Flash Forward, The 70th anniversary ot the Lightning Class

Flash Forward

The 70th anniversary ot
the Lightning Class

by Laure Lillie photographie

By Peter Huston

The Olin Stephens designed
International Lightning Class held their 70th Anniversary
Regatta during the 4th of July weekend at the home of Fleet
#1, Skaneateles Country Club, in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of
central New York State over a nearly perfect mid-summer weekend. 125
boats competed, from boat #2, up through new 15300 generation boats.
The boat pictured above, #39, was built in 1939. It was a major restoration
project by Schyler Barnes that was literally finished the day before
the regatta began. You can read about the restoration and launching here.
For the rest of the story about how the Lightning continues to thrive

The Regatta – Woodstock
on the Water

The essence of this story is not about the regatta – the regatta
was just an excuse for 125 boats to come together to celebrate the reasons
the class remains strong and viable. There wasn’t much tie-dye
in evidence, but there was a lot of peace and love – and a ton
of fun. The Village of Skaneateles is celebrating its 150th Anniversary, and is about as nice a little town as you can find anywhere,
with waterfront homes that range from nice weekend farm cottages to
Newportesque “Cottages”