Lightning (dinghy)

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Lightning
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Class symbol
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Development
DesignerOlin Stephens
Year1938
DesignOne-Design
Boat
Crew3
Draft4 ft 11 in (1.50 m)
Hull
TypeMonohull
Hull weight700 lb (320 kg)
LOA19 ft (5.8 m)
Beam6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Rig
Rig typeSloop
Mast length26 ft 2 in (7.98 m)
Sails
Spinnaker area300 sq ft (28 m2)
Upwind sail area177 sq ft (16.4 m2)
Racing
D-PN87.0

The Lightning is a sloop rigged sailing dinghy originally designed by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens in 1938 and was first sailed on Skaneateles Lake, NY, United States. More than 15,750 Lightnings have been built since then. There are over 500 fleets of Lightnings worldwide, many of which participate in dinghy racing.

Awarded World Sailing Class status, the Lightning is sailed in more than 13 countries and in the Pan American Games, and the class provides a professionally managed association that is among the largest in all of one-design sailing. A World Championship is held every two years. North American, South American and European Championships are held each year as are innumerable regional and District championships.

There is room in the cockpit for four to six to daysail, but a crew of three is employed when racing. On most racing teams, the skipper helms the boat and handles the mainsail. The front crew on a racing team handles the jib upwind and is responsible for spinnaker pole handling downwind. When racing, a middle crew is relied upon for trimming the spinnaker downwind and has boat balance as a primary responsibility upwind.

The Lightning's rig is simple, but offers sophisticated sail shape controls. The hull features a hard chine design that combines the stability that provides sail-carrying power, with flat bottom sections that promote planing. The Lightning's hard chine and 130 lb centerboard give her the stability and power of a small keel boat going to weather in strong winds and allow her to carry a very large spinnaker for breathtaking offwind rides.

At 700 pounds (318 kg), length of 19'0" (5.8 m) and beam of 6'6" (2 m), the Lightning is easily trailered. Draft with the centerboard down is 4'11" (151.3 cm) and 5" (12.8 cm) with the centerboard raised.

Lightning 10301 (built ~1967) sailing with main and jib; fiberglass hull, wooden mast and boom

The International Lightning Class Association (ILCA) protects the boat's design and licenses custom and private builders to build boats under its administration.

Lightnings can compete in mixed-fleet handicap racing with a D-PN of 87.0.[1]

