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Racing

Each Saturday of the sailing season from May to October, the Club holds a racing event, weather permitting.  Any keyed member may take the helm in these races, and any Club member may crew. Guests are welcome as long as they do not displace members who want to race. In addition, the Club offers seminars and sessions on racing rules and racing techniques during the year.

The Saturday Thistle races are broken up into two 6 race day series - Spring and Fall, with two fleets, Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet competing together.  We also have 3 Flying Scot race days and 4 race skill development days.  

The Club also holds a laid-back fun regatta during each month of the sailing season.  We open with the Captain's Race on the first Saturday after launch when each boat prep crew is invited to test their boat on the water.  In early June, we hold a regatta in celebration of Historic New Castle's Separation Day.  The Club sponsors a Charity Regatta, usually held in July, and invites skippers of other classes of small dinghy sailboats to participate in this fund-raising event for a local charity.  In August, we honor the Club's founders with the Founders Day Regatta.  The Pea Patch Island Race in September is our "distance" race.  The Club also holds the Delaware River Perpetual Thistle Trophy (DELRIPETT) each year in late October, which is open to all Thistle boat owners. The DELRIPETT is always the last race of the sailing season.

With the exception of a few of the regattas, the Club's Saturday races typically are a first come, first served allocation of captain and crew assignments. Regular Saturday race starting times are as follows:

 

Morning Races

Afternoon Races

Sign up for Skippers and Crew Begins

8:30 am

noon

Skipper's meeting, Assignment of Boats, Review of Racing Rules

9:00 am

12:30 pm

First Race of Three or Four Races

10:00 am

1:30 pm

Back on Shore

1:00 pm

4:30 pm