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Established in 1943, Fleet 50 is proud to carry on the tradition of the Lightning as the longest enduring, most competitive and fun one-design racing class in the Washington DC metro area. Lightning Fleet 50 is affiliated with the Potomac River Sailing Association (PRSA) and we sail on the Potomac River out of the Washington Sailing Marina just south of Reagan National Airport. We currently have about 35 active and semi-active boats. Our racing schedule runs from the beginning of April through the mid-November each year. The racing season includes an eight-week Sunday Spring and an eight-week Sunday Fall series. In addition we host the Doc Gilbert Potomac Cup in early May (our Dixie District Lightning Regatta) and participate in the PRSA Spring Regatta (Memorial Day weekend) and in the PRSA President’s Cup in September. Many of our members also travel to Lightning regattas on the International Lightning Class Association regatta circuit.
Fleet 50 members display a wide range of sailing experience consisting of seasoned veteran Lightning sailors as well as several first time boat owners. The range of skill levels will challenge serious racers looking for good competition while providing fun competitive camaraderie in the middle and back of the fleet. The more experienced sailors are also always ready and willing to offer advice and instruction to newer sailors looking to improve. Our post races barbeques also have many beers, burgers, and hotdogs to go around.
The skippers in our Lightning Fleet 50 have vast experience buying used but ready-to-race Lightnings (recommended) to major restoration projects (if you are so inclined). They would love to help you buy a Lightning that fits your budget and interests. If you are interested in Fleet 50 explore our website for more information and always feel free to come down to the docks anytime we are scheduled to be out on the water. Someone will always be looking for a crew!
The Lightning class is the longest operating and best organized one-design sailing class in the world. More than 15,000 hulls have been built for 130 fleets across the United States and in 17 different countries. Normally sailed with a crew of three, the Lightning is the place to hone your one-design racing skills. A Lightning will provide you the highest level of competition and skill development at minimal cost.