Join us in CLE!

On behalf of the Thistle Class Association and the Cleveland Yachting Club, I’m very pleased to invite you to the 2021 Thistle National Championship, presented by KeyBank. As the home of Thistle Fleet No. 1, our club is honored to be celebrating the 75th anniversary of the class, and we hope you’ll join us in Rocky River, Ohio, July 31-August 6.

Our organizing committee is striving to make this a regatta for the ages—an event worthy of the amazing memories the Thistle class has provided all of us. We’re catering to all Thistlers—from junior sailors to die-hard racers to old timers. Lake Erie will serve as our playground for the week. You can expect everything from flat, shifty conditions to steady breeze and big waves that will have your boat planing and your team sliding back on the rail, shaking water off your faces! After racing each day, we’ll host experts roundtables facilitated by Wayne Pignolet, professional sailmakers, and daily winners. In the evenings, we’ll enjoy great libations, live music, fabulous dinners, games, and more. For families, we’ll provide low-cost child-care and ample opportunities to experience the area’s fabulous attractions.

We’re so excited to welcome you to CYC for a week you’ll never forget. Help us make some new memories that will carry the Thistle legacy toward 100 years. See you this summer!

Fred Hunger
Regatta Chairman


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