The first 50 years of the "History of the Thistle Class" were written largely by Ron Small. Ron was a long-time Thistler - his first Thistle was #221, followed by #979, and #2690. Ron served the Class as Bagpipe Editor in 1952, 1st Vice President in 1953, and TCA President in 1954. In 1957, Ron pulled together the "Thistle Handbook", an early bible for Thistle owners. He sailed for years out of Huntington, Long Island, moving to Maine after retirement. Ron was a regular feature at many East Coast, Midwinter and National Championship regattas for 50 years, always helpful, and ready to chat about the Thistle. He also was a regular contributor to the Bagpipe. Ron passed away in late 2008.
Peter Hale, Editor; April, 2009.