Opening the door to the next generation

Published on January 8th, 2015

The International Lightning Class is accepting applications for the 2015 Lightning Boat Grant Program. The program, entering its ninth season, offers teams the opportunity to sail a Lightning in one of the strongest one-design classes in North America.

Each team will be provided with a championship ready boat, competitive sails and equipment, a mentor, and funds to cover some of the sailing expenses for the 2015 summer racing season. This is a unique opportunity for sailors age 19 and older to experience Lightning sailing at its best. The Lightning, a 19-foot trailerable sloop, has been attracting some of the best and brightest sailors over the past 75 years. The Boat Grant program is designed to open the door to the next generation of sailors.

Applications and proposals are due on January 15, 2015. Each applicant is required to provide sailing resumes, three references with letters of recommendation and include a cover letter explaining why they are the best candidates for the grant. Complete details on how to apply for this grant is found on the ILCA website:

For specific questions or more information about the ILCA grant program, contact the ILCA office or co-chairs William Brown and Matthew Schon.

Laura Jeffers –, 727-942-7969
William Brown-, 201-264-7251
Matthew Schon-, 908-868-8435

Meet one of our 2014 Recipients:
Team Spector (photo above) was one of the top finishers out of the 107 boat fleet at the 2014 North American Championships and qualified for the 2015 Lightning World Championship. Additional details.

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