The Lightning, a 700 pound 19 foot trailer able centerboard sloop, was originally designed by Sparkman & Stephens as an affordable family day-sailor and racing boat. The hull features a unique hard chine design providing stability with sail-carrying power combined with flat bottom sections that promote planning.
The Lightning has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world. Awarded ISAF International Class status, the Lightning is sailed in more than 13 countries and in the Pan American Games. The class provides a professionally-managed association that is among the largest in all of one-design sailing.
Lightning Fleet 435 was once one of the largest Fleets of “Creekers” in the 1970’s. Lightning sailing slowed to a trickle in Texas by the late 1990’s, but there is a growing resurgence of Lightning sailing in Texas.
Fleet 435 is comprised of a good mix of old and new Lightning skippers and crew. The Fleet is looking for more skippers and crew and would welcome one and all to join us for racing or “getting to know you” joy rides.
The Texas District of the International Lightning Class Association (ILCA) is leading the creation of a new Lightning Circuit involving Fleets in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The ILCA has a boat grant program to develop junior Lightning sailors. The ILCA grant program will award at least three young teams a competitive boat plus substantial regatta expenses for one season of racing. There will be mentoring provided and the goal is to expose more youth racers to the ILCA circuit. This is a competitive grant program. If you are interested in this program, please see any of the Lightning skippers for more information.
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