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Lightning

  • Designer

    Sparkman & Stevens

  • Design year

    1938

The Lightning is an American sailing dinghy that was designed by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens as a one-design racer and first built in 1938. An accepted World Sailing class, the boat is one of the most popular one-design sailing classes in the United States and is also raced in several other countries. Lightning, a nineteen-foot trailerable centerboard sloop, was originally designed by Sparkman & Stephens as an affordable family day-sailor and racing boat. She has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world. Awarded ISAF International Class status, the Lightning is sailed in more than thirteen countries and in the Pan American Games, and the Class provides a professionally-managed association that is among the largest in all of one-design sailing. The Lightning's rig is simple but offers sophisticated sail shape controls. The hull features a unique hard chine design that combines the stability that provides sail-carrying power, with flat bottom sections that promote planing. The International Lightning Class Association protects the boat's design and licenses custom and private builders to build boats under its administration. A list of Lightning builders is available from the ILCA upon request.

Build / Config

  • Vessel type

    Sail

  • Rig type

    Sloop

  • Keel config

    Centerboard

Ratings / Handicaps

  • Portsmouth

    87

  • Number of crew

    3 (typical)

Dimensions

  • Length (overall)

    5.7m

  • Length (water)

    4.65m

  • Beam

    1.98m

  • Draught

    1.51m

  • Draught (min)

    0.128m

  • Mast

    7.9m

  • Displacement

    318.0 kg

Sails

  • Sail area (total)

    44 m2

  • Main sail area

    16.44 m2

  • Spinnaker area

    27.87 m2

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