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Amendment Proposal: To Allow Position Sensing Devices and Technology - YOUR COMMENTS NEEDED

posted Feb 16, 2017, 3:44 PM by Thistle Class   [ updated Feb 19, 2017, 4:51 AM ]

Amendment proposal from Fleet #61 to permit technology to enable post race analysis

The proposal revises CMR #65 as follows to permit position sensing devices during racing as follows:


Revise Chief Measurer’s Ruling #65 to read as follows:

Electronic or electrical devices shall not be used except as follows: digital electronic compasses are permitted, provided that they do not have the capacity to display any information other than the digital compass heading; electronic starting timers and stop watches are permitted; position sensing devices are permitted provided that the information that is recorded or output is not used onboard.

 

CMR #65 Existing wording:

Electronic or electrical devices, such as electronic navigational instrumentation, shall not be used. Digital electronic magnetic compasses are permitted, provided that the devices do not have the capacity to provide any information other than the digital compass heading. Electronic starting timers and stop watches are not prohibited by this CMR and may be used.

 

 Reasoning for the change:

A growing number of devices exist today that have the capability to record speed, position, heading, and other parameters about the device’s position and movement. Most people already own a smart phone capable of recording this information, and many other standalone devices exist, the sole purpose of which is to record this information. There are several websites, including free services,that can display a recorded track. Carrying such a device on board while racing to record information for use in post-race analysis can be beneficial for self-improvement, education, fleet building, live race broadcast, and class promotion to name just a few. As the amendment states, such a device would not be allowed to be visible, audible, or otherwise usable while racing.

 

PRO’s:

1. Self improvement- Analyzing one's own race data can have significant value in improvement of one's sailing ability.

2. Education- Viewing a replay of a race in a group or classroom setting (think Coach-TCA afternoon debriefs, fleet racing recaps, accompaniment for slide shows at regatta dinners, etc.)

3. Class/Fleet Building- In order to attract millennials, juniors, and other up and coming sailors to our class, we must embrace the technology that other classes are adopting.

4. Live Broadcasting- This amendment provides for the ability of devices to broadcast live race data to allow spectators to watch races in real time. No more waiting for FaceBook updates or Tweets about who is rounding the marks first.

5. Advertising- Race replays can easily be used for advertising purposes.

 

CON’s:

 

 

Additional Information

During the 2009 season, the Seattle Thistle fleet used the Kattack Race Analysis system, for which they were granted a temporary exemption by the TCA. Low-cost GPS units were stored out of sight during racing (in a dry bag or rear tank) and data was uploaded to a website after all boats had returned to the dock. The fleet’s goals in using GPS recording were education and fleet building and the technology was very successful at helping fleet members improve their sailing. Below are quotes from 2009 from fleet members.

“Our fleet has always been welcoming to new members. We share go-fast ideas, hold ‘crew change & improve’ nights, and congregate in the parking lot to discuss the evening’s racing. Our use of Kattack fits right into that pattern and is particularly useful for sailors who are new to the sport (not just new to a Thistle) – precisely the sailors we are all working so hard to attract and retain in the class. Being able to see the decisions that more experienced sailors made in a race has helped new members learn about tactics and strategy…In essence, we view Kattack as a coaching tool, and so far it has been a great success!” --  Doug Stumberger 

“The Kattack allows one to see after the fact how one tacks affects the time it takes to regain speed. You can see how shifts were played correctly or incorrectly. We don’t have an issue with people looking at the devices during the race. I and some others put it in the rear tank, so it is not visible. It is a good teaching tool for both experienced and new Thistlers. It adds a new dimension to races by being able to see what others did and how they achieved their results. I think it adds to the racing experience. It is not an advantage on the race course so there is no mandatory must have to spend the money issues. If you don’t want to use it, you are not at a disadvantage in the race.

 -Wayne Balsiger -2010 PNW District Governor

   

I'm happy to provide feedback from the "middle" crew position. Kattack provides invaluable feedback for any team looking to improve their racing skills. In #3995 my job is mainly sail trim, boat speed, and reading the shifts. Kattack is a fantastic visual tool that allows me to compare (after racing) my boat speed against other boats. It also reports when my "navi-guessing" skills are successful or not-so-successful. (i.e.: how did I miss that big righty!). Kattack is the next best thing to a real life coach.

 -Laura Bolin – Fleet Secretary/Treasurer

   

I thought it was very helpful to be able to assess my boat speed against other boats and to be able to review and try to learn from my decisions/errors relative to the wiser members of the fleet.

 -Tom Staiger

  

Being a mid fleet boat, it’s been great to watch our sailing angle and speed against some of the upper fleet boats. It has cleared up some perception problems and helped us focus on specific issues which are far obvious in review on the tracks then it is in the heat of the race.

