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



Eric Kent Dan Parietti Peter Browne

Corresponding Secretary

Recording Secretary

Amy Villalba Dan Parietti  


Lightning Fleet 75 Events for 2014

Fleet Events for 2014
  • Annual Meeting - January 11
  • Fleet Ski Day - March 1
  • Lightning Lab - May 31- June 1
  • Magnus Pedersen Regatta - June 7-8
  • Junior Clinic - June 21
  • Fleet Summer Picnic - July 27
  • Labor Day Regatta - August 30-31
  • Last Blast Regatta - October 4
  • “Chile” Party - October 19

Last Blast Regatta

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

Come to Nyack on October 5, 2013 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. We're expecting a bigger turnout than usual this year, following the 58 boats that came to the WJMs in August. Go to the 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.