Thistle Fleet 72

Thistle’s at DSA

The class culture makes this Thistle unique. The competitive design and caliber of sailors attracts top sailors. The class also enjoys family camaraderie and often teams are comprised of family members. The Thistle is ideal for junior sailors and many regattas encourage youth participation with reduced fees for junior members.

Designed by Sandy Douglass, the Thistle debuted in 1945. The sail plan consists of a main, jib, and spinnaker. The boat planes easily in 10-12 knots of breeze yet will also glide effortlessly in light air. The class firmly believes in the one-design principles thus keeping all boats competitive.
New boats are available from the class approved builders, Great Midwest Yacht Company, North West One Design, and Lambs Racing. Used boats can be found at a variety of price points. The best places to find used boats include the “Classifieds” page on this site and to network with your local sailing club


  • LOA 17′ 0″
  • Beam 6′ 0″
  • Draft up/dn 6″/4’6″
  • Weight 515 lb
  • SA (main and jib) 191 sq. ft.
  • SA (spin) 220 sq. ft.