 -Fleet 61 member

 

 Submitted by Graham Vaughan, Fleet #61

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Position Sensing Devices and Technology

INGHAM, INGHAM, FINISH 1ST AND 2ND IN THE 2017 THISTLE MIDWINTERS WEST CHAMPIONSHIP!

posted Feb 6, 2017, 7:46 AM by Thistle Class   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 8:01 AM ]

Three races were held in PICTURE PERFECT condition on the final day of Thistle Midwinters WEST Regatta, which was sailed out of the Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego, California. Today, the 32 boats were blessed with 3 great races on the Pacific Ocean, in a perfect 10+ knot NW breeze with moderate swells. Mike Ingham, with Dan Fien and Terra Berlinskias as crew, finished with a comfortable lead over his 
son, Sam Ingham, with Alexa Cavalieri and Delia Ingham (Sam's mom and Mike's wife) as crew, who finished the regatta in second place overall. Third went to Hans William who scored a consistent 4, 3, 6 on the final day. Mike Gillum edged out Jonathan Posner for 4th place by winning the final race of the regatta. Posner finished in 5th. The President's Fleet was won by John Baker, Joy Martin and Aaron Holland, who had a comfortable lead over the second place boat, which was skippered by Oscar Barney.








Amendment Proposal: Change to Wood Boat Seat Floatation - YOUR COMMENTS NEEDED

posted Feb 3, 2017, 8:00 AM by Thistle Class   [ updated Feb 20, 2017, 6:51 PM ]

SEE THE BELOW AMENDMENT PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY FLEET #53.  PLEASE REVIEW THE PROPOSAL AND SUBMIT COMMENTS USING THE LINK BELOW.  THANK YOU.

Amendment Proposal by Fleet #53:

Change Chief Measurer’s Ruling #7 to read:

7. Buoyancy Tanks – Required. For wood hulls, these may be of wood construction or buoyant material such as Styrofoam. Supplemental flotation of any type may be placed under the seats, but seats may not be widened nor the buoyancy extended beyond the vertical plane of the inside edge of the seats. Flotation may extend beyond the vertical plane of the inside edge of the seats, but no greater than 1’4” from the inside hull skin measured perpendicular to the center line. Seats may not be widened. For wood and glass hulls, bow flotation may not extend aft of the forward edge of …….”

CURRENT RULING #7

7. Buoyancy Tanks - Required. These may be of wood construction or buoyant material such as Styrofoam. Supplemental flotation of any type may be placed under the seats, but seats may not be widened nor the buoyancy extended beyond the vertical plane of the inside edge of the seats. Bow flotation may not extend aft of the forward edge of the mast stanchion. Flotation forward of the gratings must be at least 14” below the sheer and spray must drain into the bilge. Stern flotation may not extend forward of the grating. If a block of unicellular foam such as Styrofoam is used for buoyancy tanks, artificial hollowing or cored shapes may not be used.

 Reasoning for this change:

Safety. At present, wood boats are not able to have as much flotation in the seat area as glass boats. Because of this, when wood boats are capsized they have less buoyant force and sit much lower in the water (~ 9-12”). When they are righted, they scoop up much more water and sit much lower (~6-9”) with much less freeboard above the water. This makes it very difficult to self-rescue esp. in wavy waters. Wood boat owners are not looking for an advantage over glass boats. The 1”4” dimension from the inside skin for their seat tanks is what glass hulls are allowed presently in the Plans and Specifications.  We just wish to be able to self-rescue on a par with glass boats.

Sincerely,

Christopher Klotz, Fleet # 53 Captain  



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Chautauqua Calling: 2017 Thistle National Championship Preview

posted Nov 3, 2016, 11:52 AM by Michael Lovett   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 4:40 PM ]

Chautauqua Lake has always been kind of a big deal.

During the Pre-Columbian era, the lake marked the southern end of a well worn portage for members of the Erie, Seneca, and other Native American tribes travelling between the watersheds of Lake Erie, which flows eastward to the Atlantic Ocean, and the Allegheny River, which flows southward to the Gulf of Mexico.

During the French and Indian War, the lake represented a strategic keystone in the battle for control of the North American continent.

And in 2017, Chautauqua Lake will serve as battleground for one of the continent’s most vibrant and competitive sailing classes: the Thistle National Championship comes to Mayville, N.Y., July 22 to 28.

A Community Effort

Similar to prior Nationals held in Edenton, N.C., and Flathead Lake, Mont., the Chautauqua event will be a community-supported, community-run regatta.  Chautauqua Yacht Club in conjunction with the Thistle Class Association is the organizing authority, with support from Chautauqua Lake YC, the Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Town of Chautauqua, and Chautauqua Institution.

