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  • 2014 Nationals

    The 2014 Thistle National Championship will be held in Sheboygan, WI July 26 - August 1.

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  • 2013 National Champion

    Allan Turhune & team win the 2013 Thistle Class National Championship in Sandusky, OH.

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  • Thistle Class Association

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Wilson FamilyOver $15,000 was raised on Saturday, August 16th, at the 2014 Leukemia Cup Regatta sponsored by the Nockamixon Sail Club in Quakertown PA. Bill Wilson, who is currently being treated for Non-Hodkins Lymphoma, brought his family down from Rochester NY to participate in, and support the event. His youngest son, John, with Bill and his wife Carol as crew, won the regatta in a Thistle, and his eldest son Chris, took third place in a Laser.

Read more: THE WILSON FAMILY TAKE FIRST AND THIRD AT THE LAKE NOCKAMIXON LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA!!

By Mike McBride

The goal: 10 AM start, 2 races.

The reality: waiting onshore, then heading out, then 2 races in southerley breeze much like yesterday. We went up the middle much like yesterday. We gybe set much like yesterday. Unlike yesterday,

Read more: Thistle Nationals - Day 5

Kitchin team   Lloyd Kitchin, Brian Kitchin and Catia Kitchin win the 2014 Thistle National Championship in dramatic fashion in the final race of the regatta, which was held at Sail Sheboygan from July 28st to August 1st. They had a nice margin going into the final day, over the second place boat of Matt Fisher, Wayne Pignolet and Bryant Walker.  All they needed were two reasonable scores in the final two races to secure a victory. After a short postponemnet on friday morning to allow the southerly breeze to fill in, the 55 competitors headed onto lake Michigan for final two races of the regatta.  Unfortunately, team Kitchin got  a bad start in race 6 and were only able to dig back to 18th for the race.  Since John Baker, Arron Holland and Mary Ellen Brown finished in 6th, and Skip Dieball, Jeff Eiber and Abby Freeman finished in 9th, there was now only a 5 point spread between the top 4 boats (Kitchin, Fisher, Dieball, and Baker).  In the final race,Team Baker took an early lead and held on for a sizable win. Team Kitchin finished in 5th and Team Dieball finished in 9th.  This Gave Lloyd Kitchin and his family (son and daughter in law) the victory over John Baker by a single point.   Skip Dieball finished in Third, Mike Ingham 4th, Scott Griffin in 5th and Matt Fisher in 6th. Final Scores: http://www.sailwave.com/results/2014thistlenationals.htm

By Mike McBride

The goal : 10:00 AM warning, 3 race target. 

The strategy: pick a side, and go to the other one. 

We went out, and folks blew bubbles and tossed a ball around. Then the committee set the course, gave us a start, and we were off. Who expected that? Luckily we failed to execute on

Read more: Thistle Nationals - Day 4

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