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“Who Run the World? Girls!”

Maybe it’s a stretch, but I’m willing to bet Beyonce took a cue from the International Lightning Class when she wrote the hit song, “Run the World (Girls).”  The Lightning Class has been a huge supporter of women sailing, with the first Women’s North American Championships held in 1978. Each year more and more women and girls have the chance to sail in a competitive class and have fun! At this rate, it seems that it will be the girls who run the Lightning Class world pretty soon.

DSCF0419Take Erin Gregory Jordan, for example. Erin grew up sailing at the Buffalo Canoe Club and got into Lighting Sailing at a young age. “My first Lightning regatta was the Lake Erie Districts with Tom Allen Sr. when I was 16,” she recalled fondly. “I was just getting into racing and was trying to get out onto any boat I could. The Lighting was such a fun boat and the group of people who race are so amazing that I was totally hooked!” For  years, Erin has crewed at various events, most notably with the class legend, “Fast” Eddie Roseberry.

Erin just bought Lightning 15279 this spring and will be steering in the Women’s NAs. “I finally bought the boat because my husband Shawn wanted me to have a toy and he knows how much I love racing in the Lightning,” she said. “I’m really excited to race the Women’s NAs because again, the fleet of people who will race are amazing, and its my first chance to get out for a big regatta in my back yard! I’ll also be racing with a family member and one of my oldest friends, so it’ll be a blast.”DSCF0423

Screenshot 2016-07-14 20.11.40We’re excited to have Erin coming out for the Women’s, as well as one of last year’s Women’s Champions, Sabrina Starck. In 2015, Sabrina and her mother Jody Starck crewed for Meghan Dieball in Tawas Bay, beating out Sarah Somes from Detroit by one point. This summer Sabrina, age 10, is ready to skipper her own boat. When asked if she thought she’d win the event Sabrina said, “I don’t know, I’m just excited to go and sail.” She is positive, however, that her boat will have the most fun of all the boats on the water. While her crew isn’t finalized yet, she’s looking forward to sailing at the Rochester Yacht Club, saying, “I’m thankful that RYC is hosting the event and working hard for us to sail.”

It’s shaping up to be a competitive Women’s NAs this summer. In addition to Sabrina and Erin we’ll have an appearance from past class president, Debbie Probst as well! Wishing luck to all the Lightning ladies, you run the world!

Still looking for crew? Wanting to crew and don’t have a boat? Sign up at the logistics board!

For more information, please visit the regatta websites.







Buffalo-based sailing enthusiast, writing my way to nowhere.

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