Venue

Chautauqua Lake is located on the edge of the Allegheny Mountains in western New York, 10 miles south of (and 800 feet above) Lake Erie, 60 miles southwest of Buffalo, N.Y., and 40 miles east of Erie, Pa.

The lake is 17 miles long, 2-miles wide in the northern basin, where racing will take place. Winds typically blow along the lake’s long axis, which runs from southeast to northwest. During summer, in the absence of a dominant weather system, a southerly thermal (5 to 8 knots) typically develops in the morning, replaced by a northerly (8 to 20 knots) in the afternoon. Daytime highs rarely exceed 80 degrees, and nighttime temperatures dip into the mid 50s. Mosquitoes are rare, and the lake is perfect for swimming.

Mayville Lakeside Park will serve as the regatta base and boat park. Volunteers will launch boats using two ramps and a portable crane, and we’ll tie up along a dock built specifically for the event.

Lodging

On-site camping will be available at Mayville Lakeside Park. The park has a bathhouse with toilets and outdoor showers, and organizers will provide portable toilets and showers. For full-feature campgrounds, check out Camp Chautauqua and Camp Prendergast (approx. 5 miles away) or Chautauqua Lake KOA (14 miles away).

For hotels, Chautauqua Suites (1/2 mile away) is offering a special rate on suites starting at $141.99/night.; Webb’s Resort has motel-style rooms starting at $140/night. Find more information about hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals at TourChautauqua.com.  

Culture

There’s so much to do in Chautauqua when you’re not sailing. Catch a world-class symphony or opera at Chautauqua Institution, a resort community that has served as the region’s cultural center since 1874. Daily gate fees range from $16 to $82, depending on when you arrive and how long you plan to stay. (Free admission on Sunday.) Whether you take in a lecture (just what a racing sailor needs, right?) or attend a theatrical production, the Institution’s artistic and cultural offerings are sure to inspire. During Nationals, the programming theme is, “The Supreme Court: At a Tipping Point?,” featuring lecturer Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center. Visit ciweb.org/2017 for schedules and calendar updates. 

To create a self-guided tour of the Chautauqua area, download the Orbitist app, which includes maps and ideas for exploring historic sites, villages along Lake Erie, and more. 

Day Camps

You can even send the kids to camp for the week. Inside the Institution, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club runs the oldest day camp in the country, open to the public. In Jamestown, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts’ Time Machine Day Camp lets kids explore music and arts through the ages. Also in Jamestown, the Audubon Nature Community Center offers day camps to accommodate a variety of ages and interests. 

Outdoor Activities

Chautauqua is an excellent home base for outdoor adventure. Cyclists and hikers can explore the extensive Chautauqua Rails to Trails path, which passes right through Mayville Lakeside Park. Or hike the Chautauqua Gorge, featuring scenic waterfalls, refreshing swimming holes—even a designated skinny-dipping area.The Fred J. Cusimano West Side Overland Trail offers hikers and mountain bikers over 24 miles of trails. 

Like golf? Nearby Peek’n Peak Resort has a world-class course (hosting the PGA Tour over Fourth of July weekend). The resort also offers an Aerial Adventure Course, ziplines, archery, mountain biking. mini golf, Segway tours, a spa, and an indoor/outdoor pool complex. 

Refreshments

Need a drink? Beer snobs won’t want to miss Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood. You can also stumble along the Chautauqua-Lake Erie wine trail or sip a cocktail on the lawn at historic Hotel Lenhart in Bemus Point. 

Indoors

On a rainy afternoon, head to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy in Jamestown, or drool over the classic wooden boats on display at the Lawson Center in Bemus Point.

Schedule of Events

·      Saturday, July 22: Measurement; registration; Women’s and Youth Championships, Chautauqua Belle dinner cruise (1 of 2)

·      Sunday, July 23: Opening ceremony; practice race; reception; BBQ dinner sponsored by a volunteer fire department

·      Monday, July 24: Fleet racing; Chautauqua Belle dinner cruise (2 of 2)

·      Tuesday: Fleet racing; private dinner at Southern Tier Brewing Co.

·      Wednesday, July 25: Championship and President’s Division Racing; post-race reception at Hubbell Boat Club; dinner on your own

·      Thursday, July 26: Championship and President’s Division Racing; BBQ dinner sponsored by a volunteer fire department; Music in the Park (Mayville Lakeside Park) or Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (Chautauqua Institution)

·      Friday, July 27: Championship and President’s Division Racing; awards banquet at Chautauqua Suites

Registration

There is no quota, but early registration is a must. Registration opens March 1; early-registration discount ends June 1; registration deadline is June 15.  Competitors must meet the usual TCA rules for qualifying for Nationals, which may be completed after registering.

