Rocky Mountain Lightning Fleet # 488

Last updated 02/02/2016


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 Thursday Evening (Spring & Summer Series) or Saturday (Thaw-out & Frostbite Series).

Crew – looking for a ride?

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

— Upcoming Events —

— News –

  • Fleet 488 End-of-Season Banquet  January 30, 2016
    Twenty one Fleet members and guests met at the home of Bill and Raeyane Cabrall on Saturday, January 30, for a delightful evening of socialization, dinner, and a brief fleet meeting.  At the meeting we nominated and elected the following slate of officers for a second year term:

    • Fleet Captain: Bill Cabrall
    • Fleet Secretary; Jan Davis
    • Fleet Treasurer: Bill Cabrall
    • Scorekeeper: Bill Cabrall
    • Webmaster: David Thompson

Officers will serve their 2016 term and will be retired in 2017.

2014 Fleet 488 News