Courier-Post Camden, New Jersey 03 Jun 1971, Thu • Page 55
Lightning Class Sailboats Race at Edgewater Park
More than 40 Lightning Class racing sailboats will vie for the Central Atlantic District Lightning Class championship over Delaware River courses in a four-race regatta on Saturday and Sunday, district commodore Djoerd Hoekstra announced today.
Host of the two-day regatta is the Red Dragon Canoe Club of Edgewater Park. The races will be held at the club's facilities, lightning Class boats are 19', centerboard sloops. The class is the largest one design sailing class in the world.
The sleek racing craft are made of wood or fiberglass and fly a mainsail, jib and are allowed to use a spinnaker.
The first race on June 5 will start at 10:30 a.m. and the second race is scheduled for 2 p.m. On June 6, the third race will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the final race will start at approximately 1 p.m.
Lightnings from fleets from Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey are expected to compete. Boats must be measured and weighed and sails measured either from 3:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, or from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Red Dragon Canoe Club facilities, in order to race.
Eligible fleets include Barnegat Bay No. 3; Metedeconk River No. 34; Great Egg Harbor No. 99; Lavallette No. 104; Brant Beach No. 173; Surf City No. 196; Mantoloking No. 210; Riverton No. 228; Red Dragon No. 357; Normandy Beach No. 366; Penn Manor No. 422 and Ocean City No. 430. Registration may be completed at the Red Dragon Canoe Club Facilities on Friday from 3:30 to 9 p.m., or on Saturday, until 9:30 a.m. Thomas Slook, Moorestown, is Lightning Fleet Captain at the Red Dragon Club.
Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 28 Jun 1971, Mon • Page 20
Rehoboth Day, Del, - Bob Seidelman, Red Dragon Canoe Club, Beverly, NJ, successfully defended Delaware's Governor's Cup Lightning regatta in a weekend thriller on Reehoboth Bay.
A 30-boat fleet sailed at host Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association.
Don De Lorme, Baltimore Yacht Club, was runner-up. Ron Freund, Monmouth Boat Club, Red Bank, NJ., was fifth and clubmate Sandy Huntsman, sixth.
(Bob Seidelman was a noted lightning sailmaker from Pine HIll, NJ, and frequently sailed in our regattas as a noncontestant to test out new sail designs.)
Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 29 Sep 1970, Tue • Page 20
BEVERLY Alan Lippincott, Riverton Yacht Club, had a 3-1 on Saturday to win Red Dragon Canoe Club's abbreviated fall Lightning regatta on the Delaware River.
The series was cut to two races when the front came through Sunday morning catching some of the boats out on the river but most still at moorings. The committee then called off the race when the wind gusted up to 40 knots.
Franz Schneider of the host club was runner-up in the 22-boat fleet. Heinz Kornmann, Lake Wallenpaupack, (Pa.) Fleet, won Saturday's other race.
(I remember this well. I was a probationary member and crewing for George and Doris Betz. We had just had a lunch break and were back on board, getting ready to cast off for the next race. Several other boats were tied to the float when the wind started picking up. George pointed over toward Philly and said "WHAT IS THAT?" We all looked at a huge black cloud was blowing up to the sky, which turned out to be the roadbed for I95 which was under construction. Two teen girls were over on the PA side of the river in a sunfish, and they crossed the river in record time, and sailed right up onto the rocks, centerboard and all. At least one Lightning snapped its painter and others were blown or sailed to the shore. There were empty boats up and down the beach. One we found tied to buoy 40 up by Public Service. We were very lucky the front didn't hit when we were all on the water.)
Asbury Park Press 1971 Jun 07 Page 18
BEVERLY Bob Seidelmann of the host Red Dragon Canoe Club sailed on the Delaware . River over the weekend to win the Central Atlantic District Lightning championship regatta.
The top eight qualified for the North Americans to be held in August in Milwaukee. The CAD's were held early this year to give skippers time to compete in the World's next month in Finland.
Kip Heacock, Metedeconk River 1 Y.C., sailing his first regatta, was a surprising second, just one-half point behind Seidelmann.
Jack Elfman, Surf City, Y.C., was third and Normandy Beach's Alan Ruiter, fifth. Lightning Class President Jim Carson was sixth.
A 35-boat fleet sailed In J light air. The race committee had to shorten up all three races in order to finish within the time limit.
Seidelmann won the first race and Elfman took the second. Seidelmann won the final race sailed yesterday by a few inches over John Tiegland; The regatta will be held at Normandy Beach Y.C. in 1972.
Asbury Park Press Asbury Park, New Jersey 27 Sep 1971, Mon • Page 27
BEVERLY Art Ries of host Red Dragon Canoe Club won the fifth annual fall Lightning regatta on the Delaware River over the weekend with a 1-3-4 series in a 23-boat fleet.
Franz Schneider, Red Dragon, was runner-up to the light air series. William Trouber, Fleet 85, Niantic Bay, Conn., was third followed by John Emery, Red Dragon and Carl Stoebling, Lake Mohawk.
John Tiegland and Ries won races Saturday. Schneider won yesterday's finale working up from far back in the fleet.
The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 17 Sep 1972, Sun • Page 76
Schneider, Teiglund Tie for Lead
Two Delaware River sailors battled to a tie in the first day's races of the 107-year old Riverton YC's fall Lightning regatta Saturday.
Franz Schneider of Red Dragon Canoe Club won the morning race in a close finish with John Teiglund, also of Red Dragon. Dwight Hutchinson of Penn Manor was third and Pete Murray, also of Penn Manor, fourth.
Teiglund turned the tables on Schneider in the afternoon, winning handily. Schneider was second, Tom Slook, of Red Dragon third, and Hutchinson fourth. As a result the day ended with Schneider and Teiglund in a point tie at 2 3-4 each, on a first and second.