North Sails has been active in the Lightning Class for nearly seven decades and our commitment to growing and supporting the class continues to this day. Our Lightning designs are consistently proven winners for our clients at the regional, National and World level. We offer two distinct design choices so we can help fit you into the design that best suits your sailing style! If you aren’t certain which would be right for your team, contact one of our Lightning experts.

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Mainsails

Lightning M-5 Mainsail

The North M5 Mainsail has proven to be a total all-around performer in all sailing conditions and has been part of inventories that have helped clients win around the globe from fleet to world championships. Our custom headboard as well as computer designed clew and head patches help the M5 maintain a smooth shape. Built out of 3.8 oz. yarn-tempered...

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Lightning M-2 Fisher Mainsail

The MF-2 Mainsail is a forgiving and true all-around performer that offers consistent speed in all conditions. The ""fanned"" panel layout helps increase durability and shape control in a breeze. Computer designed custom clew and head patches help achieve an optimal smooth shape and increase the MF-2's durability and shape holding. The MF-2 is designed to work with a pre-set...

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Lightning 5-A+ Jib

The 5A+ jib may be the "winningest" jib design in ILCA history. It's designed with plenty of power for lighter conditions but can still be flattened quickly for lighter teams and heavier air. The 5A+ can be trimmed up to 5" inside the tip of the spreader for short periods of time, though it prefers 2-3” inside the spreader tip...

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Lightning V17 All-Purpose Radial Jib

New for 2018!

The new V17 jib was developed based on the mold of the R75 and the shaping of the 5A+ jibs. Utilizing a radial head and clew section, the V17 has proven to be incredibly fast and versatile in all conditions. The prototype was tested at the 2017 Southern Circuit where it won all the events and, after a few more...

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Lightning JF-2 Jib

The JF-2 is a powerful design with a full entry creating a forgiving steering groove . In most conditions teams find the sail performs best when the leech is trimmed about 2” inside the spreader. This makes the sail easy to set up and trim for maximum speed. The JF-2 has been used to win multiple class championships and has...

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Spinnakers

Lightning R-2 Radial Spinnaker

The R-2 Spinnaker has been the class standard for use as an all purpose spinnaker for many years. As a sail that has been used to win every World, regional and area championship, the R2 has proven itself as the "speed standard" Lightning sailors worldwide. The radial design makes it a durable sail that will hold its shape on both...

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Lightning DSD Super Max Spinnaker

Our newest sail design is the radial DSD SuperMax. The DSD spinnaker was designed with a focus on maximizing running and broad reaching performance. The vertical profile makes the sail very smooth and powerful while the horizontal profile allows the sail to maximize projected area when running deep This allows for open leeches which provides excellent VMG performancel. This sail...

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Accessories

Lightning Deck Cover

Dual purpose deck cover can be used alone with mast in place as shown above as well as when trailering. Constructed using rugged 12 oz premium polyester 900D fabric, North Sails boat covers will give you piece of mind when storing your Lightning or taking it on the road.

Lightning Hull Cover

Sturdy hand grabs aid in pulling bottom cover under boat and over trailer. Mesh ventilation ports located over transom flaps. Constructed using rugged 12 oz premium polyester 900D fabric, North Sails boat covers will give you piece of mind when storing your Lightning or taking it on the road.

Lightning Front Hiking Strap

Lightning Middle Hiking Strap

Lightning Aft Hiking Strap

Lightning Boom Whoopie

The North Sails lightweight boom whoopie is an easy to install option as a mainsheet sag preventer. Installed with strong, double sided adhedsive tape it keeps the slack mainsheet from catching on cleats and people during jibes and anytime the mainsheet is slack.

Lightning Class Experts

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Brian Hayes

Milford, Connecticut
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Ched Proctor

Milford, Connecticut
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Zeke Horowitz

Annapolis, Maryland
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Skip Dieball

Detroit, Michigan
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Torkel Borgstrom

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Jackson Benvenutti

New Orleans, Louisiana
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