Webinar on Crew Work and Downwind Tips

Part of the 2020 Thistle Nationals Roundtable Series was a webinar focused on crew work and downwind speed. Jeff Eiber, Greg Fisher, Sarah Paisley, Wayne Pignolet and Jesse Shedden discuss how to coordinate Thistle crew work and improve downwind speed. They also touch a bit on upwind speed to answer questions from the previous webinar. … Read more

How to Trim the Main in Super Light Air

Here’s an excerpt from the 2020 Thistle Nationals Roundtable Series led by Greg Fisher. Hear from Mike Ingham and Greg Griffin on how to trim your Thistle mainsail in very light air. Transcript: Greg Fisher (00:03): We talked a little bit about light air here, we’ve talked about where we trim the main upwind in … Read more

Sailing in Ocean Swells

By Mike Ingham #3969 (This article originally appeared in the 2019 December/January issue of the Bagpipe.) The Thistle Midwinters West were held in the Pacific Ocean off of San Diego, and each morning, surfers were eagerly launching off of nearby Sunset Cliffs. Surf’s up! Great for them, challenging for us. We sailed two days of … Read more

Going Fast in a Breeze

Mike Ingham and crew sailing upwind in a white Thistle and hiking hard in big breeze

By Mike Ingham #3969 (This article originally appeared in the 2020 June/July issue of the Bagpipe.) Breeze on! We sailed in overpowered conditions for the entire Thistle Midwinters East in St. Petersburg, FL. It was a lot of fun! Going fast was about hiking hard, steering for waves, playing the main to keep the boat … Read more

Compass Conversations with Mike & Delia Ingham

compass mounted on a Thistle

This article originally appeared in the 2019 June/July issue of the Bagpipe. The Coach TCA participants at this year’s Midwinters East Championships were treated to a great session with Mike and Delia Ingham as they shared their routines for using the compass as they compete on their Thistle. I took these notes to share with … Read more

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