Lightning Boat Grant Program

2008 Boat Grant Recipients

Skipper – Will Brown
Crew - Ben Siegal & Leigh Kempton
Fleet 335, ILCA Mentor John Faus
Sailing # 15356

Will Brown

Will Brown, 20, a Sophmore at Brown University majoring in Political Science and Economics and a member of the Brown University Sailing Team. He got his start sailing at age 6 at Barnegat Light YC in Long Beach Island, NJ. He raced optis nationally and internationally before moving onto 420s, Lasers and Lightnings. Will started sailing Lightnings in the BLYC summer series at age 13, winning the Club Championship at age 15. Will crewed in the Lightning Worlds in Chile and Greece and skippered in this year's North Americans.


Will Brown

Ben Siegal

Ben Siegal, 21, is a senior at Brown University concentrating in Business Economics and was captain of the Brown University Sailing Team.  He learned to sail and race in Optimists, 420s, and Lasers at the New Bedford Yacht Club.  Recently, Ben has sailed extensively on J24s as well as being part of the crew for regattas aboard various other keelboats.

Ben Siegal

Leigh Kempton

Leigh Kempton, 21, is a junior at Boston College majoring in Business Management with a double minor in General Education and Human Development and is a member of the Boston College Sailing Team. She learned to sail an opti from her father and as a part of the sailing program at Island Heights Yacht Club. She then went to Toms River Yacht Club to join the travel team there. She has raced optis and 420s boat nationally and internationally as a member of several U.S. World and European teams. She skippered a College Nationals her sophomore year and also has run the Boston Marathon.

Leigh Kempton
2008 Racing Schedule
BLYC Series
BLYC Series

70th Anniversary Regatta – Skaneateles, New York
Central Atlantic Districts at BLYC (also BLYC Series)
BLYC Series
Atlantic Coast Championships, Rock Hall Yacht Club, Maryland

North American Championships, New York Yacht Club, Rhode Island
BLYC Series at SCYC
BLYC Annual Regatta
BLYC Series (if school has not started)