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By Mike McBride

The goal : 10:25 warning, 3 race target.

We left the dock at about 9:45 in a 5 knot easterly.  The race committee set a start, and we were off. Or so we thought. What had sounded like a start with an individual recall was actually a postponement. We flopped around a while, the RC set "come within hail", and planed off to the mouth of the harbor. The safety boats were kind enough to give us a tow in the dying breeze, and we had lunch on shore.

Around 1:15 the postpone came down, and

Read more: Thistle Nationals - Day 3

By Mike McBride

We went out at about 10, in a 3 knot easterly. The race committee set the line, and it very quickly went south, both literally and figuratively. The first start lacked a course flag, so that was abandoned.  Then we flopped around a while. The mid line buoy was a little proud, and there was current forcing folks over the line, so the second start was recalled. Then we flopped around a little. The Easterly filled in a little more, and we started yet again.  We went left. Griffin went right. Baker went up the middle. We tacked to port, and had every boat but one. Then we sailed into a hell hole. The right began to encircle us. We got some breeze but it was a massive righty and we were outside. Bad news. Then it went left and we were back in it. Meanwhile Baker was winning the middle, and on the right, Griffin set his chute in the reversing breeze near shore. Baker saw this and his heart sank. Shortly after, we all heard 3 guns, and sailed in. The breeze then filled with a fierce westerly. We all sailed in, fully depowered, it was the most beautiful breeze of the week. It was 3 PM. All we needed was a few more hours and we could have had another race. But the incoming thunderstorms had other ideas, and our positions were secure.  

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There was 1 race sailed on the first day of Thistle Nationals.  It was sailed in an 8 knots northerly breeze with huge rolling waves. After four general recalls, the fifth start went off fine with a z flag over an I flag. The race was won by Mike Ingham, followed by Kyle Finefrock, John Baker, Lloyd Kitchin and Jack Finefrock.  The race committee made the right call to bring the fleet in after one race because the wind was dying and the large waves remained. Tomorrow looks like the wind will be from the West which would mean shifty and puffy conditions. 

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Grace Pytell tops a fleet of 6 all women's boats to win the 2014 Thistle Class Women's National Championship.  Five races were sailed in a 10+ knot southerly breeze, just outside of the harbor of the Sheboygan Yacht Club.  Click here for Photos


Scores are:


2014 Women's National Championship
Skipper Sail # Bow# R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
Grace Pytell 1340 46 1 3 2 1 1 8
Nicole Shedden 3945 13 2 2 3 2 2 11
Liz Barker 3764 41 3 1 1 4 5 14
Sally Rusk 4045 9 5 5 5 3 3 21
Amy Woodard 3868 61 4 4 4 5 4 21
Victoria Gibb 4023 29 6 6 6 6 6 30