Rocky Mountain Lightning Fleet # 488
Last updated 02/24/2014
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
David Thompson 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 –
- DSA 2014 Racing Schedule – Saturday April 5 is the first race of the season.
- 2014 Lightning Southern Circuit – Miami & St. Pete – March 16 – 22, 2014
Teams Thompson, Cabrall, Davis, and England are planning to participate in the 2014 Southern Circuit. Who else?
– News –
2014 Lightning Yearbook Report Submitted!
February 24 — the 2014 Lightning Yearbook Report for Fleet 488 has been submitted to the class office. See it here.
Fleet 488 end-of-season banquet January 25!
Twenty Fleet 488 members and guests met at the Aspen Room of the Heather Gardens clubhouse for a most enjoyable evening of socializing and dining, along with a short business meeting. Thanks much to the potluck contributors, especially the Cabralls, who brought two kinds of Lasagna using Bill’s mother’s favorite recipes, and the Tabers, who brought an exquisite mushroom sauteed chicken main dish. Thanks much to Evan Morris, who helped us arrange use of the Heather Gardens facility.
At the business meeting, Fleet Captain David Thompson listed the highlights of the 2013 season (see below), and Bill Cabrall won the Fleet 488 Championship perpetual trophy. David was re-elected to his third year as Fleet Captain and Jan Davis was re-elected as Fleet Secretary.
On January 4, David and Barb Thompson did a Star Clipper cruise in the Caribbean Leeward Islands. Read about it here.
Not to be outdone, Toby and Mika Hamer, in the way of a honeymoon, flew to Bangkok, Thailand, and did a one-week bare boat charter around the nearby islands. A story is coming soon.
Time to Renew your ILCA Membership for 2014!
Joining or renewing your ILCA membership automatically makes you a voting member of Fleet 488. Go here to renew or join on line. Active Membership is for skippers (boat owners); Associate and/or Crew membership is for non-boat owners. The dues for Active Membership are $45; for crew they are $10. Please select the US@Large as your District and Fleet 488 as your fleet when filling out the on-line form.
If you helm a boat in ILCA sanctioned regattas you will need an Active Membership; otherwise you will need an Associate or a Crew membership if you are crewing.
Log of 2013 Season published!
Be the very first to read all 32 pages of our 2013 season log — taken from the entries in this web page. Download it here.