Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club
Lightning Fleet 5



Fleet 5

Schedule & Results

Contacts & Links

Crew Needed

Annual Cost

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 cost.  Some of the nation's finest sailors race Lightnings, and several have made their home in Fleet 5.
one design chicago sailing crew one design chicago sailing crew one design chicago sailing crew
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 Sailing 

"Some 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!


Corinthian Yacht Club 601 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago, IL 60613