•  Lightning racers rounding a mark
  •  Lightning upwind race leg
  •  Lightning Racers
  •  Spinnaker
  •  Lightning Crew
  •  Lightning Sail and Spinnaker
  •  Lightning Race Fleet

Lightning Fleet

The Susquehanna Yacht Club is home to Lightning Fleet 253, racing on Lake Clarke every Wednesday evening and during special weekend regattas between mid May through the end of October. The 19 ft. Lightning is recognized international one design racer with 150 fleets worldwide.  

Our Fleet has been a “chartered” member of the International Lighting Class Association (www.lightningclass.org) since 1954 with significant participation in the 60’s with 31 Lightnings in the Drysail Area in front of the SYC Clubhouse. Currently, there are typically 10 – 12 Lightning owners and crew challenging one another for the Frey Cup each year.  Trevor Prior is our current 2016 Fleet Champion with crew Daniel Rau and Matt Jay.

Several of our skippers travel to Florida each March to participate in the Lightning’s Southern Circuit held in St. Petersburg and Miami.  We have hosted sever Dixie District Regattas, with our traditional Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup in October putting 20 – 30 boats on the starting line. And, many fleet members are “regulars” at the Doc Gilbert /Potomac Cup the first weekend of May, sailing on the Potomac River south of Washington, DC, the Dixie District Championship Regatta, hosted this year by Severn Sailing Association (SSA) in Annapolis in 2017 and other regional regattas.

Our Fleet is very active in supporting prospective sailors by hosting the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “Adult Learn to Sail" classes starting April 5, 2017, led by Commodore Star Mikell (contact Star at star@adhmail.com). There is also one on one mentoring to assist racers at improving their skills. The International Lightning Class website offers articles, videos and more to support racers. To build enthusiasm and interchange amongst our local racers, the Lightning and Flying Scot racers host a potluck dinner at least once a month after Wednesday night racing. Each skipper (with crew) serves as race committee chair on a Wednesday race event.