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The 2021 Thistle National Championship, presented by KeyBank, promises to be a regatta for the ages. (Watch the video.)

2021 Thistle Nationals blog

Will and David Weible are writing daily dispatches to keep your apprised of the racing and happenings on the island throughout the regatta.

2021 Thistle Nationals photos

Tim Wikes and team are capturing all the action on the water.

2021 Thistle Nationals update

Preparations are in full swing for the 2021 Thistle National Championship, presented by KeyBank, taking place July 31 – August 6 at the Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River, Ohio.


Regatta gear

View the catalog and order merchandise from our Pirates' Lair site.


Race tracking

Thanks to our sponsor World Group, we’re pleased to offer live race tracking via TracTrac.


Guest book: Share your Thistle memories

We’ll feature your posts on the “Jumbotron” during the event.


Help make Nationals a Clean Regatta

In order to be as environmentally friendly as possible, we’re planning to conduct Nationals as a Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta.

Roundstone Roundtable webinar series

To help everyone tune up for Nationals, Wayne Pignolet is hosting the Roundstone Roundtable webinar series.

Fun things to do in Cleveland

Explore the West Side Market. Rock out at Edgewater Live. Kyle Finefrock shares his recommendations for off-the-water adventures.

Cleveland Yachting Club: Scoping out the venue

From the hoists to the poolside bar, see why CYC is a great place to race Thistles.

Local knowledge: Sailing off Rocky River

Sobstad Midwest's Richard Wilber provides insight into the expected sailing conditions for Nationals.

Memories of Thistle Fleet No. 1

John Lovett shares a few tall tales from the heyday of Thistle racing at Cleveland Yachting Club.


The Thistle National Championship, presented by KeyBank, celebrates the 75th anniversary of one of North America’s most popular and competitive one-design sailing classes. The regatta takes place July 31-August 6, 2021 at the Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River, Ohio.


Regatta chairman: Fred Hunger

Media/PR: Mike Lovett