Rocky Mountain Lightning Fleet # 488


Last updated 03/28/2015


About the Lightning

The Lightning is a 19 foot trailerable centerboard sloop originally designed by Sparkman and 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’s unique hard chine design combines stability and sail-carrying power with flat bottom sections that promote planning. A large spinnaker transforms the boat when the wind picks up. For a crew of 3, the boat presents interesting boat handling challenges in higher wind conditions.

Read more about crewing on a Lightning.

View  the ILCA 75th Anniversary Slideshow.

About Fleet 488 In Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Lightning Fleet sails with DSA at Cherry Creek Lake in Denver and at regional regattas throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Fleet 488 members located north of Denver also sail at Union Reservoir. For more information, contact

Bill Cabrall Fleet 488 Fleet Captain

and see recent Fleet 488 Newsletters.


To join Fleet 488, go to the website of the International Lightning Class Association and become a member, either as an Active (boat owner) Member; an Associate Member; or a Crew Member, selecting the US@Large District and Fleet # 488. To join or to renew your membership on line, go here. Here are the current Fleet members. The Class Association provides a valuable service for Lightning skippers and crew, with a wealth of information about Lightning events world-wide. Check out the ILCA website if you have not done so already.

Skippers – need crew? 

Try our Crew Coordinator program — send a request to the Fleet Captain on Monday if you need crew for the upcoming Saturday.

Crew – looking for a ride?

Add your name to the Lightning Crew Connection list  where we will maintain your contact information.

— Upcoming Events —

— News —

Team Davis wins the 2015 Dinghy Division Colorado Governor’s Cup trophy!
Bill Cabrall posted a report on the ILCA website.  Read about it here.

Welcome Samuel Ulrich Armstrong, born March 9!

Parenthood has arrived for Lucas Armstrong and family, now that Samuel Ulrich Armstrong has arrived! Born on March 9 2015, Samuel becomes our youngest Fleet member, shown with his proud father. It appears that the Vargish’s and their fabulous 5 person crew moves have started a trend.  Perhaps the Lightning Lab should include a strategy session on regatta daycare. Come to think of it, perhaps it will!  Read more here.

Twenty Six Fleet Members attend the End-of-Season banquet on January 17!

On a warm winter evening in January, twenty six DSA members converged on the home of Bill and Raeyane Cabrall in Highlands Ranch to celebrate the end of the 2014 season, have dinner, and conduct a short business meeting.

At the business meeting, Bill Cabrall was unanimously elected as Fleet Captain for 2015, replacing David Thompson who is stepping down after three years in that role.  Bill presented a Fleet Plan for 2015 that emphasizes strengthening flee traditions and growing the fleet.  The fleet discussed and concurred that it should host a Lightning Lab this summer, dates TBD, preferably in May or June. The fleet also unanimously agreed that if the Chatfield Fiesta Regatta date is moved from May 16/17, the Fleet will race there on the selected date.  And Steve Davis was awarded the Season Championship trophy for the 2014 DSA Racing Season.  Here is the deed of gift for that trophy.

Steve Davis accepts the Season Championship Trophy for the 2014 Season

More banquet pictures here.

Crew Needed for the SCYA Midwinter Regatta, Mission Bay, San Diego, February 21 – 22 !

Bob Stoller and Rebecca Bevrit are flying to San Diego to crew on Lightnings for the Midwinter Regatta, and want us to know that many other crew positions are open, and that housing at homes of SYCA members is a possibility.  Airfare is currently around $200.  If  you are interested in flying out to crew on a Lightning, please write to Bob Martin, the organizer for the Lightning division of this event, sailing from the Mission Bay Yacht Club and racing outside the harbor, in the Pacific Ocean.

A Summary of the 2014 Season is published

Check out this Summary of the Season PDF document!

2014 Fleet 488 News