Addendum 1 to the notice of race


June 12-17, 2019

International Lightning Class Association (ILCA), the Lightning Finland District, and Espoo Yacht Club (EPS), Espoo, FINLAND


Registration will close on May, 15, 2019. If boats are not registered by April 16, 2019 they will forfeit their right to participate in the regatta and their slot will be made available to other countries/competitors.

This changes § 3.6. in the Notice of Race.

READ MORE: Addendum 1


June 8-12, 2019

International Lightning Class Association (ILCA), the Lightning Finland District, and Espoo Yacht Club (EPS), Espoo, FINLAND


For purposes of scoring the Masters World Championship only the first two races each day will be included. This changes § 6, SCHEDULE, of the Notice of Race.

READ MORE: Addendum 1

Registration is open!

Registration Information!
To Register please have your sail and hull numbers, Crew names including Date of Birth. Also, refer to the Shirt Sizing Chart below and know what size shirts you and your crew would prefer. Each participant will receive a shirt. 

Please complete your payment by April 16th to avoid a late fee of $100 USD.
IF YOU ARE FROM the USA  - Please send a check to the Class Office for the amount due. 
IF YOU ARE FROM FINLAND - Please make payment directly to the ESPOO YACHT CLUB/ HOLVI
ALL OTHERS - Please complete the payment with a credit card or contact the Class Office for Bank Wire Information.

Important Reminders: 
All competitors MUST be current ILCA Members, please be sure to join or renew prior to registration. 
Main sail and Spinnaker Numbers must match and Main Sail must include proper Country Designation. 

Read more and register on ILCA website HERE.


Dear Lightning sailor,

As outlined elsewhere, there are good public connections to take you from Helsinki Airport to the venue at Espoon Pursiseura (Nuottatie 19, Espoo/Matinkylä). Read more: Coming to EPS

But if your whole crew is travelling together and you have a lot of luggage, a taxi may be more convenient – and not very much more expensive.

The taxi sector in the Helsinki area was deregulated very recently so different companies have different pricing structures.

Here are some examples:

Helsinki Taxi: Estimate 52 – 65 EUR for Airport to Espoon Pursiseura (1-4 persons)

Lähitaxi: Price structure very similar to Helsinki Taxi.

Yellow Line:Minibus type grouped taxis, taking passengers to different locations. For 3-4 persons the fare to the venue is abt 49€, for 1-2 persons somewhat less. You may have to wait up to 15 minutes. With a private Yellow Line cab, the cost of the transfer is about 75EUR.

Other taxi companies may offer rides at the Airport. We recommend asking for a fixed price or at least an estimate.

Compiled by:

Patrick Andersson


Hostel Domus Academica offers accommodation for Lightning Worlds 2019

Hostel Domus Academica is located in the center of Helsinki near Kamppi metro station. Domus Academica offers accommodation with following prices.

1 person 65€/night

2persons 75€/night

3 persons 100€/night

All prices include VAT and also morning sauna. Every room has a bathroom, kitchenette with a fridge.

Hotel address: Hietaniemenkatu 14, Helsinki
Reservations:, mention code: ”LIGHTNING MM reservations can be made at any moment but not later than April 8th, 2019

Country Allocation/Invitations Announced

2019 Lightning World Championship Country Allocation
June 12-17, 2019
Espoo Yacht Club, Espoo Finland

North America 22
Canada (2)
Mexico (2) 
United States (18)

South America 17
Argentina (2+1) 3
Brazil (2+1) 3
Chile (2+1) 3
Colombia (2+1) 3
Ecuador (2+1) 3
Peru (2) 2

Europe 17
Finland (2+2+6) 10 (includes 2 extra as host country)
Greece (2+3) 5
Italy (2) 2
Switzerland (2) 2

Asia/Africa/Oceana 6
Australia (2+1) 3
Nigeria (2+1) 3

Additional Slots
-3 slots may be awarded by Executive Committee to countries not otherwise represented to foster or expand Lightning interest in those areas.

-If slots remain open, the Executive Committee may award 2 additional slots to the host country's area to further develop Lightning sailing. These slots can be by invitation outside of the qualification regatta process.

Confirmation Deadlines
January 1, 2019 -Countries need to inform the Class Office the number of boats they intend to enter and if they would like to request any additional slots.
January 15, 2019 -Re-Allocate any unused slots.
February 15, 2019 -Countries are required to submit a confirmed list of entrants.
March 1, 2019 -Re-Allocation of any slots not registered. April 1, 2019 -Registration deadline. (Late Fee of $100 begins after this date.
May 15, 2019 -Registration closed.

Please contact the ILCA Class Office with any questions or confirmations. 

Weather: Waiting for seabreeze

It will be very light in Espoo during 8-17 June. The sun rises at 3:56 and sets at 22:41 on the 8th and the day is actually getting even 15 minutes longer during the races. This is the only thing you can take for granted on weather in June.

We have a lot of warm days, but it can be rather chilly as well. The seawater temperature is rising rapidly but averages only 10-15 deg Celsius during that period. The air temperature at sea is around 15 deg C.  According to the wind statistics for June in Espoo the are 10 days with winds in excess of 10m/s and one storm day when we would not sail. However last year we had 14 days of wind in excess of 10 m/s. The prevailing winds are SW. The average wind is  N-NW  5 m/s for the morning which dies out at noon time and is followed by 5-10m/s SW Seabreeze in the afternoon.

Finnish Meteorological institute. Weather forecast Harmaja, Helsinki.

About public transport in Espoo

If you are arriving via Helsinki-Vantaa airport, the easiest way to travel by public transport to Helsinki city center and to Espoo is by train and metro. Take the circular train (I or P train) and hop off at Helsinki Central Railway Station. The trip takes about 30 minutes. The trains depart every 10-30 minutes depending on the time of the day. To continue to Espoo from Helsinki Cenral Railway Station take a metro to Matinkylä. If you arrive or leave at night, check the schedule beforehand here.

To plan more about the routes and timetables, Journey Planner is a great way to find out the fastest routes!

Public transport in Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen, Vantaa, Kerava, Kirkkonummi and Tuusula have a regional ticket system in use and it’s operated by HSL. Read more about ticket prices here.

At the airport car rental desks are on the ground floor between terminals 1 and 2. There is a parking lot at the EPS harbour.

List of taxi stops in Espoo and contact information.

To explore Finland further it’s easy to travel by train or by bus. To find out more about traveling by trains and to book tickets visit For long-distance journey buses leave from Kamppi bus station and tickets can be booked online.

Hotel accomodation for Lightning Worlds 2019

The Radisson Blu Hotel Espoo offers accommodation for Lightning sailors. The hotel is located about 10 km from the event venue, which can be reached by metro/bus or bike.

Room Prices:
2 bed standard 140€/night
2 bed + additional bed 160€/night
Prices include buffet breakfast and use of hotel sauna. Wi-Fi connection in all rooms.

Prices in Finland include vat.

Hotel address: Otaranta 2, 02150 Espoo
Reservations:, mention code: Lightning Worlds 2019 can be made at any moment but not later than April 12th, 2019


For renting a house we recommend checking Matinkylä, Niittykumpu, Tapiola, Otaniemi, Koivusaari, Lauttasaari and Ruoholahti. All listed areas have a metro stop and are easy to reach by public transport.