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Your Guide to the Flathead Lake Thistle National Championship 2024

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The Thistle National Championship is back at Flathead Lake this summer! This top-tier regatta is an exciting event for sailors and non-sailors alike. Here’s what you should know about attending the 2024 Thistle National Championship on Flathead Lake:picture of sailboat with thistles in foreground

What is the Thistle National Championship?

The Thistle National Championship is a series of sailboat races around the U.S. Thistle is the name of the sailboat sailors race in the competition. It’s a 17 foot long sailboat that’s manned by 3 sailors. The Thistle National Championship isn’t open for professional, paid sailors which makes it a great way for amateur and hobby sailors to get involved in racing!   

When is the Thistle National Championship on Flathead Lake?

The Thistle National Championship on Flathead Lake will be from August 2-4, 2024. This regatta will be the last race before the grand finale in New Jersey to crown the Thistle racing champion! Before the races begin, the boats will be measured and registered at the North Flathead Yacht Club in Somers. In the following days, the sailors are off to the races! Reach out to the North Flathead Yacht Club to learn more about races and planned activities for each day. 

Is the Thistle National Championship on Flathead Lake Fun for Spectators?

Absolutely! The Thistle National Championship is a great time for sailors and non-sailors alike. There will be plenty of onlookers watching the races from the North Flathead Yacht Club in their lawn chairs and picnic blankets. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get to know the sailing community and learn more about sailing. The North Flathead Yacht Club will also host a daily social and learning session after each day of racing. 

How Can I Become a Sailboat Racer?

Interested in learning how to race sailboats so you can experience the thrill of the Thistle National Championship for yourself? Go Sail Flathead Lake can help! Whether you are a seasoned sailor or have never been out on a boat before, Go Sail Flathead Lake offers the courses you’ll need to get ready for sailboat racing. One of the best courses to take is ASA 102, which is an introductory course to sailboat racing. Learn more about this sailing course and others here.