We hope to see you in Chautauqua! Questions? Contact regatta co-chairman Tom Hubbell.

Team Ingham Wins the 2016 Thistle National Championship

posted Aug 10, 2016, 5:25 PM by Thistle Class   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 8:12 PM ]

There were 58 teams that completed in the 2016 Thistle National Championship that was hosted by the Eugene Yacht Club from July 25-29, 2016.  The conditions were the best that the Thistle Class has seen in many years, with all 7 races being sailing in 10+ knots of wind, sunny skies, and comfortable temperatures.   Mike Ingham, Delia Ingham and Dan Fien dominated the fleet with all single digit finishes including three race wins.  They ended up with an 11 point victory over second place finishers Paul Abdullah, Brian Swingley, and Sarah Paisley.  Third place went to Kyle Finefrock, Brad Russell, and Nicole Shedden.  Fourth to John Baker, Aaron Holland and Joy Martin, and fifth to Mike Gillum, Bill Dexter and Alison Gillum.  The Presidents Division was won by Graham Vaughan, Doug Stumburger, and Liesel Mordhorst, with a 22 point lead over the second place team of Dean Iwahashi, Dave Keran, and Leanne Botello.
The Eugene Yacht were the perfect hosts for the competitors.  Nearly all the competitors camped on site and the club volunteers were able to provide three meals daily for everyone. Special thanks goes to Regatta Chairman, Stuart Ramsing and his assistant Nicole Tiffany for putting on a fantastic event. 


See the writeup below from Mike Ingham, which was posted on the North Sails web site:

"Eugene YC is a special place both on the water and off. We had been to the there for the last 2 Nationals, so we immediately signed up this year barely consulting our calendars –everything else could take a back seat.  When asked what it is like, I would say "The wind comes in like clockwork (no foulies required), the RC is spot on, the club members are gracious hosts, the camping is perfect, the scenery beautiful and there is never a drop of rain.”  Fortunately, the 2016 Nationals lived up to those exaggerations.

North Sails were represented well both on the water and off. Paul Abdullah and I helped many customers tune their rigs and we gave a “Dock Talk” to a packed audience. Thistlers are hungry to learn. North Sails claimed and impressive 19 of the top 20 spots! Just as interesting, all four North cuts were represented in the top 10 – North has a cut for every sailing style!

We got all 7 races off in Northerly winds 12-15kts out of the north: the thermal direction. This is the long direction on the lake, so the legs were full nationals length, which is a lot of hiking. The water was pretty flat, and the shifts pretty big. The high end of the puffs blew into the low 20’s and the low end was light where we had to sit in. Tricky stuff! The reaches were full on planning. It was good fun racing. I thought he tricky part about going fast was shifting gears. Those that shifted well differentiated themselves. We did that well and that was one of the keys to our win. Here are some of the things we did:

  • Constantly were looking out for puffs and lulls and communicating. Delia counted down the puffs and lulls: “puff in 3, 2, 1 puff on”, or just as important “big lull in 3, 2, 1, lull”. She was relentlessly observant.

  • I was clear about what mode we were in. If it was marginally overpowering, I would say: “full hike” and I would balance the helm by easing just the right amount. But if it got lighter I would say; “I am fully trimmed” so Dan and Delia would know to balance the boat by moving their body weight and I would trim to the top telltale.

  • Dan played the vang a lot with the increased wind. The more it blew, the more he would put it down to match my easing the mainsheet to keep the mast bent. He would make his best guess at where he thought it should be and then we would talk to fine tune it.

  • Same with the jib. If I eased the main enough to get a big bubble up front, or even flog it, Dan would crack the jib just enough to get that bubble down a little. We found if we eased too much, we would lose height, so the ease was subtle.

  • In the lulls when we were in that mode where Dan and Delia balanced the boat, I was very careful to trim to the top telltale of the main. It was easy to sheet too hard because having just come off a puff, I would trim in as it got lighter. So I kept looking up at that telltale and Dan would too. He would take a quick look every time the wind changed significantly and we would talk about how much trim was right. It was flat water, so I could stall it a good amount and still keep the boat moving.

  • We adjusted the cunningham and outhaul a little, but not much. Things happened quickly and getting the “big lines” (main sheet, jib sheet, vang, and boat balance) right was way more important than the “little lines” (fine tuning of controls like the cunningham).

