Class History

With over 15,000 boats,the Lightning has 60 years of tradition behind it. This competitive 19-foot trailerable centerboarder is one of the most competitive one-design classes today. But whether you're interested in serious racing or just want to go for a ride, the Lightning gives you what you're looking for. Some great sailors have been 'struck by Lightning': Ted Turner, Dennis Conner, Ken Read, Bill Shore, and Greg Fisher to name a few. lightning-sailplan.gif

Boat Specifications

Length: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Beam: 6 ft 6 in (2 m)
Displacement: 700 lb (318 kg)
Sail Area (main & jib): 177 sq ft (16.4 sq m)
Spinnaker: 300 sq ft (28 sq m)



International Lightning-side1.75 Through-Deck Dinghy Block -04640 mm and 29 mm Carbo Traveler - 264940 mm Fixed Carbo - 265057 mm Carbo Ratchamatic - 2625Large Swivel Cam Base - 14429 mm Carbo Cheek Block - 35029 mm Carbo Clew Block Assemble - 3711 in Wire Block - 300X-Treme Angle Fairlead for 150 -375Aluminum Cam-Matic Cam Cleat - 15029 mm Carbo Double w/Swivel -342Micro Traveler CB Car w/Pivot Shackle - 2700600 mm Micro Track - 2707

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Adjustable Ball Bearing Lead Car

Upgrading to an adjustable lead car system allows you to change your lead under sail without having to tack to unload the car. The Micro CB traveler cars are very small and lightweight, but strong—perfect for the Lightning.

International Lightning-Boom vang1 in Wire Block - 30029 mm Fixed Carbo - 34829 mm Carbo Swivel w/Becket - 34129 mm Carbo Double w/Swivel - 34229 mm Carbo Cheek - 35029 mm Carbo Cheek - 35029 mm Carbo Triple w/Swivel - 34429 mm Fixed Carob - 34829 mm Carbo Swivel w/Becket - 341Double Bullet Upright Lead Block - 220

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Belowdeck Vang System

This split boom vang lets you easily adjust the vang from both sides while hiking. The 24:1 purchase uses lightweight Carbo blocks for the power needed to control sail shape without adding weight to the boat. The cascading system uses small high-tech line to help keep everything clean above deck.

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