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Lightning Class Association
Date: 1/12/2022
Subject: Flash Blast: 2022 Boat Grant Application Deadline, St Pete NOOD and Southern Circuit, Fleet Dues
From: International Lightning Class Association

FlashBlast - January 12, 2022 
Seeking 2022 Class Sponsors!   
The Class is signing up 2022 Sponsors. Sponsorship includes a logo on our website under the Class Supporters heading, advertisements in the Flashes Newsletter and these Flash Blast emails and more. Packages begin at $260 for the year. For more information or to reserve your spot please contact Laura in the Class Office or at 727-942-7969.

 Lightning Boat Grant Program - 2022 Deadline January 21st. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP in sharing the news and encouraging local young people to apply! 
Help us encourage others to Be Like Jack...
“It is fun learning a new boat and the people in the Class are really friendly. Compared to collegiate dinghy’s the Lightning is a more dynamic and complex boat. The first time we felt the boat plane downwind, we all went silent with smiles plastered onto our faces.” – Jack Murphy, 2020/21 Boat Grant Skipper and Class of ’22 Brown University.

The Boat Grant Program is excited to return to the water in the summer of 2022 for its 15th Season and we are looking for new Teams! The International Lightning Class Association will provide boats to several promising young sailors! The program also covers regatta entry fees, some travel expenses, and provides a knowledgeable mentor.

Sailors will enjoy the best equipment with newer boats and brand-new sails, great competition, and an opportunity meet some really fun people! The program eliminates the financial barriers in organizing a three-person race team and provides sailors over the age of 19 the opportunity to focus on learning a new boat. The Lightning Class is competitive and fun! It has been the starting point for many of the very best racers in the World!


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Boat Grant Program Promo

2022 Fleet Dues
With the new year upon us Fleet Dues ($30) are now due for the 2022 year. Fleet Captains should have received an email notice reminder. If you have any questions, would like to request an invoice for return payment via check or to make a credit card payment over the phone please contact the Class Office.  or (727) 942-7969. 

The 2022 Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in St Petersburg will be February 18-20. We'd love to see a great turn out again this year. Help us keep our standing as one of the largest fleets on the line!

New in 2022, additional prize opportunities. 16.3 Additional prizes may be awarded to the top Junior Team (under 21 years of age), and top Mixed Plus Team (50% + female) to the J/70 Class or any one-design class with a minimum of 12 boats registered.

Important dates and link to the race page below:
Last Call for Early Bird Entry Discount - All Classes:  By 2359hrs on February 1
Online Registration Closes:  At 2359hrs on February 15

Miami Racing
The 2022 Southern Circuit is heading back to Miami AND the Mentor Program is BACK! 

The circuit starts in St Petersburg, FL at the St Petersburg Yacht Club with the Winter Championships. Registration and boat set up begins Saturday, March 19th. This is the perfect kick-off location as sailors can come down early for the FL Winter Series which concludes at the St Pete NOOD in February and then leave your boat* in St Pete until the March circuit event. Racing in St Pete will begin Sunday, March 20th and continue through Tuesday, March 22nd. The Winter Championship will include a Master's Division that will be scored separately. Qualification for the Master's Division is that the skipper must be at least 55 years old and the total combined crew age must total at least 130 as of December 31, 2022.

Wednesday, March 23rd is a travel day. Teams will make their way from St Petersburg to Miami. 

With our return to Miami, we are excited to announce a new host club, Coconut Grove Sailing Club. All boats will all be staged out of Regatta Park which is a 1/4 mile from the CGSC. Racing for the Mid-Winter Championship will be Thursday and Friday, March 24-25. 

We are also happy to announce the return of the Mentor Program on the Southern Circuit. Nick Turney of Turney Sailing Services and North Sails is back and ready to help you step up your game. Participants will enjoy pre and post racing debriefs, on the water coaching and one-on-one personal analysis. 
 Nominations for the Karl Smither Award are now being accepted. This award is presented to an individual who is a Corinthian Sailor, Lightning Enthusiast and Class Mentor. Please submit nominations via email to the Class Office. 
Other awards will be presented including the Dr. Georges Peter Great Grand Master Award (75+) and the Jack Mueller Grand Master Award (65+), George Fisher Sportsmanship Award, Davis Youth Award, Humphrey Newcomer Award, Mid-Fleet Awards at both venues. 
Watch for NORs and on-line entry to be posted very soon! START making plans to attend!

Interested in sailing both the St Pete NOOD and St Pete Winter Championship? Leave your boat in St Pete between the two events. We have secured safe storage for just $50 a short drive from the St Pete YC. Contact the Class Office for more information. 

