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									                            2005 NE District Winter Meeting Minutes
                                               Call to Order
The 2005 New England Lightning District winter meeting was called to order by Commodore Bill Fastiggi at
12:30 PM on Sunday December 4, 2005. The meeting was held in Moe L’Heureux’s building. The district
executive committee authorized paying Moe’s ILCA dues to thank him for hosting the meeting. Thank you Moe!

                                                       Roll Call
A roll call of fleets showed that 5 fleets were represented – 121 Newburyport, 145 Spofford, 273 Massabesic, 301
Malletts Bay and 493 Bow Lake. There being 9 paid fleets and 5 fleets present, a quorum (25% of paid fleets) was
declared.

                                             Secretary's Report
Copies of the minutes from the Summer 2005 meeting were handed out. Mike Aversa motioned, and Walter
Colantuono seconded the motion, to dispense with the reading of the minutes from the last meeting.

                                              Treasurer’s Report
At the winter 2004 meeting the cash on hand was $1295.86. The current balance is $899.91 with anticipated
expenses that would reduce our cash on hand at year-end to $604.91.

                       Description                       Income      Expense      Balance
 Winter 2004 Meeting Balance                                                      $1,295.86
                      Season Due s                                                $1,295.86
 Malletts Bay (301)                                        $125.00                $1,420.86
 Newburyport (121)                                          $80.00                $1,500.86
 Squam Lake (332)                                           $70.00                $1,570.86
 Marblehead (189)                                           $20.00                $1,590.86
 Lake Spofford (145)                                        $40.00                $1,630.86
 Lake Bomos een (227)                                        $5.00                $1,635.86
 Lake Massabesic (273)                                      $35.00                $1,670.86
 Bow Lak e (493)                                            $25.00                $1,695.86
 Annisquam (151)                                             $5.00                $1,700.86
 Unaffiliated                                                $5.00                $1,705.86
 Interest                                                    $0.36                $1,706.22
                        Expense s                                                 $1,706.22
 Winter 2004 Meeting (Food + Moe's Dues)                             ($115.37)    $1,590.85
 Lightning Tuning Videos                                             ($184.65)    $1,406.20
 Spring 2005 Newsletter Postage                                         ($6.29)   $1,399.91
 Donation to Leukemia Society for Brian Hughes Regatta               ($500.00)      $899.91
                  Anticipated Expense s                                             $899.91
 2004/2005 Yearbook Ad                                               ($225.00)      $674.91
 2005 Winter Meeting (Food + Moe's Dues)                              ($70.00)      $604.91

Walter Colantuono motioned, and Sean Fagan seconded the motion, to accept the Treasurer’s Report as printed in
the agenda and reproduced here.

Additions to the Treasurer’s Report after the meeting:
       Income: $65 from meeting attendees (for lunch)
       Outgo: $15.90 for Pratt Trophy plaques and engraving
       Outgo: $60.30 for lunch at the winter meeting
       Therefore, the net expense for the winter meeting (including $45 to pay Moe’s dues) is $40.30.
       New anticipated cash on hand at year-end 2005 is $618.71.

2005 New England Lightning District Winter Meeting Agenda                              1
                             Fleet Reports (and designation of fleet officers for 2006)

Fleet 121 Newburyport: Fleet Captain Patrick Gallagher (for now), Fleet Secretary Ann Snow
Newburyport had it lowest participation in fleet racing in years last year. But there are some good prospects for
growth, and also a number of good Lightnings at the club not being actively raced.

The Leukemia Cup Brian Hughes Regatta had a fund raising target of $20,000 and actually achieved $24,000!
Next year the goal is $50,000 and to help make that happen the regatta will be fixed on the first full weekend of
August in future years (starting with 2006). This coincides with special events in town (Yankee Homecoming) and
with a big PHRF regatta. That should increase visibility and participation. However, it means that in some years
(including 2006) due to tides, we will not be able to sail in the river, but will sail in the ocean. It will be an
enforced tow out of the river and into the ocean when that occurs. Also some years the schedule will conflict with
the Lightning Women’s, Junior’s and Master’s NA’s. The greater good of increased fundraising wins out over
these potential issues.

