The Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville Florida is hosting the Thistle Nationals May 15 – 20, 2022. Forty-nine Thistles will be sailing on the John’s River, North Florida’s playground with PRO Mark Foster managing the competition.
Thistle Nationals receives a wide draw of competitors, skippers varying in age from 23 – 74, with 10 skippers under 30 and 5 over 70. Along with 8 first-time Nationals skippers, there are 7 past Thistle National Champions competing: Brent Barbehenn, Dave Dellenbaugh, Skip Dieball, Greg Griffin, Mike Ingham, Lloyd Kitchin, and Chris Klotz. Competitors have come from as far away as Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Thistles are a family-friendly boat with 9 family boats and 13 husband and wife boats. Thistle #1, skippered by Chris Klotz, will be sailing in its 50th Nationals.
The Florida Yacht Club is hosting several dinners because Thistlers love both the competition and social time with our friends.
We want to thank our sponsors for the week:
North Florida Sales
Bold City Brewing
Chris Klotz – Thistle #1
Follow the action! You’ll find updated scores at https://theclubspot.com/regatta/5reZNaQHFR and Thistle Instagram takeovers at @thistleclasssailing. We are all looking forward to a great week with our Thistle friends and family.