The 2014 Southeastern Championship (Blue Chevron event) was held at the Muscle Shoals Sailing Club near Florence, AL this past weekend. We had 18 competitors from all over the southeast who enjoyed a beautiful weekend sandwiched in between storms on Friday and floods on Sunday night. Everyone saw the best and worst of Tennessee River sailing - crazy shifty and variable (0-10+ mph) winds on Saturday and nice relatively steady winds on Sunday.Thanks to everyone who came - 4 boats from JAX, one from South Carolina, one from Tennessee, 6 from the ATL area, and 4 from Birmingham - plus two from MSSC. Results are below.There are some photos from Saturday on my picasa page at https://picasaweb.google.com/tbglenn/2014ThistleSoutheasternChampionshipI'm uploading these on the Thistle class website, they will be in the Interact section.Also, one of our club members shot some video from a drone. Here's a link to that video which is pretty amazing:
The Thistle Southern Circuit culminated at the Florida Yacht Club's Orange Peel Regatta, March 22 and 23. In the Skipper Division, Midwinters East Champion Greg Griffin of Jacksonville, FL put together an extremely consistent series scoring all top 3 finishes for a total 13 points after 2 discards. Orange Peel Regatta Champion, Paul Abdullah, also of Jacksonville, finished second with 27 points.S. Petersburg's Kevin Bradley took the third spot with 65 points to complete the Florida sweep. In the Open Division, Griffin's team mates Ryanne Gallagher and Mark Reddaway were first with 13 points. Abdullah's new fiance and team mate Marie Thompson finished third with 27 points. Full results are attached.
Full Results here: http://www.thistleclass.com/2-uncategorised/164-thistle-southern-circuit-results
Thirty-two boats from 12 states across the eastern seaboard and mid-west ascended on The Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Florida, for the 40th running of the Orange Peel Thistle Regatta. Half the fleet attended the TCA Concentrate seminar and practice session on Friday. The sailors were treated to a beautiful evening on the St. John’s River Friday night at the Sunset party and oyster roast. PRO Tim Monahan and his team worked hard to get off a single race in the difficult conditions on Saturday, which was won by Paul Abdullah and team. After a fantastic southern buffet in the ballroom Saturday night the sailors adjourned to the now famous Pirate’s Den Bar for an evening of live music with a great view of downtown Jacksonville. The wind filled in Sunday around 11:15 to get off an additional race. Paul Abdullah, of Jacksonville, Alex Krumdieck, and Marie Thompson won Sunday’s race and clinched the regatta. Second place went to Greg Griffin, also of Jacksonville, Mark Reddaway, and Ryanne Gallagher. Sandusky, Ohio’s Sjoerd-Jan Vanderhorst, George Sipel, and Jack Vanderhorst finished 3rd overall. Thanks to all the volunteers, FYC staff, and sponsors who helped make the Orange Peel a special event each year.
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Length Overall - 17' 0" Beam - 6' 0" Draft Up/Down - 6"/4’6" Minimum Weight 515 lb Sail Area (main and jib) 191 sq. ft. Sail Area (spin) 220 sq. ft.
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