Developed as a fast, competitive MORC boat (Midget Ocean Racing Club) by naval architects Graham & Schlageter, Michigan-based Tiara Yachts built 128 S2 9.1 hulls between 1983 and 1987. MORC rules require more extensive interior accommodations than most "all-out" racing boats making them comfortable cruisers with excellent sailing performance characteristics. The S2 9.1 is a good all-rounder in medium air, best upwind at the upper end of a No. 1, and can sail well going deep on a downwind leg.
Lightning Rod is hull #96 and was originally purchased in 1985. She races with sail # 63054.