Welcome

To our second issue of Flashbytes, just a quick update on the latest news and Class gossip. Remember, responding to Flashbytes is a good way to give feedback, suggest content, or provide new ideas for Class projects and publicity, just drop the Web-Master a note.

Publicity

Issue 127 of FLASH was published and posted last week, so CA members should have received their copies by now. Rupert has produced another great edition, packed with useful articles and interesting commentary. We'd really like to hear what you think about the recent editions of FLASH, so please consider commenting on the website or forum. Your views, feedback and suggestions about future issues would be most helpful.

We've seen a couple of great articles about the Class and the boat in Yachts and Yachting, but this month's article (pages 48-51) really is a boost, it doesn't get much better than this for a small Class like ours. We do have a bit of a reputation - to quote - for our 'relentless self-promotion' but it does help. We always post an event report in the Classes section of the Y&Y website and you can comment and rank the postings. The more activity we see there, the more the Class looks active and fun. Take a look here if you are not familiar with the Classes pages: Yachts and Yachting Classes - Lightning

We have a really good reputation as a welcoming and friendly Class. I think without exception, everyone who has attended a Lightning open event has been surprised how informal, friendly and helpful everyone is. We really are a good place to try your hand at class racing, you will get help and advice both on and off the water, mistakes are allowed and the front of the fleet don't shout at people, or the back for that matter. You really have to come along at try it to appreciate how fun this can be.

Website Tweaks

We've made a few tweaks to the website. The Homepage images load much faster and are now linked to news posts rather than static pages. The slider now displays the three latest news updates. This makes the Homepage a useful place to go for updates.

We've revised the About Page, the Help Pages and added a new FLASH and Flashbytes Page so you don't have to save these e-mails, you can view them directly on the website, you'll find them under the About Tab. The Homepage looks a bit more tidy and reflects more current information and we've removed all the references to the old website. The Class Calendar has been updated, however this is an on-going task so there is always more to do here. We've also added more boats to the Boat Register and Clubs Directory and done some general tidying up of other pages, hope this to is everyone's liking.

Events

We had another good event at Manor Park SC, who made us most welcome again. Given the late change in venue brought about by the weed problems and Haversham at the moment, this went remarkably well. Many thanks to Lee, Emma and Manor Park for organising this at such short notice.

Dorchester on Thames SC is our next event on the 15th October. Dorchester has a great little lake, just South of Oxford. It is very easy to get too, on the main Oxford to Reading road, or via the A34 from Abingdon. We sailed there last year and had a great event. Info and Notice of Racing: HERE

This is followed by the Rum and Mince Pie at West Oxford SC on the 12th November. This event marks the end of our sailing year and the first event of the next. West Oxford is always a well attended event, with good spectating, the sailing taking place in front of the large 'warm' clubhouse. WOSC is the home of the Lightning, Mark Giles designed the boat here, so it always has a special place in the calendar. The sailing will be followed by the Class Dinner and is a super event whether sailing, or just spectating and catching up with old friends and Class news. More info and Notice of Racing: HERE

Our 2011-2012 season will get under way with the Hillingdon Open in April, however, we are promoting a Class Start (six or more boats) at the Bloody Mary, for those hardy souls who like winter sailing, watch the website and future issues of Flashbytes for more details.

Social

It was most successful last year, so we intend holding a Class dinner after the Rum and Mince Pie at West Oxford. Now the term 'Class Dinner' is a bit mis-leading, this is a friendly, very informal meal down the pub (the Lord Kitchener) just down the road from the sailing club. Everyone including partners, the kids, the dog etc are most welcome and some of us will certainly stay over. Last year we booked rooms at the Corncroft B/&B, which we can highly recommend. Val and I, Lee and Emma will be doing the same this year for sure. More details on the website: HERE

Boats

There's a good selection of boats available on the For Sale page, however, both LN282 and LN166 sold last week. LN282 has gone to Graham at Up River, not sure of the whereabouts of LN166 now. Use this link for: Boats for Sale