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About the Thistle Class
The Thistle is a high performance one design racing sailboat that is generally sailed with a three person crew, but it can also be competitively raced by two, particularly in the relatively light winds on southeast lakes. ¬† The Thistle Fleet is the oldest fleet at CYC, and we are part of a strong class association, one of the largest and best one-design classes in the country. ¬†This helps protect the value of your investment in a boat. ¬†In fact, many owners find that they can sell a well-maintained boat for about the same, or sometimes even more than they paid for it. ¬†
The class publishes a top-notch magazine, the Bagpipe, which not only reports on all the class news, but often includes rigging and go-fast tips that are specific to the Thistle. ¬†This helps beginners quickly come up to speed if they are so inclined. ¬†Moreover, everyone in our fleet, and all Thistlers, are more than happy to help new owners, whether it's showing them how to rig or tune a boat, climbing on board and crewing, or just sharing a few tips after a race.
The class culture makes the Thistle unique. The competitive design and caliber of sailors attracts top sailors, but the friendly atmosphere reaches out and supports brand new sailors as well. ¬†Our class members are mostly weekend sailors, but the current national champion is an America's Cup winner and past national champions have included Olympians. ¬†While we are strong on competition, the class enjoys a family atmosphere and often teams are comprised of family members. In fact, our fleet includes one 3rd generation Thistler, at least one 2nd generation Thistler, and several husband-wife teams. ¬†The Thistle is also ideal for junior sailors; many regattas encourage youth participation with reduced fees for junior members or host a short junior event in advance of the main regatta.
Designed by Sandy Douglas, the Thistle debuted in 1945. The sail plan consists of a main, jib, and spinnaker. The boat planes easily in 10-12 knots of breeze yet will also glide effortlessly in the light air we often experience at CYC. The class firmly believes in the one-design principles thus keeping all boats competitive, and minimizing the cost of staying competitive. ¬†In fact, boat #1 won the 1988 nationals and is still competitive to this day. ¬†The boats last!
- credit to the Thistle Class Association for the above information