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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


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!

2018 Midwinters West Results

posted Feb 7, 2018, 6:04 PM by Scott Buehler   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 3:54 PM ]

Sam Ingham, Tanya Cuprak and Taylor Vann won the Larry Klein Match Race regatta!

David Sexton fought a great battle through his matches losing only to team Ingham.

Thanks to MBYC, all the West coast sailors and Leslie Klein for a great regatta!

2017 Chautauqua Nationals Results

posted Dec 26, 2017, 6:53 PM by Thistle Class   [ updated Dec 26, 2017, 6:54 PM ]

July 22 to 28, 2017

Mayville, N.Y.



Fleet Splits/Divisions


Thistle National Championship

Women's Thistle National Championship

Youth Thistle National Championship


Current Registrants

Online Registration is closed

June 15 - Early-registration discount ends

July 7 - Registration deadline

Notice of Race

2017 Thistle National Championship NOR

2017 Thistle Women's and Youth National Championships NOR

Sailing Instructions

Nationals Championship Sailing Instructions

Women and Youth National Championship Sailing Instructions 


Chautauqua Yacht Club

Thistle Class Association

Questions? Contact regatta co-chairman Tom Hubbell.


Supported by

Chautauqua Lake YC

Mayville-Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce

Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

Town of Chautauqua

Chautauqua Institution


posted Sep 24, 2017, 6:01 PM by Thistle Class

Save the Dates - Winter fun in Warm Sunny Florida

The dates are in! Start with the Tampa Tune-Up at Davis Island on Sat Feb 24 through Mon Feb 26. On Feb 24th there will be optional informal racing. People are encouraged to let their crew drive or otherwise mix up their teams. Races on Feb 25 and 26 will be scored for the regatta. Camping is allowed. 

From there head over to the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for Thistle Midwinters East, Tuesday Feb 27 through Friday March 2. Yes we are having 4 days of racing at St. Pete this year.  Come join the fun!


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