Fleet 145 Lake Spofford: Fleet Captain Bob Bush
The Lightnings only sailed two days in 2005 at Lake Spofford. One day of the Dave Fitch regatta (the other day
was lost to no wind), and a one-day mostly- internal regatta in September.

The yacht club has limited membership – 50 people and there are 32 SunFish (including ones owned by some of
the Lightning sailors). This year they will try to sail Lightnings on some Sundays, and will try to get in one
Wednesday night. Active racers include Bush, Wallace, Henkel, Rosen, Gemmel, Fitch and MacQueen. In 2006
they will host a one day regatta in June and the WJM and Districts in July.

Fleet 273 Lake Massabesic: Fleet Captain Walter Colantuono
The District thanks Walt and Norm on Race Committee and Massabesic Yacht Club for hosting the 2005 Districts.

Participation was pretty good this year, but never more than 7 boats on the line. They had racing every Sunday
from May through October. Walt, Joe Ray, Ken Deyett, Garett Hamilton and Toby Frank were most active. Moe
L’Heureux has mostly been lost to his new trawler, which kept the Lightning out of the water. Bill berry has a nice
Lightning but has focused on racing his Shields instead. John Mollicone joined the fleet to race in the Districts and
the fleet hopes he will join for some additional racing. Mike Adams sails some also. This fall some of the
Lightning sailors did some Windmill racing also.

Fleet 301 Malletts Bay: 2005 Officers Fleet Captain Mark Gardner, Fleet Secretary Patrick Zachary
2006 Officers TBD

The yacht club has about a one- year wait list but is very supportive of the Lightning fleet. They have about 25
Lightnings and get 10-15 of them on the water for most weekend races and 5-8 for weeknight racing. It is a very
strong fleet with good junior participation, including 3 junior boats at the Junior NA’s. Chad Miller, Tanya Miller
and Dan Kagan were 3rd in the Junior North Americans and will travel to the Youth Worlds in Finland in July. Bill
Fastiggi was 2nd in the North Americans. Victor Rossi is a new fleet member so the growth continues.

The fleet uses the District emailer for all of its communication and that works well. They hosted 2 regattas in 2005
and will host 2 in 2006. The fleet (along with Buffalo and Sheboygan) has expressed interest to the ILCA in
hosting the 2009 World Championships.




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Fleet 493 Bow Lake: Fleet Captain Ned Hinds, Fleet Secretary Bob Shapiro
Bow Lake had 100% participation of all floatable boats on eac h of their 8 race days this summer. When they are
all floating, that is 5 boats. We have several people (Jeff Baker, Mike Baker and a friend of Mike Aversa’s)
threatening to buy their own boats. A big problem for us is that we don’t have a yacht club or boat storage area. If
you want to sail with us, contact Bob Shapiro and we’ll find a place for you to hang your boat.

Fleet 332 Squam Lake: Fleet Captain PJ Blankenhorn, Fleet Secretary Janet Rosequist
Report provided after the meeting

The Squam Lake fleet had 14 boats this summer with 12 boats being the most on any given day. We raced July
and August series with only one or two cancellations due to weather. The trophies were spread around with the
Whatleys, Dan Egan, Art Cunningham, and Dwight Gertz all winning one or more of the perpetual trophies. We
also held our annual handicap “Race Around the Lake” with ten Lightnings taking on 20 assorted other boats. We
had 16 boats at our regatta, which had one day of good racing and one windless rain-out. Dan Egan, Gar Corcoran,
and Art Cunningham all traveled off the lake to New England Regattas and Dan Egan set a new standard for
traveling “off the lake” when he crewed for Bob and Sterling Bush at the Worlds in Chile. We all read his e-mail
reports during the regatta and envied his life in big time sailing.
        The fleet should stay healthy next year. We have lost one long time member with Allen Whatley’s
retirement from racing but the rest of us will be back and we have one or two potential recr uits. As has been the
case for a long time, our biggest “issue” is that we operate at the total mercy of the Squam Lakes Association,
whose facilities make our racing possible. They have been very good to us and we need to work to make sure that
the leaders and members of the SLA continue to see Lightning sailing as a good thing. So far, everyone does.

