Lightning Fleet 75










The Lightning is a 19 ft., sloop-rigged Sparkman & Stephens designed dinghy, with a crew of three. At 700 lbs. it is dry-sailed and easily trailered. The Lightning's elegant rig is simple, but abundant sail controls keep you busy tuning, making it a great boat for the novice and racer alike. With 150 active fleets world-wide, and strong support from the International Lighting Class Association, this is an active and competitive one design class. The Lightning is a fast, fun, athletic boat! Check out Lightning Fleet 75 at NBC. You won't regret it!

Fleet 75 History:
Magnus Pedersen founded Fleet 75 in 1945 as the first one design fleet at NBC. In 2013, we hosted the largest Women's, Juniors' & Masters' North American Championships and Classic Rally ever with 57 teams. To encourage young sailors, we started a racing clinic for juniors. 
Justin Coplan, an alumnus of Nyack's Junior Sailing program, went on to place second in the 2013 Lightning World Championship. With 16 boats, we average 7 boats for Sunday races. Fleet 75 sponsors two invitational regattas, the Magnus Pedersen in June and the Last Blast in October.

For more information contact:

Fleet Captain



Bob Sengstacken, [email protected] Dan Parietti Peter Browne

Corresponding Secretary

Recording Secretary

Amy Villalba Dan Parietti  


Lightning Fleet 75 Events

Fleet Events 
  • Annual Meeting - January 11
  • Fleet Ski Day - March 1
  • Lightning Lab - May 21
  • Magnus Pedersen Regatta - June 3-4
  • Fleet Summer Picnic - August 7
  • Labor Day Regatta - September 2-3
  • Last Blast Regatta - October 1
  • “Chile” Party - October 8

Come to the Last Blast Regatta

  • Posted on: 12 September 2013
  • By: Eric Kent

Come to Nyack on October 1, 2017 for friends and camaraderie, Fall weather and scenery, food and drink, and don't forget the great Lightning racing!  Our streamlined one-day format gets you back on the road early after a full day on the water. Go to the ILCA regatta event site and sign up now!

Complimenti to Team Coplan and The Walrus First Runner-Up at the Lightning 2013 World Championships Castiglione del Lago, Italy

  • Posted on: 15 June 2013
  • By: Eric Kent

Complimenti to Team Coplan and “The Walrus” First Runner-Up at the Lightning 2013 World Championships Castiglione del Lago, Italy.  Article by Amy Villalba

Lightning Fleet 75

Nyack Boat Club's Lightning Fleet consists of 15 Lightnings and consistently averages 8 boats on the line for Sunday races. The fleet sponsors two invitational regattas, the Magnus Pedersen, in June, and the Last Blast, in October.