attractions, great restaurants and dramatic sunsets. Check out Edgewater Park, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Westside Market, Cleveland Museum of Art, and More!

2023 North American Championship - Call for Bids
Bids are now being accepted to host the 2023 North American Championships. 
We are looking for one host that can hold the Women's, Junior and Master's North American Championships during the first or second week in August for 1-2 days of measurement/practice race and 3 days of racing.
We are looking for another host (or the same) that can hold the North American Championship either back to back or within a week of the WJM's. The time frame for the NAC is 2 day(s) for measurement/practice race and then 3-5 days of racing depending on racing schedule.
If you are interested in putting in a bid, please contact VP North American Championships, Josh Goldman or the Class Office for more specifics on racing schedule and proposed dates.
Deadline for bids is December 1, 2021. Announcement expected by April 1, 2022.

Lake Lancing Tune-Up - Tom Klaban
Spring Classic & OH District Championship - Brady Starck, Tom Starck, Carly Starck
There have been many more regattas sailed!
Watch the Class Website for more results postings coming soon!!
Please be sure to submit your results with CREW NAMES to the Class Office. If you have a short summary and a few photos even better! If your regatta isn't listed here - be sure to add the event to the ILCA Event Calendar and send in results after the regatta!

Upcoming Regattas: 
Click on the event for more info or 
See Event Calendar for More Events or to add your event!
There is a lot of planning going on for 2021 events - that is so encouraging! If you need help listing your events please contact Laura in the Class Office. 
** If your regatta is canceled or postponed please let the Class Office know immediately so we can adjust the event calendar and get notification out. 
53rd Annual Champagne Regatta & Class Boat Get Together on beautiful Keuka Lake
SELD Traveling Series
NOR is now posted
Our annual June regatta combined with the District's, one day only. Also the Thistle fleet District's and a Sonar regatta. Bringing in an outside PRO from USSAILING. Minimal socializing, but the snack bar should be available to take your lunch order ahead of time.
Rescheduled event from 2020 and is now canceled. Stay tuned for more information on future Youth World Championships.
SELD Traveling Series
You are invited to North Cape Yacht Club LaSalle, Michigan
Enjoy inland sailing on Loon Lake, 40 km east of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
A one day series open to members in the Long Island District to be hosited by Fleet 506 at the Orient YC on Saturday July 16,2021
Come join us for the CNY District Championship and The Founders Regatta celebrating the 91st Anniversary of John Barnes starting dinghy racing at HHYC.
One Day Event!
SAVE THE DATE! Beautiful sailing on Narragansett Bay!
Come to beautiful Newfound Lake in Hebron, NH. One long race from one end of the lake to the other and back again) of about 9 miles. Low key and fun!

2021 Publication Schedule 
Flashes Newsletter
February 1 Publication - January 10th deadline
May 1 Publication - April 15th deadline
September 1 Publication - August 10th deadline
December 1 Publication - November 10th deadline
Flash Blasts

Monthly E-mail Blasts on the 15th of each month. 

Deadline is 7 days prior to the e-mail date. 

During busier months (June, July and August) or as needed we will also add a second monthly blast on the 1st of each month. 

Please send your submissions to the Class Office -

If you would like to advertise in these publications please contact Executive Secretary Laura Jeffers at (727) 942-7969 or via the above email.

International Lightning Class Association
Laura Jeffers, Executive Secretary
(727) 942-7969

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