As we celebrate the class’s 75th anniversary, we invite all Thistlers, past and present, to share a few fond memories in our guest book. We’ll feature your posts on the “Jumbotron” during the 2021 Thistle National Championship presented by KeyBank at the Cleveland Yachting Club, July 31-August 6 — and we’ll make a few new memories, too!
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Standing left, Past Commodore of Mentor Harbor Yachting Club, John W. Gallagher, pictured here with his Thistle hull number 1368, “Mary Ann.” In the bow, his son and Past Commodore of Mentor Harbor Yachting Club, James Gallagher. Circa 1968, Mentor, Ohio.
Grandsons of John W. Gallagher, Andrew, Ethan, and Keagan Gallagher sailing hull number 3854, “Shameless”.
Team Shameless will be sailing in the Youth Division and Adult Division of the 2021 75th Anniversary Thistle National. Andrew Gallagher will be competing against his sister, Erin Gallagher, sailing hull number 2503, “Green Boat.”
Photo taken of me at Concord Yacht Club with some of Fleet 45 boats in the background. It was taken in the late 1950’s. My parents bought 558 about 5 years later.
My first nationals at Eugene OR, great friends, sunset thistle sail, tough competition.
Programs from the first National Championships
“Elmer winning one of many Old Goats with Peter and Kevin Flood”
Elmer and Team
Strohs Beer trucks
Tom Dykstra white spinnaker
Sailing my first Nationals in Houston
Tabor Nationals and water balloons
7th in San Diego
Kincaid flying on reaches
Getting in lots of trouble with not a care in the world
Winning the first of many Old Goats with my dad
Paukie in the pool
Holland Nationals with Joy
Never sailing with anyone else but Elmer in Nationals
Dad never missing a Nationals….he will miss you all and he is with you in Spirit!
Peter Richards #s too many to name
Generations of friendships
The lifelong friendships
A few of my fondest Thistle memories:
Sailing at ILYA Jr. Bay Week
Pymatuning 4th of July regattas
Mark Gilliland’s Orange boat with three gold chevrons on the sail
Jack Bauer and his perfection with just about every detail
The look of a Van Zandt jib as it curls on the bottom
Chris Klotz and TV dinners
Lake Erie East Fall Series when I was 13 and my 16 year old crew drove us to the regattas
Flathead Lake, MT Nationals: Marilyn and Becky talking to llamas, pitchfork fondue steak roast, launching boats with tractors, and of course – Dell’s bar
Sumo wrestling at the 50th
Great camaraderie and friendships for a lifetime!
Fred Hunger, #4052