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The Lightning is a three person, three sail one-design boat. It has a hard chine and a 130 lb centerboard that help provide stability. It is one of the boats sailed in the Pan Am Games. It is easily trailered and the class association is professionally run. According to the Lightning Class website, "Most Lightnings built in the last 25 years can be made competitive and it's not uncommon to see them winning races right along with new ones. In fact the 1995 World Champion sailed a boat built in 1969!" Specifications: Design: Sparkman & Stephens, 1938 Over 15000 built More than 500 fleets worldwide Length: 19'0" (5.8m) Beam: 6'6" (2m) Displacement: 700 lb (318 kg) Draft (board down): 4'11" (151.3cm) (board up): 5" (12.8cm) Mast height: 26'2" (7.9m) Sail area (main & jib): 177 sq.ft. (spinnaker): 300 sq.ft. Crew (racing): 3

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Class Contact: Executive Secretary, Laura Jeffers: office@lightningclass.org


Class Resources:
Tuning Guides:  North Sails  Quantum Sails  Vermont Sailing Partners     Lightning Boat Grant Program    ILCA Fund    The Helen & Jay Limbaugh Fund    Lightning Equipment Manufacturers

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