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2022 World Championships - Carolina YC, Wrightsville Beach, NC, USA
  • World Master's Championship - May 12-16, 2022. Registration is limited to the first 80 boats. The NOR is posted and registration is open  Master's Yachtscoring Webpage This regatta is an Open event for Lightning Class Members who turn 55 (skipper) and total combined age of crew 130+ by December 31, 2022.  

  •  A schedule of events has been posted for both the World Master's and World Championships. 

  • The World Championship will take place May 16 - 21, 2022 and Country Allocations have been posted along with deadlines for notice of participation. The Class is still waiting to hear from our European and AAO Districts. The re-allocation of unused slots will happen by the end of this month (January 2022). Contact your Country Vice President for more information on individual Country Qualifications. The following Countries have responded: CAN 2 confirmed, 5 more requested; USA 20 confirmed, more requested; ARG 1 confirmed; BRA 2 confirmed; CHI 3 confirmed, 1 more requested; COL 3 confirmed; ECU 3 confirmed; PER 1 confirmed; AUS 1 confirmed; SUI O. 

  • World Championship Notice of Race will be published very soon. Registration will open after that. 

  • A World Championships Promotional Video has been released. A special thank you to fellow Class Member Bryan Burke for helping to put this together.
  • Interested in being a sponsor for the event? Contact Pierce Barden at:

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The Youth Worlds is coming soon!!!
The 2022 Harken Blockheads Youth Worlds is scheduled for July 5-10, 2022 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin,  USA.  Please help us reach our goal of 8 countries in 2022!!  If you are a young sailor born in the year 2002 or later and you are interested in attending, contact your Country VP.   If you are a country VP or involved with youth in your country and you haven't seen or responded to the recent email from  Debbie Probst at DKProbst@gmail.complease  reach out to her.   (US youth who sailed their qualifier in August have been contacted.  If you missed this communication, please reach out to Debbie)

Youth Worlds Selection Deadlines

February 1, 2022: Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA class office of the number of boats it intends to enter.

 February 15, 2022: 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.

March 15, 2022: Each Lightning National Class Association or National Authority shall inform the ILCA class office of the specific competitors that will represent their country.

 April 15, 2022:  Completed registration forms must be returned with the entry fee and damage deposit to the ILCA class office

South American Championship
2021 South American Championship
Salinas, Ecuador - December 15-18
Congratulations to Ecuadorians Jonathan Martinetti, John Birkett and Francisco Almeida the new 66th South American Champions. It came down to the last race and Martinetti prevailed over Team Robles from Chile. Team Velez from ECU finished third. Martinetti and his team won the Salinas Tomine and Copa Pacifico Regattas days prior to the South Americans. A special Thank You to all of the competitors who made the trip to Salinas and to the Salinas Yacht Club, Regatta Chair Rafael Quintero and local members of Fleet 405 for hosting an amazing event. Watch for a full report and more photos in the next issue of Flashes.
2021 South American Champions
ECU Sailing
Salinas Yacht Club
Produbanco Sponsor

Many of you received fabulous gifts from the Lightning Class Store this holiday season. We Thank You very much for your support of the Class!  
We still have good inventory on many of the new items. Now is the perfect time to get a new shirt or hat for you and your crew - a perfect way to get excited for the 2022 sailing season!
 Some styles are limited in size or color and will not be available for re-order once sold out. 
Tie-Dye Adult Tee
Digi Camo Tech Shirt
Royal Hoodie
Raglan Tee

South American Championship- Jonathan Martinetti, John Birkett, Francisco Almeida
Copa Pacifico - Jonathan Martinetti, John Birkett, Francisco Almeida
Salinas Tomine Regatta - Jonathan Martinetti, John Birkett, Francisco Almeida

Please check the 2021 Results - if your summer regatta results are not posted please re-send to the Class Office for posting. 
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!
If you need help listing your events please contact Laura in the Class Office. 
Third stop on the FL Winter Series and FL District Championship.
3 Days of Racing in St Pete. Final Regatta of FL Winter Series!
Includes a Master's Winter Championship and first Part of the Southern Circuit.
2nd leg of the Southern Circuit
New date for 2022 come and tune up before the Worlds
World Master's are back in North America and open to skippers 55+ with a total combined team of 130+ by 12/31/22. Wrightsville Beach offers fantastic ocean racing.
World's are back in North America. Wrightsville Beach offers fantastic ocean racing.

2022 Publication Schedule 
Flashes Newsletter
March 1 Publication - February 11th deadline
June 1 Publication - May 16th deadline
September 1 Publication - Aug 15th deadline
December 1 Publication - November 11th 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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