Qualifying done at Lightning North Americans

Published on August 11th, 2021

Cleveland, OH (August 11, 2021) – Storms riddled Lake Erie as qualifying completed today at the 2021 Lightning North American Championship presented by Pusser’s Rum. In a morning plagued by rain, lightning, and wind, 60 boats took the water and contested the second day of qualifying.

Class legend David Starck with crew Tom Starck and Jenna Probst added two victories to their already impressive scorecard to win the qualifying series and cement their place, among 34 others, in the Championship fleet. The remaining two races were won by Colombia’s Gustavo Tamayo and Rhode Island’s Parker Colantuano.

Conditions ranged from a sloppy seven knots with chop to sustained winds in the mid-twenties. After facing pressure from storms in the morning, the race committee ran four fair races to complete the series and set places for the finals.

Championship racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow where sailors will battle not only for the 2021 North American title but also for berths to the 2022 World Championship to be hosted in Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Racing is being held August 10-14.

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