    Most of the fleet camped out to perfect weather. There was dinner served at the YC every evening, and then we hung out by the fire and “karate chop” sailed through the evenings. Then we started it all up again over breakfast together in the morning –there was no reason to leave the grounds. We all are looking forward to the Nationals in NY next year. Those that make the trek keep in mind that there are 2 other regattas in NY, one in late Aug and the other the first weekend of Sept. So feel free to leave your boat at Rochester Canoe Club and stick around or fly back for those. Let me know and I will set you up!"



  • 2016 Eugene Nationals Results

    posted Jun 8, 2016, 6:14 AM by Thistle Class   [ updated Dec 12, 2016, 8:11 PM ]




    There were 58 teams who attended the 2016 Thistle National Championship at the Eugene Yacht Club on July 23-39.  They were treated to fabulous racing conditions and superior hospitality from the members of the Eugene Yacht Club.  All 7 races were held in 10+ knots of winds and most had some great planing reaches.  Not a drop of rain fell on the competitors, either on or off the water.  Days were warm and nights were cool, which was perfect for camping at the club, which was the preferred housing option for most of the 160+ competitors.


    TEAM LETTENMAIER WIN MIDWINTERS WEST CHAMPIONSHIP

    posted Feb 8, 2016, 5:40 PM by Thistle Class   [ updated Feb 15, 2016, 2:31 PM ]

    Southern California weather was “picture perfect” for the 29 teams that attended the Thistle Midwinters WEST Championship, held at Mission Bay Yacht Club from Feb 3-6.  All nine races of the regatta were sailed in brilliant sunshine in the Pacific Ocean with winds varying from 4 to 14 knots.  Only 1.5 points separated the top 2 teams prior to the last race of the regatta, but Terry Lettenmaier, with his wife Laurie Weitkamp and Marissa Balough as crew, clinched the regatta victory with a second place finish in the last race versus the 5th place finish of Mike Gillum, the defending champion, who was also sailing with his wife, Mardi Gillum and Gus Worth.  In the end, only 4.5 points separated Lettenmaier and Gillum.  Third place went to Chris Gedrose, fourth place to Phillip Gordon, and fifth place to Hans Williams.  The Presidents division was won by Kristofer Vogelsong with Elissa Hall and Amy Cook as crew.  Tim Elfenbein, with his wife Dawn as crew, finished in Second place. Evert Slijper finished in 3rd, Brian Bauman in 4th, and Steve Hale in 5th.  The 2nd and 5th place boats in the Championship Division are historic wooden boats, both built before 1960.  The second place boat, hull #1010, was once owned by Buddy Ebsen, the television star of the “Beverly Hillbillies”.  The 29 competing teams is the second highest level of participation in this regatta since 2008. 

    Double Deck Ideas

    posted Jan 16, 2016, 7:21 PM by Paul Nelson   [ updated Jan 16, 2016, 9:46 PM ]

    Mike Gillum posted this to the Thistle mailing list and it look so interesting, I thought it needed to become an article here on the website. -- Paul Nelson

    Mike says...

    My double-deck trailer which has gone cross-country several times carries the top boat right-side up using a Dolly fabricated using .120 x 2 x 6” rectangular aluminum Tube with fiberglass Bunks scavenged from a previous Thistle Trailer while the four corner Supports are fabricated using 3/16 x 2” square TS with steel plate Horizontals and “Saddles” to attach the Supports to the frame of the Trailer as well as the Dolly along with a pair of diagonals constructed of ½” steel Rod with Clevis at both ends and fixed Wheels at the bow/front and swiveling Wheels at the transom/rear of the Dolly.

    When we double-deck to Mission Bay Yacht Club it’s a battle to see who ends up with the Dolly as it’s so much easier to move around the yard and parking lot than the Trailer!

    Masts are carried atop the top boat using a pair of carpeted 2 x 6 Doug Fir Tie-Down Bars with 2 x 6 verticals with carpeted cut-outs to carry upwards of three masts.

    For 2010 MWE Dave Keran drove my galvanized double-deck Trailer, his boat #3905 and my #3820 on its GMW trailer back to St. Pete as #3820 was delivered to Richard May immediately following MWE.  For that trip I used a pair of 4 x 6 Doug Fir Beams that attached to the existing Supports using fabricated Mounting Brackets that thru-bolted to the 4 x 6 Beams to carry the second Trailer.

    Biggest advantage of the second trailer is that you end-up with plenty of spare tires for the cross-country trip as Dave eventually had to change both of the tires on my double-deck Trailer when both tires slowly delaminated.

    My Dolly has been used at Eugene Yacht Club for 2010 PCC’s and 2012 TCA Nationals but we were allowed to stay near the Hoist.

    Looking forward to seeing a lot of you at EYC in less than six months!

