76th Thistle Nationals in Jacksonville
Published on May 12th, 2022
Fifty-one teams have entered the 2022 Thistle U.S. National Championship to be held May 16-20 in Jacksonville, FL. Hosted by Florida Yacht Club, seven races are planned with two days qualifying and three days of championship competition. While 2021 champion Sam Ingham is currently competing in the Worrell 1000, his dad and 2021 runner-up Mike Ingham will seek to maintain the family name.
The event has drawn a wide draw of competitors, skippers varying in age from 23 – 74, with 10 skippers under 30 and 5 over 70. Along with 8 first-time Nationals skippers, there are 7 past Thistle National Champions competing: Brent Barbehenn, Dave Dellenbaugh, Skip Dieball, Greg Griffin, Mike Ingham, Lloyd Kitchin, and Chris Klotz.
Competitors have come from as far away as Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Thistles are a family-friendly boat with nine family boats and 13 husband and wife boats. Thistle #1, skippered by Chris Klotz, will be sailing in its 50th Nationals.