Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
Lightning Fleet 5
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2008 Red Flannels Regatta
September 20-21, 2008
Sailing with skipper and crew of two, the Lightning is the place to
hone your one design sailing skills instead of flogging your wallet
on the latest high tech go-fast gear! As a club racer or as a regatta
circuit regular, Lightning racing will provide you and your crew the
highest level of one design competition and skill development at minimal
Some of the nation's finest sailors race Lightnings, and several have
made their home in Fleet 5.
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With over 60 years of success,
more than 15,000 hulls built for 130
fleets sailing in the United States and 17 different countries, the
Lightning class is the longest operating and best organized one design
sailing organization in the world. Established in 1940, Fleet
5 is proud to carry on the Lightning tradition as Chicago's longest
enduring, most competitive and fun one design sailing class.
"The Lightning class is, consistently
and by far, the largest multi-crew one design in the world in terms
of number of fleets, active class members, and regatta participation.
Lightning's are extremely technical & tactical to race due
to a hard-chine hull and advanced sail plan. The Lightning class
is, very arguably, the strongest level of competition in all of
one design racing, as demonstrated at the 2003 World Championships" - US
of the best sailors in the world are sailing the Lightning"
- Dave Dellenbaugh
Sailing from the Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club in Chicago's Montrose
Harbor, Fleet 5 is sailing club races weekly from May through
September. Nationally, Lightning regattas are held every week
of the year. We invite you to come sailing at the Red Flannels
Regatta with us!