The Lightning, a 19-foot trailerable centerboard sloop, designed by Sparkman & Stephens as an affordable family day sailor and racing boat. She has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world. The Lightning’s rig is simple, but offers sophisticated sail shape controls. The hull features a unique hard chine design that combines the stability that provides sail-carrying power, with flat bottom sections that promote planing. There’s room in the cockpit for two couples or a family to daysail. The Lightning is easy to launch and light enough to trailer with ease. In the event of a capsize, she can be righted and sailed dry by her crew. Get “The Best of Both Worlds.” Get into a Lightning!
The MBYC Lightning Fleet, Number 194, was formed in 1949. Four Lightning National Championships have been sailed at MBYC, in 1961, 1980, 1988 and 2007.
Link to Lightning Class Webpage
Email Fleet Captain Bill Lane