Welcome to another issue of Flashbytes, our e-mail news-brief, bringing you the latest happenings around the Class.

2010-2011 Series Ends on a High

Our 2010-2011 Series ended with the Dorchester Open last weekend. Twelve Lightnings enjoyed the sunshine on this super little lake. Many congratulations to John Claridge who takes the series title, with Caroline Key in 2nd place and Simon Hopkins coming in 3rd.

Race and Series reports, and the complete series results table can be found on the website HERE

This has been another very successful year, with growing interest and activity in and around the Class. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Class Committee and many others for their hard work, and all those who have participated in events, making them so enjoyable for everyone. I am looking forwards to an even more successful year ahead.

The Rum and Mince Pie - West Oxford SC

Our first event of the new series gets underway in just three weeks time, the Rum and Mince Pie at West Oxford SC is on the 12th November. WOSC is just to the south west of Oxford with easy access from the A420 and A34. Another super little lake with lots of room and a family friendly environment. This is a good spectating event with clear views of the sailing from the club house. Info and Notice of Racing: HERE

Again we are going to follow the racing with a meal down the pub, details below.

Class Dinner

Preparations for the Class Dinner after the Rum and Mince Pie are progressing well. It is great to see people making the effort and popping along for this end of season event. Everything is very informal, just dinner down the pub (the Lord Kitchener)after the sailing and I cannot stress enough, everyone is welcome whether sailing or not, Class members and non members alike, it really is for anyone interested in the Lightning and of course partners and family are most welcome.

Caroline does need to know you are coming to give the pub an idea of numbers and ideally your menu choices, details of which are on the website: HERE

The New Series

Plans are well advanced for the new series and we are going to try a few different things, with new venues, more two day events and linking in with other activities. By way of examples we are going to have Class Starts, which will be part of the series, during the first weekend of North Norfolk Week and this year our Sea Championships will be at Weston SC on Southampton Water, again over a weekend. Most of our weekend events have free camping on site and good value accommodation close by.

Boats and Stuff

More activity on the boat front this month with just two boats still available and a few people actively looking for good boats. Check out the for sale pages: HERE

Roger Thomas has bought LN166 and is planning to sail her on Lake Bala in Wales, if you know Bala, you will know what a great location that is, absolutely stunning sailing in really beautiful surroundings, I am very jealous Roger.

Class and Series Rules Amendments

We have made a small number of amendments to both the Class Rules and Series Sailing Instructions.

The Class Rules now permit more flexibility of boom configuration to accommodate both center and transom main sheet layouts.

The Series Sailing Instructions now allow more than one sail or mast to be used in a series, but not in a single event. Also only three results will count from any one event, meaning 4 events are now required to qualify for the series.

Further details: HERE

Did You Know?

The Lightning fleet is spread far and wide. Starting in the south we have a good sized fleet right down in Plymouth. Travelling north, there are Lightnings all the way up to the Pentland Firth, Chris Hill sails here, virtually in the Atlantic! Tales of seals and dolphins here. To the west, Nancy Roe sails her Lightning in Galway, which is about as far west and you can get in Ireland, to the east we have a big and growing fleet at Up River YC, on the River Crouch. These are about as far north, south, east and west as you can get in the UK and Ireland.

As far as I know, only one Lightning was ever exported, 154 went to Zimbabwe just after it was built in 1987.