Lightning Boat Grant Program

2011 Boat Grant Recipients

Lightning Boat Grant Skipper – Caroline Patten
Crew - Tyler Menninger and Michael Crann
Fleet 335

Caroline Patten

Caroline Patten is from Barnegat Light, New Jersey and is graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges this spring. She grew up racing Optis and 420s at Barnegat Light Yacht club and currently spends summers coaching in Bay Head, New Jersey. At college Caroline is co-captain of the sailing team and is majoring in Environmental Studies.

Caroline began skippering a Lightning last summer where she competed with Michael and Tyler for the Atlantic Coast Championships, and also sailed in North Americans. Outside of sailing she likes to snowboard and surf.




Caroline Patten

Tyler Menninger

Tyler Menninger is from Langhorne, Pennsylvania and will be attending The Landing School in the fall to major in Marine Industry Technology.

Tyler began sailing at Barnegat Light Yacht Club where he learned to sail Optis and Lasers. Since then, he has sailed in everything from the weekly interclub series’ to Laser Nationals.  Tyler became involved with the Lightning class in crewing for his father, Peter.  Tyler has since been crewing for John Faus and sailing in every regatta he can get to.




Tyler Menninger

Michael Crann

Michael Crann is from Brick, New Jersey, and attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he played on the football team. Michael grew up racing Optis, Lasers, 420s, and Lightnings at the Metedeconk River Yacht Club in New Jersey. 

Michael crewed for Jim Carson and sailed with cousins Matty and Tara, and brother Timmy.  He has competed in a Lightning for several Southern Circuits, Junior North Americans, and Atlantic Coast Championships. When not on the water, Michael’s hobbies include sports, fishing, hunting, and snowboarding.



Michael Crann
Racing Schedule
  • 11 Brant Beach Annual one day
    Brant Beach YC, New Jersey
  • 18 BLYC Series
    Surf City YC, New Jersey
  • 25 BLYC Series
    Barnegat Light YC, New Jersey
  • 9-10 Canadian Open Championship
    Buffalo Canoe Club
  • 16-17 Central Atlantic District Championship
    Metedeconk YC, New Jersey
  • 30-31 Atlantic Coast Championship
    Mallets Bay YC, Burlington, Vermont
  • 7–12 North American Championship
    La Salle, Michigan
  • 20 Barganet Light YC Series
    Barganet Light YC, New Jersey
  • 27 BLYC Annual on the North Course
    Barganet Light YC, New Jersey
  • 10-11 Surf City Annual
    Surf City YC, New Jersey
  • 8 Last Blast
    Nyack, New York
  • 15-16 60th Frigid Digit
    SSA, Annapolis, Maryland