Events

Open World Championships

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1961 Milford, CT
USA
 United States
Thomas Allen III
1963 Lima
Peru
 United States
Thomas Allen III
1965 Toronto
Canada
 United States
Thomas Allen III
1967 Toronto
Canada
 United States
Louis Pocharski
1969  United States
Bruce Goldsmith
1971  United States
William Shore
1973  United States
Bruce Goldsmith
1975 Salinas
Ecuador
 Brazil
Mario Buckup
1977 Spiez
Switzerland
 United States
Thomas Allen III
1979  United States
Glenn Darden
1981  Brazil
Walmor Gomez
1983  United States
Jay Lutz
1985  United States
William Shore
1987 Cartegena  Chile
Manuel González
1989 Athens  Canada
Peter Hall
1991 Annapolis  United States
David Dellenbaugh
1993 Ilhabela, Brazil  Brazil
Manfred Kaufmann
Renato Kaufmann
Marcelo Batista da Silva
 Brazil
Fernando Hackerott
Frederico Costa
Riccardo Costa
 Brazil
Claudio Biekarck
Gunner Ficker
Edu Melchert
1995 Kuopio, Finland  Chile
Tito González
Rodrigo Zuasola
German Schacht
 United States
Thomas Allen IV
Jim Allen
Jane Allen
 United States
Bill Faude
Jared Drake
Brian Taboada
1997 Montréal  Canada
Larry MacDonald
Jody Swanson
Ian Jones
 Chile
Manuel González
Juan Francisco Novion
German Novion
 United States
Tim Healy
Maria White
Bill Healy
1999 Salina, Ecuador  Chile
Alberto González
Pablo Barahona
Claus Engell
 United States
Jeff Linton
Amy Smith Linton
Mark Taylor
 United States
Tim Healy
Bill Healy
Anthony Kotoun
2001 Marsala
Italy
 United States
Jeff Linton
Amy Smith Linton
Mark Taylor
 United States
Matt Fisher
Dan Moriarty
Rick Bernstein
 United States
William Faude
Ernie Dieball
Jared Drake
2003 Miami  Chile
Tito González
Jay Lutz
Claus Engel
 United States
Steve Hayden
Barr Batzer
Jamey Rabbitt
 United States
Jim Crane
Bill Crane
Jim Allen
2005 Viña del Mar  Chile
Alberto González
Diego González
Cristian Herman
 United States
David Starck
Ian Jones
Scott Ikle
 Chile
Pablo Herman
Luis Felipe Herman
Claus Engell
2007 Athens  United States
Jeff Linton
Amy Smith Linton
Jahn Tihansky
 United States
Allan Terhune
Katie Terhune
Dave Perkowski
 United States
Steve Davis
Brian Hayes
Laura Jeffers
2009 Lake Champlain (Colchester, VT)  United States
Matt Fisher
Dan Moriarty
Tobi Moriarty
 United States
David Stark
Jody Stark
Ian Jones
 Chile
Tito González
Diego González
Cristian Hermann
2011 Buzios, Brazil  Chile
Tito González
Diego González
Cristian Hermann
 Brazil
Claus Biekarck
Gunner Ficker
Marcelo Batista da Silva
 Brazil
Thomas Sumner
Felipe Brito
Fillipe Gil
2013 Castiglione del Lago, Italy  United States
David Stark
Jody Stark
Ian Jones
 United States
Justin Coplan
Danielle Prior
Micheal Carney
 United States
Ched Proctor
Jamie Ewing
Meredith Killion
2015 Crystal Beach (Ontario, Canada)  United States
Geoff Becker
Jimmy Barnash
Laura Beigel
 United States
Jody Starck
Ian Jones
Skip Dieball
 United States
Billy Martin
Janel Zarkowsky
Chappy Hopkins
2017 Salinas
Ecador
 Javier Conte (ARG)
 Ignacio Giammona (ARG)
 Paul Salerno (ARG)
 Nick Sertl (USA)
 Dylan Farrell (USA)
 John Mastrandrea (USA)
2019 Expoo
Finland
 Javier Conte (ARG)
 Julio Alsogaray (ARG)
 Paula Salerno (ARG)
 Felipe Robles (CHI)
 Andres Guevara (CHI)
 Paula Herman (CHI)

Youth World Championsips

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1978 Peru  Stephen Craig (USA)  Hugo Castro (ARG)
1980 Onterio
Canada
 Ian Jones (USA)  Otavio Machando (BRA)
1982 Sicily, Italy  Gordon Anderson (USA)