    Mike Gillum #1010





    OR WHY STOP WITH A DOUBLE DECK TRAILER?  HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THE TRIPLE DECK TRAILER OWNED BY LARRY LIGGETT.














    Here's a photo of Dave Sexton's double decker rig that has traveled to quite a few regattas. It does keep the top boat low for reduced windage and honestly, I could not even feel the difference between one boat and two behind my big diesel van. There are sockets welded into the trailer to receive the four posts that support the cross braces. 

    Were I to do this again, I'd make a better support system for the rails as the entire weight of the boat is on the rails with this rig. I'd rather have the boat right side up as it's easier to pull off with a hoist than round up a bunch of sailors.

    Comments are limited to web authors so if you have photos or thoughts to upload, send them to me and I'll post them for you.
    ;-) Paul Nelson - Paul@photoboat.us

    New Years Message from TCA President, Scott Griffin

    posted Dec 18, 2015, 11:51 AM by Thistle Class   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 9:07 PM ]

    With the fall sailing season coming to a close, it is a perfect time to reflect upon the past year as well as to look forward to the upcoming season.  In 2015, there were well over 60 Thistle regattas hosted across the country starting with Mid-Winters West in San Diego, CA and concluding with the Jubilee in Pensacola, FL.  In between, there were numerous fleet races and social gatherings.  All of these events provided great opportunities for us to enjoy the friendly competition and camaraderie that we all believe makes the Thistle Class special.  We also celebrated two big anniversaries: the 60th Mid-Winters East and the 70th National Championship.  Both St. Pete Yacht Club and Fort Walton Yacht Club, through the efforts of countless volunteers from these clubs as well as the Thistle Class membership, hosted memorable regattas that were fitting tributes to the history of these long running events.   It is truly amazing that Thistle sailors have been making the annual pilgrimage to the waters of Tampa Bay and the hospitality of St. Pete Yacht Club for 60 years.  It is a testament to the Class membership and past leadership, as well as the Thistle itself that our National Championship has been and continues to be relevant over the course of 70 years.  

     

    Of course, there are always challenges in maintaining a healthy and vibrant Class.  Generally, attendance at our regattas is down a bit with Nationals participation becoming more dependent on the proximity to our strong base in the Mid-West region.  We have seen a decline in the number and size of fleets, with some fleets (mine included) that are right at the required 3 boat minimum and a handful that are on probation with fewer than 3 boats.  So we have plenty of opportunities to improve and grow our Class.  Fortunately, there are also success stories, such as the recent reinstatement of Fleet 169 in Newport, RI.  Through the efforts of several enthusiastic sailors, Thistles have returned to one of the most storied sailing venues in the country.  According to the fleet members, the Newport scene was missing an affordable, family-friendly boat; a niche for which they say the Thistle (and the Class) sells itself! 

     

    The TCA was faced with another challenge in recent months regarding the 2016 MWE schedule.  Due to a confluence of events, St. Pete Yacht Club is not able to host us for the traditional Monday through Friday racing on Tampa Bay. Kyle Finefrock, our now past president, has worked diligently with St. Pete Yacht Club as well as Sarasota Sailing Squadron to come up with the framework for the 2016 Thistle Winter Series, which will incorporate 6 days of racing split between these two fantastic venues.  (Please check out Kyle’s article in this issue for additional details.)

     

    Over the past several years, there has been a lot of discussion among our members regarding the Nationals and MWE formats.  Some of the topics have included event length, number of races, course length, and expansion of potential venues.  We now have the opportunity to try some of the ideas that have been proposed.  Based on feedback from attendees at Nationals as well as various regattas across the country, there was no real consensus on the best format for the 2016 MWE.  Therefore the schedule for the 2016 Winter Series is a compromise that is intended to provide something for everyone as well as an opportunity for us to learn firsthand.  However, in order to learn from everyone’s experiences we need your support.  For those interested in a new venue with three days packed with racing, come to the first leg in Sarasota.  If you enjoy the traditional MWE experience but cannot swing a full week of sailing, come to St. Pete for the final leg.  If you want to maximize your sailing and/or time away from the cold weather and snow, then come for the whole week.  You could participate in both events and enjoy what each of these venues has to offer or mix in some off the water vacation. 

