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.

Confirmed dates

June 2019
8th Registration and measurements for the Masters and Europeans
9th  Registration and measurements and Test Race, Opening Ceremony for Masters and Europeans
10th Races
11th Races
12th  Races, registration and measurements for the Worlds , Masters/Europeans Prize Giving, Opening for Worlds
13th Registrations and measurements for the Worlds, Test Race
14th Races
15th Races
16th Races

17th Races and Closing Ceremonies