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2018 Southeast Championship Recap

posted Jun 26, 2018, 5:36 PM by Thistle Class   [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 5:53 PM ]

By: Ervin Grove

This year the Charleston Yacht Club welcomed sailors from across the Southeast and beyond to excellent sailing conditions, relaxed off the water activities and professional race management.

On Friday, after lunch at the club, Matt Fisher’s, Brad Russell’s, Will Tyner’s and my team headed out for some on the water coaching with Greg Fisher and Paul Abdullah. Greg and Paul shot video and provided commentary while we lined up speed testing. Following the coaching session many competitors came to the North Sails - Charleston for a video debrief.


Saturday competitors launched after the skippers meeting and sailed out to the far circle near Fort Sumter. The sea breeze filled in just prior to the first race and competitors sailed a windward-leeward course twice around in a steady 12-15 knots and flood tide. For the following two races the course was moved closer to Castle Pinckney and the final race of the day was finished upwind allowing competitors to blast reach back to the barn. At the end of the Day 1 Greg Griffin was 3rd, Team Abdullah 2nd and Fisher was 1st.


Sunday morning PRO Chip Till held a brief competitors meeting at 0900 to review the plan for the day and boats took to the water shortly after. Due to an earlier starting time races were held on the inside circle on Sunday to take advantage of the gradient wind. With the windward mark set just off The Battery sailors were challenged to work their way to the windward mark in 8-10 knots and an ebb tide converging from both the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.


Huge thanks to Will Tyner and Chip Till for organizing this event. The fleet was blessed to have such great race committee, jury, safety team(who had a couple capsized customers…) and shore support. The event would not have been possible without our sponsors, so thankyou Patrick Chisum - Gruenloh Law Firm and the Charleston Yacht Club. Also thanks to Charleston Race Week(Charleston Offshore Racing Association) for letting us use their marks. Thanks so much for all the volunteers that helped make this a great event.


Finally all the photos and video you have seen from this event… will there is a good chance that Priscilla Parker or Rick McKee were behind the lense, so thank you for making us all look so good! Hope to see everyone in Charleston soon!!



2018 Central Atlantic Districts - Results

posted Jun 25, 2018, 9:14 AM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 9:22 AM ]

No racing on Saturday due to lack of wind, but 3 races on Sunday.  

Congrats to Kaitlyn, Nick, and Jesse!


2018 Southeast Regional Championships - Results

posted Jun 25, 2018, 9:05 AM by Scott Buehler

(Pic & blurb provided by Dan Russell)


SE Championship in Charleston for first time ever! 

  • Great time in Charleston! 
  • 5 great races
  • excellent PRO
  • excellent competition! 
  • Sat 10-16 kts, Sun 8-10 kts.

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Final Results - Congrats to Stefan, Marie and Paul!

Wet Your Thistle Regatta Initiates Ohio’s 2018 Sailing Season

posted Jun 4, 2018, 4:23 AM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 4:58 AM ]

On May 12 Hoover Sailing Club’s Wet Your Thistle Regatta launched Ohio’s 2018 Thistle Season with 7 races, 13 boats, and 36 sailors. Moderate winds shifted from southwest to northwest as the day progressed which meant fairly short legs for most of the Windward Leeward races. By Race 6 the wind was finally out of the northwest so the race committee could take advantage of the longer axis if the lake. Unfortunately, the wind started to diminish so the longest race also had the lowest velocity. Race 7 was back to the shorter legs.

Tom Hubbell with John & Betsy Yingling won with 3 1st Place finishes. Nicole & Jesse Shedden and Kyle Finefrock each took turns skippering to come in 2nd. Steve Lavender with Dave Stetson and Charlie Yingling earned the privilege of writing the Bagpipe article by coming in 3rd.

Lisa Kreischer was taking pictures on the water. You can see her work on your computer:

Betsy & John Yingling and Tom Hubbell: Wet Your Thistle Champions
Betsy & John Yingling and Tom Hubbell: Wet Your Thistle Champions

THE RUNNING OF THE DERBY DIXIE - June 2-3 2018

posted Jun 4, 2018, 4:13 AM by Scott Buehler

Reported by Nancy Molitor #3798

The stakes were high at Allatoona Downs this year, where 48 Thistlebreds gathered at Atlanta Yacht Club for the first (and definitely the only) “DERBY DIXIE.”

Odds on the weather were not favorable, as a tropical depression moving up from the gulf threatened to muddy the weekend and wash us all off the race track. In fact, however, the storm dissipated and quite the opposite occurred, with such wimpy wind that we barely got one race off on Saturday......but NO rain either day!  Better conditions on Sunday allowed us to complete the remaining two races, integral to our scoring system which depends on three races in order for all competitors to sail against all the others in at least one race. “Flight” winners on Saturday were Bryce Dryden and Steve Burke, tying them for pole position ahead of Paul Abdullah, Scott and Greg Griffin, and Michael Reddaway.  On Sunday, however, none of these chasers could run neck and neck with the indomitable Burke brothers, who moved decisively into the winners circle with a 1-1-2 series.  Though three-time incumbent Brad Russell had to forfeit his first-place perpetual to the Burkes, his “Fastest-Over-60” dad Andy got to hang on to his trophy for another year. 

Competition was almost as keen on Saturday  morning at the Derby Wagering Window, where the race was on to bet on the five final finishes in correct order.  Hats off to Michael Reddaway, Steve Mitchell and Alex Krumdieck, whose payoff for coming the closest to getting it right was a gift certificate from Coral Reef.  When the “real” results were finally posted, it was 1 - Burke: 2 - Griffin (Greg); 3 - Mark Gise; 4 - Dryden; and 5 - Russell (Brad).  (Not a dark horse to be seen anywhere!)  Look for more details in the next Bagpipe.. 


2018 Carolina District Championship (Bottoms Up Regatta) - Results

posted Apr 29, 2018, 2:27 PM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 4:03 PM ]


Congrats to Brad Russell and Joe Hart for winning the 2018 Carolina District Championship!

Novice Trophy: Wil Tyner with crew Kevin Bradley
Top Female Skipper: Sara Paisner with crew Diana Young-Paiva and Lauren Mershon
Bottoms Up Trophy: Steve Heidel with crew Abdel Darensberg

Pics by Tina Deptula: link

(See attached pdf for full results)

2018 DAMFUL REGATTA - May 19-20 - Leatherlips YC, Columbus, OH

posted Apr 5, 2018, 4:41 PM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 4:42 PM ]


Free lodging and camping available!   
Contact:  Paul Kreitler - paulkreitler@gmail.com , 614-507-7360   

Click for larger image:

44th Annual Orange Peel Regatta

posted Mar 19, 2018, 12:31 PM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 7:11 PM by Thistle Class ]



On the heels of their recent success at MWE, team 3976 takes first at the Peel.....
Congrats to Greg, Amy, and Mark!


Pics (by TIna Deptula):


2018 MWE - St Petersburg Yacht Club

posted Mar 16, 2018, 1:55 PM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 1:58 PM ]



Congrats to Greg Griffin, Amy Thompson, and Mark Reddaway!

Full results: link

Pictures (by Tina Deptula): TuesdayWednesdayThursday,Friday

2018 Tampa Tune Up

posted Feb 25, 2018, 3:05 PM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 3:53 PM ]

Congrats to team "Bananawind" (Jack Finefrock, Carrie Patterson, Andy Russell) for their 1st place finish at the Tampa Tuneup!





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