     

    Enjoy the off-season and start making plans for 2016! (This article was originally published in the Dec 2015/Jan 2016 "Bagpipe" and is being reprinted with permission)

    Mike Ingham, Dan Fein and Sarah Pailsey Win The 2015 Thistle National Championship

    posted Aug 4, 2015, 9:08 AM by Thistle Class

     

    Mike Ingham, Dan Fien and Sarah Pailsey top the 50 boat fleet to win the 2015 Thistle National Championship, which was hosted by the Fort Walton Yacht Club on July 27 to 31.  There were 7 great races held on the Okaloosa Bay in winds from 6 to 16 knots with all but one of them held in the famous Fort Walton sea breeze.  The Ingham team's worst finish was a 5th place and they ended with a 14 point lead over the second place team of Paul Abdullah, Marie Abdullah, and Alex Krumdieck.  Mike's son, Sam Ingham finished in 3rd just after finishing USCG Flight School the week before the regatta, and just before he heads out to San Francisco to fulfill his USCG Commission.  Sam's team was his wife, Tanya Curak,  and John Duffett, both of whom also serve in the USCG.  The remainder of the top 10 skippers were Greg Griffin, John Baker, Kyle Finefrock, Jack Finefrock, Brad Russell, Tom Hubbell, and Scott Griffin.  The top 3 of the President's Division was Loy Vaughan, with  Andrew Derussy and Jennifer Grant, Craig Smith, with Sarah Smith and Clay Mathias, and Buddy Wainright, with Renee Wainwright and Alex Padgett.

    Complete scores are below as are links to photos taken by Tina Deptula.


    Thistle Class Association
    2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Fort Walton Yacht Club

    FINAL RESULTS
    as of 31 July 2015 at 1535

    Overall

    Sailed: 7, Discards: 0, To count: 7, Entries: 50, Scoring system: Appendix A

    Rank

    Division

    Sail No.

