Lightning sailors round the upwind mark. Severn Sailing Association
SSA Thistle Fleet  

The Thistle Fleet at SSA enjoys an active racing schedule, from events with top-notch local competition to regattas drawing leading skippers and crew from the East Coast and the Mid-West.

From their start on the Great Lakes in 1945, Thistles are now raced in more than 100 active fleets from coast to coast. The national Thistle Class Association is regularly recognized as one of the strongest and best organized one-design groups in the country. Owners have proven their great loyalty to the Thistle, as many of our top sailors represent the second or third generation of Thistle families.

Thistles are raced in six fleets in the Central Atlantic District, from Baltimore to Norfolk to Smith Mountain Lake. The SSA Fleet is one of the Association's strongest, with members regularly finishing in the silver at regional and national events.

The strength of the Fleet lies, of course, with the Thistle itself. This large light-weight planing dinghy out performs most in drifters, and is a real experience planing flat-out, with spinnaker flying, on a heavy-air reach. This makes the boat an almost ideal choice for the Chesapeake region.

The Thistle is a strict one-design class, and it can truly be said that old and new boats perform evenly. The 44-year old Thistle #1 won the National Championship in 1990, followed by a 15 year old boat, with a new boat in third place.

The Fleet's events range from the annual Midwinter Championship in St. Petersburg, through a series of local and interdistrict spring, summer and fall regattas, culminating with October's 50-plus boat Oyster Roast Regatta.

If you are interested in a new boat, used boat, a chance to crew or simply a ride, contact the Thistle Fleet Captain and be prepared for fun! Thistle class web site

Thistle Racing Schedule  

  Regatta Date(s) Details Docs Results Register Update
Opening Day Handicap Race April 13 Docs Results
TESOD Week 1:May 06
Week 2:May 13
Week 3:May 20
Week 4:May 27
Week 5:June 03
Week 6:June 10
Week 7:June 17
Week 8:June 24
Week 9:July 01
Week 10:July 08
Week 11:July 15
Week 12:July 22
Week 13:July 29
Week 14:August 05
Week 15:August 12
Week 16:August 19
Week 17:August 26
Week 18:September 02
Week 19:September 09
Thistle Spring Series (5/10,5/11) May 10-11 Docs Results
Thistle District Championship May 31-June 01 Docs Results
Thistle Summer Series (6/29,8/3**) Day 1:June 29
Day 2:August 03
Docs Results
Club Open race Event July 19 Docs Results
Thistle Summer Invitational August 16-17 Docs Results
Thistle Crab Regatta August 30-31 Docs Results
Thistle Fall Series (9/13,9/14) September 13-14 Docs Results
Thistle Oyster Roast Invitational October 11-12 Docs Results

Thistle Class Web Site


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