Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Int'l Lightning Class Association Boat Grant Program recipients named

by Laura Jeffers on 13 May 2014
. .
The International Lightning Class Association's Boat Grant program begins its eighth season by announcing the 2014 grant recipients.

Ben Spector (22) and his team of Jeff Aschieris (23) and Sam Stokes (24) are from Charleston, SC and will be sailing with the Charleston Fleet. Ben is a recent graduate from the College of Charleston. He sailed on the College of Charleston Sailing Team for four years and teamed up with both Jeff and Sam to win two College Sailing National Championships. Ben was named a 2012 ICSA College Sailing All-American. Their mentor will be veteran Lightning sailor Lenny Krawcheck.

Whitney Kent (21) and her crew of Ian Walter (20), Megan McMahon (19), and Katie Hall (20) will be based out of Milwaukee, WI. All four are students at the University of Wisconsin, where they are active members of the UW Sailing Team. Whitney, Ian, and Megan were part of the match racing team that placed fifth at the 2013 ICSA National Championship. Whitney and Megan both grew up sailing in Milwaukee on mostly Lasers and keelboats, including both inshore and offshore racing. Ian grew up in Madison, learned to sail at Hoofers, and races J24s on Lake Mendota. Katie began sailing in high school in Lake Forest, where she raced 420s in the high school and junior sailing circuits. Their mentors for the summer are Bill Faude and Todd Wake, and they are looking forward to a summer packed with Lightning sailing across the country!

According to Co-Chair William Brown, 'It is always difficult to choose between the tremendous applicant pool we receive each year. That said I couldn't think of two more qualified applicants than Ben and Whitney. We are pleased that we will be able to introduce these two teams to the Lightning Class.'

Co-Chair Matthew Schon added: 'As a class we are very fortunate to be able to run this program for eight consecutive seasons. The boat grant program would not be possible if not for the support and donation of time, equipment, and money from ILCA members and suppliers. The Lightning family allows this program to be successful and is one of the reasons we see such tremendous applicants each year.'

More information about the ILCA grant program can be found on the ILCA website, by contacting the ILCA office, or co-chairs Brown and Schon. Applications are accepted each year from October to December for the following year's program.
Helm Events 660x82Barz Optics - FloatersWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

The Bridge – The Queen Mary – Essence of historical transatlantic race
The Bridge has invited the Queen Mary 2 to take part in an ocean challenge in a race against a fleet of giant trimarans On 2nd December, the press conference for the official launch of The Bridge was held in the prestigious setting of the Salle Turenne at the Hôtel des Invalides. The Bridge, a unique, festive, maritime, cultural and popular event, will take place from June 15th until the beginning of July 2017, in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and New York.
Posted on 3 Dec
Mark Light appointed Race Director of Clipper Round the World Race
Mark replaces former Race Director Justin Taylor who decided to stand down after almost a decade with the company. With four years’ experience assisting the race planning, he is now looking forward to stepping up to the lead role, one of the most challenging that exists in global sailing.
Posted on 28 Nov
Predictwind release improved racing and cruising routing function
PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach to what has been a black art of weather routing, used to chose the fastest route for racers or most comfortable route for cruisers.
Posted on 28 Nov
Only room for one at the top
The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. The results of RMIT's (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) independent testing are in. Zhik® is the market leader in waterproof durability with a new standard that replicates the real world sailing environment and conditions. It is an astounding four times more so than the previous leader.
Posted on 28 Nov
Marine Resources job updates
The latest jobs in the marine industry Marine Resources specialises in filling job vacancies within the Leisure Marine Industry. We have a variety of recruitment services to suit all types of marine employer.
Posted on 18 Nov
Zhik Avlare wins 2016 METS DAME Award
Do you know a child or perhaps a dog or a cat that absolutely hates having a bath? Do you know a child or perhaps a dog or a cat that absolutely hates having a bath? Well here are a range of Men’s and Women’s tops that are so hydrophobic the only adjective that describes them is hate.
Posted on 17 Nov
Southern Spars at METS Trade Show, Amsterdam
Southern Spars is attending the METS Trade Show in Amsterdam, the Netherlands again this year. Southern Spars is attending the METS Trade Show in Amsterdam, the Netherlands again this year. On the stand this year we will have founder and director of sales, Mark Hauser, senior designer Steve Wilson, sales managers Dean Harper and Paul MacDonald, general manager Peter Batcheler and other sales and technical staff.
Posted on 14 Nov
Watersports ARFA Goggle from Barz Optics
When on the water and you're in the waves, then sometimes sunglasses alone just don't cut it. When on the water and you're in the waves, then sometimes sunglasses alone just don't cut it. This is where the Arfa sunglass / goggle comes into play - originally developed for surfing, but applicable for a number of watersports including sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing.
Posted on 10 Nov
Olympian Bora Gulari joins Quantum Racing as helmsman for 2017
With owner-driver Doug steering the boat in Key West, Gulari will serve as strategist and begin training with the team. In January, when Quantum Racing toes up to the starting line at Quantum Key West Race Week, the crew will include Bora Gulari who is joining the team for the 2017 52 Super Series. With owner-driver Doug Devos steering the boat in Key West, Gulari will serve as strategist and begin his training with the team.
Posted on 10 Nov
World Sailing - GAC Pindar sign long term partnership with world body
GAC Pindar have confirmed that they have entered in to partnership with World Sailing. GAC Pindar have signed a memorandum of understanding for a long-term partnership with the international governing body and the anticipated relationship will see GAC Pindar become an Official Partner of World Sailing. The relationship will last until 31 December 2020, with GAC Pindar granted exclusivity in the marine logistics and shipping sector.
Posted on 10 Nov