1984 Brick, NJ USA  Jody Swanson (USA)

1986 Olivos, Argentina  Guillermo Parada (ARG)

1988 Tampere, Finland  Duncan Stewart (CAN)

1990 Point Abino, Canada  Ned Roseberry (USA)

1992 Point Abino, Canada  Tom Starck (USA)

1994 Neuchatel
Switzerland
 Marty Essig (CAN)

1996 Brick, NJ
USA
19 Boats
 Miguel Plaza, Jr (ECU)
Carlos PLAZA
Francis PLAZA
 Chad ATKINS (USA)
Adam BURNS
Cap PIN
 Gabe CROWDER (CAN)
Adam DUNN
John VICKERS
1998 Salina
Ecuador
16 Boats
USA 14640
 Sean Carroll (USA)
 Karl Schutte (USA)
 Kate Sheahan (USA)
GRE 14377
 Constantinos Merentitis (GRE)
 Hilias Manolakis (GRE)
 Michalis Koulianos (GRE)
COL 14057
J. CAMILO BUSTOS
Camilo SALCEDO
Nicolas DEEB
2000 Athens
Greece
18 Boats
 Dionisis Dimou (GRE)
 Michalis Pateniotis (GRE)
 Thanassis SiouziosAntonis Pateniotis (GRE)
 Sotiris Dimopoulos (GRE)
 Vagelis Kafetzidakis (GRE)
 Charis Finos (GRE)
 George Finos (GRE)
Jose Maria BETTINI
Cofone JUAN
Valette FRANCO
2002 Rockester
13 Boats
15152
Thomas Sumner
Pedro Soares
Mark Pineda
14056
Erik Johnson
Karl Johnson
Kate Brush
15103
Travis MAIER
Meredith PELTON
Robert RAMIREZ
2004 São Paulo
Brazil
14 Boats
BRA-14330
Thomas Sumner
Felipe Brito
Mark Pineda
BRA-14378
Marcelo BELLOTTI
Eduardo MOLINA
Alejandro CARRI
BRA-14894
Joao HACKEROTT
Constantin VASSILAS
Jorge ZARIF
2006 Jyväskylä
Finland
10 Boats
BRA 14894
Thomas Sumner
Felipe Brito
Felipe Brito
GRE 15077
Panagiotis VERGINADIS
Timos VLACHOS
Theodoros POULAKOS
USA 14146
Nicholas Aswad
Connor Aswad
Peter HAZELETT
2008 Quebec
Canada
11 Boats
15298
Taylor Lutz
Luke Vreeland
Bernie Roesler
14901
 Ian SCHILLEBEECKX (BEL)
 Connor ASWAD (USA)
 Will SCHWARZ (USA)
15166
Matthew SCHON
Timmy CRANN
Jason LUTZ
2010 Salinas
Ecador
16 Boats
ECU 14379
Jonathan Martinetti
Pedro Velez
Eduardo Viteri
ARG 1
Tomas DIETRICH
Tomas PELLEJERO
Gaston BISIO
BRA 15333
Rafael KRAUSZ
Otavio BIRMAN
Nicolas BRANCHER
2012 Järvenpää
Finland
16 Boats
CAN 14895
Adam MacDonald
Abby Bennett
Sam Jones
USA 15122
TimmyCRANN
Lauren JONES
Alica BLUMENTHAL
USA 15202(3)
Mike GEMPERLINE
Scott VINING
Stuart WALLACE
2014 Ontario
Canada
24 Boats
BRA 15333
Felipe Rondina
Jose Afonso Hackerott
Thomas Sylvestre
USA 15166
Jonathan LUTZ
Alexandra JONES
Nicholas SERTL
CHI 11011
Cristobal MOLINA LORCA
Jens KUHLENTHAL PFEFFER
Pedro Andres VERA CARRERA
2016 Salinas
Ecuador
20 Boats
BRA 15333
Felipe Rondina
Thomas Petrie Sylvestre
Christian Lacerda Shaw
ARG 13360
Martin Cloos
Bautista Menendez
Lucas Elias
ECU 14675
Matias Dyck
John Birkett
Jose Andres Lecaro
2018 Voula
Greece
16 Boats
USA 14748
Jeffrey Hayden
Brian Hayes Jr.
Meredith Ryan
GRE 15144
V Gourgiotis
G Tsoulfas
M Kypraios
BRA 15333
J Hackerott
E Van Deursen
M Peek

Masters World Championsips

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1999 Salina, Ecuador Jack Elfman
Cindy Lister
Mike Holly


2001 Marsala
Italy
Richard Hallagan
Hendrix Ten Eyck
Tammi Jamison

 Canada Peter Hall
Phillip Kerrigan
Jay Deacon



2003 Miami Jim Crane
Larry Bone
Kip Hamblet


2005 Concón, Chile  Canada Peter Hall
Phillip Kerrigan
Jay Deacon


2007 Athens Bill Mauk
Vladimir Kulinichenko
Michel Sumpton


2009 Colchester, VT Jim Crane
Brenda Crane
Tom Allen


2011 Buzios, Brazil Claus Biekarck
Gunner Ficker
Marcelo Batista da Silva


2013 Castiglione del Lago, Italy Ched Proctor
Jamie Ewing
Jay Lurie


2015 Ontario, Canada David Dellenbaugh
Jeff Eiber
Jay Lurie


2017 Salinas
Ecuador
23 Boats
USA 15507
Ched Proctor
Meredith Killion
Todd Wake
BRA 14893
Claudio Biekarck
Gunnar Ficker
Marcelo Silva
USA 15590
Jeff Linton
Amy Smith Linton
Steve Davis
2019 Expoo
Finland
27 Boats
USA 15507
 Ched Proctor (USA)
 Bill Faude (USA)
 Meredith Killion (USA)
 USA 9
 Tom Allen (USA)
 Jane Allen (USA)
 Shelby Allen (USA)
 CAN 15499
 Larry MacDonald (CAN)
 Jody Starck (CAN)
 Ian Jones (CAN)

Pan American Games

The class is regularly used in the pan american games.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.