The Thistle, designed in the 1940s by Gordon "Sandy" Douglass (see also Highlander and Flying Scot), is a seventeen-foot dinghy that is popular throughout the U.S. A crew of two or three sails the Thistle with main, jib, and symmetrical spinnaker. A trapeze is not permitted for racing, but there is wide variability in how the boats are rigged. The boat is raced under strict one-design rules, allowing older wooden hulls to compete on a level basis with fiberglass hulls, which have been built since the 1950s. (Thistle number 1 was the winning boat at the 1990 nationals.) The hull is wide and flat, enabling offwind planing in 15-20 knot winds. More than four thousand boats have been built since the Thistle's inception. This class is the Portsmouth yardstick's baseline for ranking small boats in handicap racing. For more information, read the Thistle wikipedia article.
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|#||Fleet Name||Location||Primary Yachtclub|
|1||Cleveland Yachting Club Fleet||Rocky River, OH||Cleveland YC|
|2||Detroit River Fleet||Grosse Pointe, MI||Crescent Sail YC|
|3||Sandusky SC Fleet||Sandusky, OH||Sandusky SC|
|13||Mission Bay Fleet||San Diego, CA||Mission Bay YC|
|16||South Shore Fleet||Akron, OH|
|17||Metropolitan Washington Fleet||Washington, DC|
|21||Leatherlips YC Fleet||Columbus, OH||Leatherlips YC|
|22||Boston Harbor Fleet||Winthrop, MA|
|23||Mohican Fleet||Lucas, OH||Mohican SC|
|26||Shreveport Fleet||Shreveport, LA|
|28||Central Chesapeake Fleet||Baltimore, MD||Glenmar SA|
|29||Seneca Lake Fleet||Geneva, NY||Seneca YC|
|31||Pymatuning Fleet||Jamestown, PA|
|33||Conesus Lake Fleet||Lakeville, NY|
|34||North Chesapeake Fleet||Annapolis, MD||Severn SA|
|36||Lake Hopatcong Fleet||Landing, NJ||Lake Hopatcong YC|
|37||Western Lake Erie Fleet||Toledo, OH||North Cape YC|
|41||Nyack Fleet||Nyack, NY||Nyack Boat Club|
|44||Chicago Fleet||Chicago, IL|
|45||Tennessee Valley Fleet||Knoxville, TN||Concord YC|
|46||Rochester Canoe Club Fleet||Rochester, NY||Rochester CC|
|47||Windjammer YC Fleet||Louisville, KY||Louisville SC|
|48||Dixie Fleet||Atlanta, GA||Atlanta YC|
|53||St Petersburg Fleet||St Petersburg, FL|
|56||Lake Millerton Fleet||Fresno, CA|
|61||Puget Sound Fleet||Seattle, WA||CYC Seattle|
|62||Eagle Lake Fleet||Edwardsburg, MI|
|65||Lake Cowan Fleet||Cincinnati, OH||Cowan Lake SA|
|66||Clinton Lake Fleet||Seattle, WA||Clinton Lake SA|
|67||San Francisco Fleet||San Franciso, CA|
|68||Newport Harbor Fleet||Newport Beach, CA||Balboa YC|
|69||Indianapolis Fleet||Indianapolis, IN||Indianapolis SC|
|72||Memphis Fleet||Memphis, TN|
|79||Lake Lanier Fleet||Flowery Branch, GA||Lake Lanier SC|
|82||Goguac Lake Fleet||Battle Creek, MI|
|83||Buckeye Lake Fleet||Buckeye Lake, OH|
|91||Highland Lakes Fleet||Austin, TX|
|97||Sacramento Fleet||Oroville, CA|
|99||The Westport Mafia||Westport, CT||Cedar Point YC|
|105||Kansas City Fleet||Lawrence, KS||Kansas SA|
|108||Sooner Fleet||Tulsa, OK||Windycrest SC|
|109||Lake Livingston Fleet||Houston, TX|
|110||Birmingham Fleet||Birmingham, AL||Birmingham SC|
|113||Upper Savannah Fleet||Seneca, SC|
|114||Arrowhead Fleet||Madison, AL|
|115||Tacoma Fleet||Tacoma, WA|
|116||Winnetka Fleet||Winnetka, IL|
|118||Willamette Fleet||Eugene, OR||Eugene YC|
|120||Berlin YC Fleet||North Benton, OH||Berlin YC|
|123||Otsego Lake Fleet||Cooperstown, NY||Otsego SC|
|125||Portland Fleet||Portland, OR|
|126||Hoover SC Fleet||Westerville, OH||Hoover SC|
|127||Arizona Fleet||Phoenix, AZ|
|128||Lake Norman YC Fleet||Charlotte, NC||Lake Norman YC|
|130||Lake Glendale Fleet||Patton, PA|
|133||St Johns River Fleet||Jacksonville, FL||Florida YC|
|139||Flathead Lake Fleet||Somers, MT||North Flathead YC|
|146||Razorback Fleet||Little Rock, AR|
|147||Adirondack Fleet||Saratogo Springs, NY||Saratoga Lake SC|
|148||Lake Murray Fleet||Chapin, SC||Lake Murray SC|
|149||Kaskaskia Fleet||St Louis, MO|
|155||Research Triangle Fleet||Raleigh, NC||Carolina SC|
|161||Lake Monroe SA Fleet||Bloomington, IN||Lake Monroe SA|
|163||Oconee Fleet||Milledgeville, GA|
|167||Lake George Fleet||Hague, NY|
|171||Swift Creek Fleet||Richmond, VA|
|176||Nockamixon Fleet||Philadelphia, PA|
|177||Sturgeon Bay Fleet||Sturgeon Bay, WI|
|178||Madison Fleet||Madison, WI|
|184||New Castle Fleet||New Castle, DE||New Castle SC|