About the TCA
The Thistle is a high performance one design racing sailboat that is generally sailed with a three person crew. The Thistle Class Association is recognized as one of the largest and best one-design classes in the country.
Thistle fleets are located throughout the US and welcome new and experienced sailors. Fleet members are happy to take new Thistle sailors out sailing and help get new boat owners up to speed. Joining a fleet and crewing is an excellent way to get started in the Thistle. Instructional DVDís also help sailors get up to speed.
The TCA publishes a top-notch magazine, the Bagpipe, which not only reports on all the class news, but often includes rigging and go-fast tips.
The class culture makes this Thistle unique. The competitive design and caliber of sailors attracts top sailors. The class also enjoys family camaraderie and often teams are comprised of family members. The Thistle is ideal for junior sailors and many regattas encourage youth participation with reduced fees for junior members.
Designed by Sandy Douglass, the Thistle debuted in 1945. The sail plan consists of a main, jib, and spinnaker. The boat planes easily in 10-12 knots of breeze yet will also glide effortlessly in light air. The class firmly believes in the one-design principles thus keeping all boats competitive.
New boats are available from the class approved builders, Great Midwest Yacht and North West One Design. Used boats can be found at a variety of price points. The best places to find used boats include the "Classifieds" page on this site and to network with your local sailing club.
LOA 17' 0"
Beam 6' 0"
Draft up/dn 6"/4í6"
Weight 515 lb
SA (main and jib) 191 sq. ft.
SA (spin) 220 sq. ft.
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- Quality Inn and Suites Rain- $109 plus tax for 8/3 to 8/9. Includes breakfast and tickets to the Waterpark
- La Quinta Sandusky- $169 plus tax per night
- Hampton Inn Sandusky-$179 plus tax per night
- Hampton Milan Ohio-$169 plus tax per night
- Super 8 Milan Ohio- 8/3 $134 plus tax; 8/4-8/8 $58 plus tax; 8/9 $108 plus tax
- Best Budget Inn Sandusky- 8/3 $109 plus tax; 8/4-8/8 $59 plus tax, 8/9 $99 plus tax
- Red Roof Milan- 8/3 $134 plus tax; 8/4-8/8 $59 plus tax; 8/9 $109 plus tax
Midwinters West is January 31-Feburary 2, 2013 with the Larry Klein Memorial on Feburary 3.
Midwinters East, March 3-8, 2013
Southeastern Interdistrict Championship, April 13-14, 2013, Birmingham, AL
Atlantic Coast Championship, Toms River YC (Toms River NJ) June 29-30
2013 Thistle National Championship - August 3-9, 2013, Sandusky OH
LYC Racing joins great Midwest Yachts as an approved class builder.
- See who sailed fast at the 2012 Districts. Results from all 2012 Districts are reported here.
- The TCA Class history has a few more chapters posted in the Library. Many thanks to Peter Hale for all his editing.
- The TCA skipper Eligibility List is current as of July 19, 2012. The list includes dues paid active, family and junior members and boat registration status. Only dues paid member may skipper a registered boat in chevron events. Become a member today!
- 2012 TCA Calendar PDF
- Join the TCA on Facebook.
- Submit all calendar items, NOR's, event information, and regatta results to the webmaster. All information will be posted on the Events page.
- Looking to do rail repair? Master craftsman, Larry Liggett, offers two video "how-to's."
- Enjoy some footage from The 1965 Nationals Championship. Many thanks to Craig Smith for finding and posting it!
- Thistle Class Merchandise makes great gifts
and trophies. Keep checking back as more items are added.
2013 One Design Sailing Symposium Jan 11 to 13
Walk ins welcome! The premier event for one-design class racing, US Sailing's One-Design Symposium brings together racing rock stars and one-design leaders in our sport for a great exchange of ideas and information. Enjoy more than 20 workshops and general sessions. Anna Tunnicliffe and Dave Perry are among the keynote speakers. Industry experts and class champions share their expertise on how to get more people out sailing. Attend the symposium and learn how to grow your class/fleet and your sailing skills.
Speakers include Tom Hubbell, Greg Fisher, Skip Dieball, Josh Adams, Laura Jeffers, Patty Lawrence, Jerelyn Biehl, David Sprague, Jack Finefrock and more. Visit the ODSS web page for more information.
Dues are Due
Ready to sail with your best Thistle friends in 2013? Then join the class. Dues are due now. Fleet members are strongly encouraged to join through their fleet. Thistlers can also join online by tapping the membership button.
MidWinters's West Planning
Making your Midwinter's West plans? Get the scoop off the Thistle Mid-Winter's West Web Site.
Nationals in Sandusky, OH August 3-9, 2013
We have exciting TCA news to announce: The TCA 2013 Nationals will be held in Sandusky Ohio August 3rd-9th. Please mark these dates on your calendars and plan to attend. We will be following up with more news on housing and things to do in Sandusky.
Contact info: Surge Vanderhorst
Thistle Nationals Hotel information
2013 Nationals at Sayville to be Relocated
Our thoughts are with the Northeast as they work to recovery from hurricane Sandy. SYC has informed us that they will not be able to host our nationals in July 2013. The damage they sustained from the storm is simply too much for them to recover in time for nationals in Sayville.
Ted Cremer with Sayville regrettably contacted Lloyd Kitchen immediately after the storm allowing us to begin to move quickly on our search for a replacement site. The TCA RVPs, class officers, and class leaders are all pitching in to help us secure a new location for our 2013 nationals. We plan to post the new 2013 national dates and location as soon as we can, so stay tuned!
Thistle Nationals News
Allan and Katie Terhune and Sam Parisi are the 2012 TCA National Champions. Skip Dieball, Abby Freeman, Jeff Eiber came in second with Mike Ingham, Sarah Paisley, and Kyle Finefrock third. Rounding out the top five were David Tillson, Eric Heim, and John Fretwell followed by Brent Barbehenn, Dwayne Wade, and Jess Murphy. Congratulations! Race Results
Wayne Balsiger, Daryl Mondor, Jane Engelman took top honors in the President's Division. David Sexton and Carolyn Church were second and Ben Doane, Dennis Martinelli, and Trey Harlow in third. Congratulations! Race Results
Nicole Shedden with team of Joy Matin and Sarah Paisley are the Women's National Champions. This marks Nicole's fourth win.
Chris Wilson, Peter Hudon, and Kelsey Waak won the Junior National Championship.
David Tillson won the Hard Novice Trophy for the highest finishing first time skipper.
Chris, Jocelyn, and Charlie Pollak won the Valla Award for the highest finishing family sailing together.
Good Day. Photo by Dan Phelps - SpinSheet Magazine