Fleet 151 Annisquam: Fleet Captain Georges Peter – No Report
Fleet 189 Marblehead Fleet Captain Rick Humphrey – No Report
Fleet 227 Bomoseen Fleet Captain Ray Harrington – No Report

                                       Trophy Winners and Presentations
Winners of the 2005 district trophies were announced as follows:
      District Women – Shelley Hughes, Ali Deyett, Elise Deyett
      District Masters – John Hughes, Larry Christian, Bob Shapiro
      Districts – John Mollicone, Rob McMillan, Dan Rabin
      District Circuit Championship – Bill Fastiggi
      Pratt Trophy for Outstanding Service to the District – Walter Colantuono
      New England District Sportsmanship Award – Bob and Sterling Bush

The Pratt trophy was presented to Walter; all other trophies have either already been presented or are lost.




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2006 New England District Schedule
  Month      Dates                          Event                                            Location
                                             th
  March      11-12    Deep South Regatta – 50 Anniversary will be special!   Savannah, GA (Entry fee only $50!)
             14-15    Midwinter Regatta                                      Miami, FL
             17-19    Winter Championship                                    St Petersburg, FL
   April      1-2
              8-9
             15-16
             22-23
             29-30
    May       6-7
             13-14
             20-21
             27-28
   June       3-4     Malletts Bay Boat Club Spring Regatta                  Mallets Bay, Burlington, V T
             10-11
             17-18
             24-25    Saturday June 24 One Day Regatta                       Lake Spofford, NH
    July      1-2
               7      District Junior's, Women's, Master’s Championships     Lake Spofford, NH
              8-9     District Championships                                 Lake Spofford, NH
             15-16
             22-23
                                                                             Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club, Long
             29-30    Atlantic Coast Championships                           Beach Island, NJ
  August      5-6     Brian Hughes Leukemia Cup Regatta                      Newburyport, MA
                      Nort h American Women's, Junior's, Master's            Southwestern Yacht Club,
              8-11    Championships                                          San Diego, CA
             13-18    Nort h American Championships                          Mission Bay Yacht Club, San Diego, CA
             19-20
             26-27    Squam Lake Regatta                                     Squam Lake, Holderness, NH
 September     2-3
              9-10    Lake Massabesic Annual Regatta                         Lake Massabesic, Auburn, NH
             16-17
               23     Ed Hinds Memorial One Day Lightning Flash Regatta      Bow Lak e, Strafford, NH
              30-1
  October      7-8
             14-15    Malletts Bay Boat Club Leaf Peeper                     Mallets Bay, Burlington, V T

The Maple Leaf Regatta at Lake Bomoseen will again not be held this year. We’re a ll looking forward to a future
year when this great regatta will resume.




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                                                    Old Business

Find Trophies
We continue to have a goal to find the old trophies (or replace them). The officers will continue to search old
records and attempt to find the trophies.

District Web Site

History Project
The district web site includes detailed results from 2005 and also summary results for each regatta throughout our
history, to the extent we can find the data. We need people to help fill in the missing information. Please look
through your pile of trophies, and any old information you have to attempt to plug the gaps. Contact Bob or Bill
with any info you find and we’ll get it posted on the site. Sean Fagan promised to look through a CD he has of
history from the Newburyport fleet. When the history was compiled, the following yearbooks were NOT
consulted (because I don’t have them): 1939-1972, 1976, 1979-1981, 1996 and 1999. If you have these yearbooks
either get them to Bob Shapiro so he can go through them, or go through the fleet and district reports yourself and
send what info you find to Bob. Or fax copies of the relevant pages to Bob.

