Welcome to another issue of Flashbytes, we are fast approaching the RYA Dinghy Show and shortly after, the start of our 2012 season.

Subscriptions Reminder

If you have not yet sent Sue your 2012 membership subscription, then this would be a good time to get your chequebook out. Class Association membership is just £16.00 per year and great value, with a very supportive Class Association, lots of help and advice to hand, frequent website updates, on-line resources, quarterly newsletters in both paper and electronic formats, a good race series and many other little bits and pieces.

You can find further details and membership information here: MEMBERSHIP INFO

Boats Wanted

We have more people currently looking for a Lightning than I have seen for quite a few years, in fact we have so much interest that we have started a BOATS WANTED thread on the Members Blog. Not only are people looking for boats, but good second-hand sails and other kit. If you are thinking of selling, or have any other kit to sell, drop me a line to advertise for FREE on the website.

Up FOR SALE on the website right now are: LN29, LN402, LN406 as a hull only and LN266 newly posted up this week.

Check out the FOR SALE page here: FOR SALE

The RYA Dinghy Show

Preparations are well in hand for the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, on the 3rd and 4th March and we would be delighted to see you all.

On display will be LN410, brand new and delivered just after Christmas, the new SR Rig, the new Rudder Blade and lots of other goodies. Remember if you need anything from John, he can normally bring it with him, saving you the postage, particularly useful on the larger items.

You can find more details about our stand and the show in general here: RYA DINGHY SHOW

2011-2012 Event Series

The new events series starts on the 24th March with the Training Day at Haversham SC. All the details for this and all the other events are posted up on the website.

For full details see here: 2011-2012 EVENTS SCHEDULE

Noble Marine Sponsorship

We are delighted to say Noble Marine will once again sponsor our Inland Championships at Haversham SC. Noble Marine are great supporters of Class Associations, not only the Lightning, but many other classes too.

You can find details of their insurance products here: NOBLE MARINE INSURANCE SPONSORSHIP

Did You Know?

This is getting hard now, so who else knows interesting facts and snippets about our Class?

The strongest Nationals attendance was in 1999 and thirty eight boats took part in the racing that weekend. For the last few years we have been solidly back over the twenty mark at the Nats and of course we are looking for even stronger attendances this year. Nowhere near as scary as it sounds, helms of ALL abilities have a thoroughly good time at open events and the Nats, pop along and give one a try, you will be hooked before you know it.