One-Design Showcase

One Design Lightning

About the DN Iceboat

The Lightning offers a combination of performance and stability that eludes most one-designs. The Lightning’s hard chine and 130 lb centerboard give her the stability and power of a small keel boat going to weather in strong winds and allow her to carry a very large spinnaker for breathtaking off wind rides. The Lightning’s rig is simple, but offers sophisticated sail shape controls. 

Our 19-foot trailerable centerboard sloop has evolved into one of the most popular and competitive one-design racing classes in the world. Awarded ISAF International Class status, the Lightning is sailed in more than 13 countries and in the Pan American Games, and the class provides a professionally-managed association that is among the largest in all of one-design sailing. 

If you’re looking for a boat you can be proud to sail, one that offers dinghy handling with the performance of a sportboat, a refined design that’s free of fads, complete with the technology of today for both racing and daysailing – Get The Best Of Both Worlds. Get into a Lightning.

Class Information:

Class Contact: Laura Jeffers, Executive Secretary

Class Contact Email: [email protected]

Class Contact Phone:  727-942-7969

Class Website:

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Class Specs

LOA: 19 ft. 

Beam: 6 ft. 6 in. 

Draft: 4 ft. 11 in. 

Weight: 700 lbs. 


Class News

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On the morning of the final race, we sat down with a Lightning class legend and the fleet’s next generation to see what they could learn from each other.