Here is the link to the site – look under New England District History, and then under the specific regatta.
http://www.lightningclass.org/ne/Results/2001/index.htm

Sailing Instructions
The District web site includes a template for sailing instructions at
http://www.lightningclass.org/ne/sailing_instructions.htm

Please use this template when constructing your instructions. If you send notice of race and/or instructions to Bob
or Bill we will post them on the web site for you. Also remember to email the District and the Lightning List with
an announcement of your regatta, and to send results and photos to ILCA after the regatta.

EMailer
Please encourage all of your fleet members, crew, associates to sign up on the District emailer. Then use the
emailer for your fleet communications. If you need your email changed, contact Bob or Bill. You can add your
name by yourself, using the following link:
http://www.lightningclass.org/ne/email_interface/contacts1/submission_form.asp

Bill reported that Lou Pocharski (former World Champion from Marblehead) has signed up on the list.

Communication with and Assistance for New and Prospective Members
Sterling Bush encouraged the officers and members to be proactive in attempting to help new and prospective
members.




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                                                   New Business
Communication
Please write your fleet reports for the yearbook now and send them in to the ILCA. Include photos and make sure
to mention everyone – this is a chance to sell, market and recognize. Include your fleet location. Please add your
regattas to the ILCA Racing Calendar. http://www.lightningclass.org/Calendar/calendar.asp

Growth
Please reach out to unaffiliated members and to people who might be able to help reactivate any stagnant fleets.
There are several boats on Harriman Reservoir in Southern Vermont and Bob Bush will contact them. There are
two people on Newfound Lake (Tripp Blair and Doug Watts) and Bob Shapiro will maintain contact with them.
Tripp has attended regattas the last 2 years. Bob and Bill will reach out to Carter White and Bob Kaszynski in
Maine to see what support they might need.

One growth strategy is to find people who own boats but aren’t racing, and try to help them overcome whatever the
reasons are that they aren’t racing. Another is to get people to crew on your boat and then encourage them to get
their own boats.

Future Districts in Marblehead
The Marblehead fleet is interested in holding the New England Districts in 2007 or 2008. Lightning sailor CH Ritt
is Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club and Rick Humphrey is holding down the fort for Lightning sailing in
Marblehead. There was enthusiastic support at the meeting for the idea. Subsequent to the meeting, Rick
Humphrey has been informed we would welcome a proposal.

Nominating Committee for 2007/2008 Officers
Please let Bill or Bob know if you would like to volunteer for this committee, which will form this summer. Bill
noted that if you want to avoid being nominated, being on the committee is a good step!

ILCA Matters
Proposal to allow VHF radios and GPS did not pass. Bill voted against since District member s seem to be mostly
against. Contact Bill or ILCA officers if you have opinions.

ILCA matters are voted on at St Pete and the NA’s, except at the World’s instead of the NA’s when there is a
World’s that year.

Country qualification for the World’s passed so Canada now qualifies at the NA’s.

Walter asked if the expense of the yearbook was worth it and if there was consideration to making it online only.

Bob Bush talked about the judges in Chile being disappointed with the lack of sportsmanship displayed. Many
examples of contact occurred without penalties. Bob also mentioned that the Lightning being back in the Pan Am
games is very important financially to South American participation in the class. Also, the rules around graphics
on spinnakers were enforced at the Worlds. Sharks, Apples and other graphics are against the rules.

                                                    Seminar
The Lightning skipper and crew technique video was viewed in interactive mode, with Bill Fastiggi discussing
some of the finer points and answering questions. There will be an on the water quiz at Malletts Bay at the
beginning of June!

