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Written by Bill Zeigler   

The Race season is not that far off. If you haven’t started working on your boat, you may already be be-hind! Soon, we will be toiling away at the Work Party and then putting our hoists in the water. The official club Race Schedule kicks off this year with the Bug Out Regatta on Sunday May 8th. The warning gun will be at 1:00 PM. Will you be ready?

In addition to getting your boat ready consider that, as a skipper, you MUST also address each of the following:

  • Be current on all of your Club dues and pay all fees and fines. When you receive your boat de-cal, please be sure to display it in the upper starboard corner of your transom.
  • Support the Lightning Class by becoming a dues paying Skipper, at least. In addition, it is highly recommended that you purchase two Crew memberships. The Crew memberships can be issued as “credit cards”, rather than for a specific individual – don’t let not having a regular crew be a reason for not supporting the Class. These will come in handy whenever you sail in a sanctioned Class regatta. Be proud, join the Class that gives our boats value and display the Lightning Class decal on the Starboard side hull just forward of the transom.

Support our Club racing by sign-ing up for two (2) Race Commit-tee responsibilities. Put your name on the Race Committee sign-up sheet at the Spring Work Party. Open sign-ups for Race Committee will be taken on a first come first served basis. If you are unable to attend ei-ther one of these events, please contact me on 248-930-8894 or, preferably, by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let me know for which duty (Old Blue or Whaler) and date you would like to sign up. I realize that not everyone has a strong desire for a particular date and “will serve when needed”. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make for a robust racing program. So, following the initial period of first come first served sign-ups, the re-maining open Race Committee slots will be filled by randomly assigning people to the remaining open slots. You will be responsi-ble for fulfilling your obligation on that date or arranging a swap with someone else if you are not able. I will distribute the completed Race Committee assign-ment sheet to all skippers.

These are three simple things. But, all of them are crucial to having a successful racing program and a strong Class. Let’s do our duty to keep the racing program vibrant, fun and viable . . . do your part.


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