April 3, 2021
Hello, Thistlers! We’re almost there! As of early April, the pandemic situation continues to improve across the United States, and we’re increasingly optimistic that we’ll be able to host the 2021 Thistle National Championship presented by KeyBank in a safe, responsible, and fun way. We’re looking forward to celebrating the class’s 75th anniversary with you at the Cleveland Yachting Club, July 31 – August 6.
We’re working with the class and the club to make the go / no-go decision by June 1, taking state regulations, vaccine availability and other factors into consideration. A few notes:
• We’ll require attendees to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests.
• We’ve secured discounted rates at local hotels. For more info: ThistleNationals2021.com/Hotels-and-Housing
• Interested in day camp / childcare? Please let us know. For more info: ThistleNationals2021.com/Day-Camp
• Registration payment is due May 1. If you’re registered and decide to cancel, please do so ASAP so we can fill your slot from the waiting list.
• We’re planning to conduct Nationals as a Sailors for the Sea Clean Regatta. Stay tuned for details on how you can help support this effort.
We’ll continue to keep you informed at ThistleNationals2021.com and via direct emails to registered and wait-listed skippers. In the meantime, you can reach us at ThistleNationals2021@gmail.com. Stay safe, stay tuned, and we hope to see you this summer!
—Fred Hunger, Regatta Chairman
February 7, 2021
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.
With optimism that, come summertime, the pandemic situation will have improved to a point where we can host the event in a safe and responsible manner, CYC’s Thistle Fleet No. 1 is planning a fun, festive regatta befitting the 75th anniversary of the class.
As Thistle class president Tom Hubbell notes below, we’ll work with the class and the club to make the go / no-go decision by June 1, taking state regulations, vaccine availability and other factors into consideration. A few updates as we adjust plans for the regatta:
We’ll continue to share updates as the event approaches and plans evolve. In the meantime, you can reach us at ThistleNationals2021@gmail.com. Stay safe, and with a little luck, we’ll see you this summer!
—Fred Hunger, Regatta Chairman
Update from Tom Hubbell, president, Thistle class (from Bagpipe, March/April 2021)
The outlook for Nationals is becoming positive. Key points:
Update from John Howell, first vice president, Thistle class (from Bagpipe, March/April 2021)
After nearly a year of COVID claustrophobia, we are hopeful that things will improve enough to hold the Nationals at Cleveland Yachting Club in 2021. As planning is well underway, we are working issues regarding qualifications… the Executive Committee is recommending to the Governing Board that we use the same qualification standards for 2021 that we used in 2020. Please be aware that some of the qualification standards cited below will require approval of the Governing Board. We are also working with the organizing committee to ensure that the registration list, wait list, and cancellation policies are all clearly understood.
Qualification for 2021 Nationals:
Qualified Skippers and waitlisted Skippers from 2020:
The registration list from 2020 is still in effect. If you qualified, registered, and paid your registration fees for 2020 Nationals, you are still on the list as a qualified registrant. If you were put on the waitlist for 2020, you are still on the 2021 waitlist, in the same position.
Registration fees for all qualified skippers must be paid by May 1, 2021. If you paid your fees last year and did not request a refund, you are all set and do not have to make any further payments. If you paid your fees last year but DID receive a refund, then you MUST pay your registration fees by May 1, 2021 or your name will be dropped from the list of qualified skippers and your slot will be given to the next boat from the waitlist. This is the skipper’s responsibility. The organizing committee will not be sending out invoices or notices. Waitlisted skippers do not have to pay their registration fee until they clear the waitlist. Once they have cleared the waitlist, they must pay their fees withing 5 calendar days, or they will lose their slot.
If you are a registered skipper and determine that you will not be able to make the 2021 Nationals, please cancel as early as possible. If you cancel before June 15th, 2021, you will receive a full refund (less PayPal fees). If you cancel after June 15th 2021, you will only receive 80% of your registration fee if we cannot fill the slot.
Where to direct your questions:
Please direct all questions regarding qualifications to TCA First VP, John Howell. All contact information is listed on page 4 of the Bagpipe.
All skippers who are 26 or under and plan to sail 2021 Nationals, and who want TCA support for registration fees must reach out to the TCA Third VP for Growth and Promotion (Alison Gillum) as soon as possible to request this support. You must notify her in writing that you are 26 or under, have registered for Nationals and would like TCA assistance with registration fees.
Other questions about registrations and waitlist should be directed to Fred Hunger.
We are all excited about our 75th Nationals this year. Please make your plans early. Housing may be a challenge as many of the VRBO and hotels are imposing restrictive cancellation policies. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating with you in Cleveland.
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.