                                               Adjournment
Bob Bush made a motion to adjourn that was seconded by Mike Aversa. The meeting was adjourned at 3:26 PM.


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                                        2005 New England Lightning District Circuit Championship
                                      Spring     Dave Fitch   District   Brian Hughes     Squam       Lake      Bow     Leaf
 Rank                Skipper          Regatta     Memorial    Champs       Memorial        Lake    Massabesic   Lake   Peeper   Total
   1              Bill Fastiggi          6           1           2             1            17         13         1      11      52
   2             Brian Gibbs             1          10           9             4            17          3        15       2      61
   3                Bob Bush            17           2          13            14             1         13         3       3      66
   4            Patrick Zachary          4           3          11             3            17         13        15       5      71
   5           Don/Kate Brush            8          10           7            14            17         13        15       1      85
   6            Stu Nickerson            5          10           4            14            17         13        15      11      89
   7           Bob/Greg Shapiro         17           7          23            14             6          4         7      11      89
   8              Ben Wallace           15           6           8             5            17         13        15      11      90
   9               Todd Cox              2          10          10            14            17         13        15       9      90
  10              Nick Aswad             3           4          15            14            17         13        15      11      92
  11           Ray Harrington            7          10           5            14            17         13        15      11      92
  12                Dan Egan            17          10          23            14             3          2        15      11      95
  13             John Hughes            17          10          19             6            10          7        15      11      95
  14          James Unsworth            10          10           6            14            17         13        15      11      96
  15                 Joe Ray            17          10          12            14            17          1        15      11      97
  16            John Mollicone          17          10           1            14            17         13        15      11      98
  17               Ned Hinds            17          10          23            14             5         10         8      11      98
  18           Norm/Ken Deyett          17          10          23            14            17          5         2      11      99
  19            Bretton Gardner         17          10           3            14            17         13        15      11     100
  20         John/Art Cunningham        17          10          23            14             8         13         4      11     100
  21          Chad/Tanya Miller         17           5          14            14            17          8        15      10     100
  22            Mark Gardner             9          10          16            14            17         13        15       8     102
  23           Patrick Gallagher        17          10          23             7            17         10         9      11     104
  24             Georges Peter          17          10          23            14             2         13        15      11     105
  25             Dw ight Gertz          17          10          23            14             4         13        15      11     107
  26           Walt Colantuono          17          10          17            14            17          6        15      11     107
  27               Joe Rosen            17          10          23            14            17         13         6       7     107
  28             Erik Johnson           17          10          23             2            17         13        15      11     108
  29             Pat McQueen            17           8          23            14             9         12        15      11     109
  30             Sean Fagan             13          10          18            12            17         13        15      11     109
  31             Allan Whatley          17          10          23            14             7         13        15      11     110
  32              Mike Aversa           17          10          23            14            17         13         5      11     110
  33                Al Baker            12          10          23            14            17         13        15       6     110
  34           Mike/Ron Adams           17          10          20            14            17          9        15      11     113
  35           Heather Ambrose          17          10          23            14            17         13        15       4     113
  36             Doug DeCluitt          17          10          23            14            11         13        15      11     114
  37            David Gorman            11          10          23            14            17         13        15      11     114
  38            Mark Dieselman          17          10          23             8            17         13        15      11     114
  39               Will Abbott          17          10          23            14            12         13        15      11     115
  40             Dillon Majoros         17          10          23             9            17         13        15      11     115
  41             Gar Corcoran           17          10          23            14            17         13        10      11     115
  42             Al Macquarrie          17          10          23            14            13         13        15      11     116
  43          Patrick Mc Cormick        17          10          23            10            17         13        15      11     116
  44             John Boynton           17          10          23            14            17         13        11      11     116
  45              Wally Ackley          17          10          23            14            14         13        15      11     117
  46               Bill Gynan           17          10          23            11            17         13        15      11     117
  47             Dick Fastiggi          14          10          23            14            17         13        15      11     117
  48              Toby Frank            17          10          21            14            17         12        15      11     117
  49               Tripp Blair          17          10          23            14            17         13        12      11     117
  50             Dave Closson           17          10          23            14            15         13        15      11     118
  51           Garrett Hamilton         17          10          23            14            17         11        15      11     118
  52              Norb Church           17          10          23            14            17         13        13      11     118
  53            PJ Blankenhorn          17          10          23            14            16         13        15      11     119
  54                Tom Fitch           17           9          23            14            17         13        15      11     119
  55              Arnie Tran            16          10          23            14            17         13        15      11     119
  56             John Messuer           17          10          22            14            17         13        15      11     119
  57            Martin Osterode         17          10          23            13            17         13        15      11     119
Fin ishes of non New England boats not included in scoring.




