The Lightning has been around for a long time but despite its more classic shape, it still goes fast and looks good doing it. 69 crews proved that at this weekend’s Winter Lightning Championship at St. Petersburg YC, the last stop on the Lightning Southern Circuit. There’s nothing like 69 boats on the line and 15 knots of breeze on a lumpy Tampa Bay. The result: Allen took 3,000 photos on Saturday. We had a great time showing a slideshow at the Banquet on Saturday night in St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s ballroom, particularly because we got to learn a lot about the Lightning fleet’s history and the members’ dedication, friendship, and generosity. Maybe we’ll end up in a Lightning when we finally find time for sailing again.

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