by Laura Jeffers on 12 Jun 2013
The International Lightning Class World Championship Opening Ceremony International Lightning Class Association . http://www.lightningclass.org/index.asp
Sailors ranged in age from 12 to 80 years old. Current champions, Tito Gonzalez, Cristian Herman and Alberto Gonzalez, Jr took the bullet in the first race. Gonzalez is a five time Lightning World Champion from Chile. Grant Alum Justin Coplan from Nyack Boat Club, New York, USA finished second with his team of Danielle Prior and Mike Carney. David Starck, sailing with his wife Jody and Ian Jones all from the Buffalo Canoe Club, Canada, finished third. A second race was started but was abandoned due to lack of wind. Racing continues tomorrow.