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                                                              2005 New England District Regattas Results
            Event                               First Place                                 Second Place                                       Third Place
    MBBC Spring Regatta                            Peter Hall                                 Jamie Allan                   Brian Gibbs, Beth Holland, Mike Boardman
   Lake Spofford Dave Fitch     Bill Fastiggi, Suzy Coburn, Lauren Harris   Bob Bush, Sterling Bush, Richard Randall        Patrick Zachary, Kika Bronger, Peter Hazelett
District Women's Championship Shelley Hughes, Ali Deyett, Elise Deyett                               ---                                             ---
 District Master's Championship John Hughes, Larry Christian, Bob Shapiro Ron Adams, Moe L'Heureux, Mike Adams              Walter Colantuono, Laura Wakeford, John Mosowitz
      District Championship     John Mollicone, Rob McMillan, Dan Rabin Bill Fastiggi, Suzy Coburn, Brad Harris             Bretton Gardner, Erik Johnson, Karl Johnson
  Newburyport Brian Hughes      Bill Fastiggi, Suzy Coburn, Tanya Miller    Erik Johnson, Karl Johnson, Marilynne Johnson Joel Humphrey, Miss MacCormic, Nick Iwasko
     Squam Lake Regatta         Bob Bush, Sterling Bush, Tom Fitch          Georges Peter, Alison Peter, Brian Hayes        Dan Egan, Sue Radcliffe, Gar Corcoran
   Lake Massabesic Regatta      Joe Ray, Nick Mercier, Matt Mercier         Dan Egan, Sue Radcliffe, Gar Corcoran           Brian Gibbs, Beth Holland, Mike Boardman
      Bow Lake Ed Hinds         Bill Fastiggi, Suzy Coburn, Chip Kaupp      Ken Deyett, Ali Deyett, Larry Christian         Bob Bush, Sterling Bush, Dan Egan
      MBBC Leaf Peeper          Bill Mauk, Bill Fastiggi, Suzy Coburn       Don Brush, LeeAnn Smith, Erica Beck             Brian Gibbs, Beth Holland, Mike Boardman




New England Lightning District Regatta Participation – Recent History
                                                                        Number of Boats
              Regatta                         2002                     2003             2004                     2005
  Malletts Bay Boat Club Spring                18                        16              24                        21
      Bomoseen Maple Leaf                      11                  (cancelled?)           9                     not held
        Spofford Dave Fitch                    13                   about 10?            11                         9
             Master's                           5                         2               6                         3
              Junior's                          1                         2               4                         0
             Women's                            2                         3               3                         1
              Districts                        26                        26              27                        23
    Newburyport Brian Hughes                   14                    (Districts)          9                        15
           Squam Lake                          14                        16              18                        16
         Lake Massabesic                        9                        ??              11                        12
        Bow Lak e Ed Hinds                     12                         9              14                        14
Mallets Bay Boat Club Leaf Peeper              18                        13              18                        13
                                        Bow Lak e WJM
         Districts held at                                         Newburyport          Burlington             Massabesic
                                       Burlington Districts




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