    Skipper/Crew

    R1

    R2

    R3

    R4

    R5

    R6

    R7

    Total

    1

    Champ

    3969

    Mike Ingham / Dan Fien / Sarah Paisley

    1

    2

    3

    1

    3

    5

    2

    17

    2

    Champ

    4035

    Paul Abdullah / Alex Krumdieck / Marie Abdullah

    2

    3

    2

    4

    7

    6

    7

    31

    3

    Champ

    3966

    Sam Ingham / Tanya Curak / Jon Duffett

    7

    9

    7

    12

    1

    1

    9

    46

    4

    Champ

    3976

    Greg Griffin / Mark Reddaway / Jennifer Vereen

    6

    8

    11

    7

    6

    9

    10

    57

    5

    Champ

    4024

    John Baker / Joy Martin / Aaron Holland

    3

    1

    1

    33

    10

    4

    14

    66

    6

    Champ

    3948

    Kyle Finefrock / Nicole Shedden / Pete Gregory

    5

    12

    10

    21

    2

    7

    11

    68

    7

    Champ

    3945

    Jack Finefrock / Andy Russell / Kathy/Jackie Finefrock

    15

    22

    13

    2

    22

    3

    1

    78

    8

    Champ

    3841

    Brad Russell / Scott Gise / Liz Walters

    14

    6

    15

    17

    12

    10

    6

    80

    9

    Champ

    3890

    Tom Hubbell / Kathy Buckenmeyer / John Yingling

    4

    21

    5

    30

    14

    2

    5

    81

    10

    Champ

    3997

    Scott Griffin / Mark Gise / Abby Freeman

    12

    4

    17

    9

    20

    11

    16

    89

    11

    Champ

    3875

    Kevin Shockey / John Shockey / Alison Knoles

    8

    13

    14

    13

    8

    16

    20

    92

    12

    Champ

    4033

    Brian Swingly / Craig Koschalk / Lauren O'Hara

    20

    7

    6

    32

    5

    8

    17

    95

    13

    Champ

    4040

    Lloyd Kitchin / Brian Kitchin

    17

    11

    25

    8

    26

    12

    4

    103

    14

    Champ

    3433

    Mikey Gemperline / Kyle Gladieux / Taylor Sakett

    23

    20

    8

    26

    4

    15

    13

    109

    15

    Champ

    1784

    Jesse Shedden / Nick Turney / Christine Rice

    19

    19

    12

    16

    21

    13

    12

    112

    16

    Champ

    3721

    Steve Gruver / Kristen Barnard / Kyle Fast

    25

    16

    22

    3

    35

    14

    3

    118

    17

    Champ

    4017

    Chris Klotz / Antoinette Klotz / Mays Dickey

    10

    18

    9

    25

    17

    20

    30

    129

    18

    Champ

    603

    Christopher Pollak / Charlie Pollak / Meghan Pollak

    31

    10

    4

    23

    16

    27

    21

    132

    19

    Champ

    3921

    Chris Murphy / Jessica Murphy / Angus Dickinson

    11

    32

    28

    6

    24

    25

    19

    145

    20

    Champ

    616

    Ben Hall / Liz Gaston / Mary Beth Bolz

    18

    26

    19

    11

    28

    39

    8

    149

    21

    Champ

    3883

    David Reddaway / Carol Reddaway / Bill Wiggins

    13

    27

    21

    37

    9

    21

    23

    151

    22

    Champ

    3947

    David Hudson / Peter Hudson

    22

    17

    16

    15

    19

    31

    35

    155

    23

    Champ

    4003

    Mike Mcbride / Kimberly Mcbride / Kat Mahaney

    9

    31

    18

    39

    11

    35

    24

    167

    24

    Champ

    4000

    Dan Reasoner / Marlene Reasoner / Beth Illg

    24

    5

    26

    36

    23

    22

    32

    168

    25

    Champ

    3744

    Warren Duckworth / John Duckworth / Eddie Duckworth

    16

    24

    33

    20

    30

    37

    26

    186

    1

    Pres

    4007

    Loy Vaughan / Andrew Derussy / Jennifer Grant

    26

    14

    35

    22

    18

    17

    25

    157

    2

    Pres

    740

    Craig Smith / Clay Mathias / Sarah Smith

    34

    33

    24

    5

    27

    24

    29

    176

    3

    Pres

    3807

    Buddy Wainwright / Renee Wainwright / Alex Padgett

    21

    51 DSQ

    27

    14

    13

    18

    33

    177

    4

    Pres

    2575

    Bryant Walker / Martin James / Sheena Walker

    27

    29

    32

    35

    15

    26

    18

    182

    5

    Pres

    3579

    Reid Collins / Mike Kirschner / Tiffany Schaefer

    35

    36

    20

    10

    33

    23

    27

    184

    6

    Pres

    3862

    Bryn Clark / Charlie Clark / Carrie Patterson

    37

    15

    40

    19

    31

    30

    22

    194

    7

    Pres

    779

    Kevin Arrow / Kevin Bradley / Cody Mccoun

    29

    23

    36

    34

    38

    38

    31

    229

    8

    Pres

    1995

    Laura Graham / Van Rogers / George Hambleton

    45

    34

    30

    28

    29

    36

    28

    230

    9

    Pres

    3001

    Michael Reddaway / Devon Hanna / Shelby Brown

    28

    46

    34

    27

    25

    40

    36

    236

    10

    Pres

    4031

    Larry Wagner / Julie Long / Connie Wagner

    40

    28

    23

    42

    42

    29

    37

    241

    11

    Pres

    1811

    Adam Ankers / Peyton Ankers / Danielle Reasoner

    36

    30

    42

    29

    41

    28

    40

    246

    12

    Pres

    3680

    Bryan Anderson / Jennifer Lund / Marian Evatt

    30

    37

    44

    18

    44

    41

    38

    252

    13

    Pres

    4045

    David Deptula / Sally Rusk / Allan Vanderheyden

    38

    39

    41

    38

    40

    42

    15

    253

    14

    Pres

    4026

    Mark Udell / John Hutt / Geoff Greening

    44

    41

    51 DSQ

    24

    36

    19

    44

    259

    15

    Pres

    3828

    Dan Russell / Tom Russell / Lauren Myers

    32

    25

    39

    47

    39

    34

    45

    261

    16

    Pres

    3796

    Loren Hoffman / Paul Nuechterlein / Ann Pytell

    33

    40

    29

    31

    43

    45

    43

    264

    17

    Pres

    3849

    John Howell / Craig Ambler / Diana Young-Paiva

    39

    43

    38

    41

    32

    44

    42

    279

    18

    Pres

    3687

    Scott Buehler / Danielle Bower / Meg Farrugia

    42

    35

    51 RET

    43

    47

    33

    34

    285

    19

    Pres

    3868

    Amy Woodard / Jeff Woodard / Margaux Bacro-Duverger

    46

    51 DNC

    51 RET

    44

    34

    32

    41

    299

    20

    Pres

    4021

    Chris Annand / Bob Hammond

    43

    51 RET

    46

    40

    37

    43

    39

    299

    21

    Pres

    3813

    Leonard Wert / Mike King / Brent Womble

    50

    44

    31

    45

    48

    46

    47

    311

    22

    Pres

    4019

    Nelson Sharp / Kim Sharp / Bill North

    41

    38

    43

    46

    49

    48

    48

    313

    23

    Pres

    3457

    Catherine Ryals / Rick Scarborough / Linda Wright

    49

    45

    47

    49

    46

    47

    46

    329

    24

    Pres

    3600

    Tommy Glenn / Lara Butler / Brock Gordon

    47

    47

    45

    48

    45

    49

    49

    330

    25

    Pres

    3589

    Tate Beckham / Chris Scott / Shawn Draft

    48

    42

    37

    51 DNC

    51 DNC

    51 DNC

    51 DNC

    331

     


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