Thistle Class Info

Bringing our knowledge of the Thistle together with Quantum's iQ Technology, we have created the next generation of Thistle shapes. To order sails or learn more about what we can do for you, please contact one of the class experts.

Thistle Mainsails

Thistle DT-5 Mainsail

The DT-5 is a great All Purpose Mainsail. It is relatively flat and especially straight in the back end. This allows it to be sheeted harder without stalling. Great in light air/ flat water, or big breeze, the DT-5 does it all. New in 2012 was a change in cloth to a proprietary Dacron developed for the Olympic Star class. It has proven very fast and durable.

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This product may be ordered through your local rep or a class expert. For more information search for a loft or call 1-888-773-4889.

Thistle Headsails

Thistle TJ-7b Jib

The TJ-7b is one of the biggest sails on the market. This translates into more power in the rig. It is sensitive to jib halyard as conditions change, but this versatility gives the sail a wide and forgiving groove.

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This product may be ordered through your local rep or a class expert. For more information search for a loft or call 1-888-773-4889.

Thistle Spinnakers

Thistle Spinnaker Radial AP

Quantum San Diego has worked hard to make our Spinnakers the best in the fleet. This has resulted in 2 different cuts (both are radial construction). If you want to win the Nationals, you need a sail that can reach. The SC-7 flies when the wind goes forward! Its flatter shape can be a challenge to trim. Both sails are available in different cloths for added durability or performance in waves. Give one of our experts a call for help figuring out which sail is right for your Venue and expected racing schedule.

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This product may be ordered through your local rep or a class expert. For more information search for a loft or call 1-888-773-4889.

Thistle Accessories

Thistle Spin. Turtle (each)

Spinnaker turtle bag.

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Choose a Team Member

George grew up in San Diego racing Stars, Lasers and Snipes. As a kid, he made sails for his model boats before eventually taking a part-time job with Quantum during high school and college. He came on full-time in 1993 as a sailmaker and designer.

Using the latest computer design programs, George is able to create the fastest, most efficient sails for smaller One Design boats. This technology, combined with his intimate understanding of One Design sailing, allows him to create the most versatile sails available. The San Diego loft designs a variety of One Design sails, including Thistle and Lido 14, but their specialties are Olympic Class Star and Snipe boats.

George is the 2009 Star World Champion, as well as an 21-time National/North American Champion. In addition to his sail-making abilities and wins, he is also an accomplished keelboat tactician and trimmer.

  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: San Diego
Career highlights
  • 2011 Star North American Champion
  • 2010 Star North American Champion
  • 2009 Star World Champion
  • 2005 Star North American Champion
  • 2005 Snipe National Champion
  • 2001 Star North American Champion
  • 2000 Snipe North American Champion
  • 2000 Snipe National Champion
  • 1999 Snipe North American Champion
  • 1999 Snipe National Champion
  • 1998 Snipe North American Champion
  • 1998 Snipe National Champion
  • 1997 Snipe North American Champion
  • 1997 Snipe National Champion

Allan Terhune, Jr. brings an impressive resume to his job as Global One Design Director for Quantum Sails. A resident of Annapolis, he is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and served as a commissioned Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He spent two years as the Director of Basic Seamanship Training at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he managed a fleet of more than 60 boats and directed the plebe summer sailing program, teaching more than 1,200 midshipman to sail each year.

An active and accomplished one design sailor, Terhune has won 11 North American Championships – which include the Lightning, Flying Scot, and Thistle classes – has turned in top performances in the Etchells, J/80, and J/70 classes, and was the 2013 J/22 World Champion. He’s a two-time finalist for the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (in 2008 and 2013), and was the 2007 U.S. Sailing’s One Design Leadership Award winner.

Terhune works directly with One Design owners and provides oversight for the company’s One Design program including sail development, sales and marketing, and program expansion.

  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Global Inshore One Design Director
  • Current Town: Annapolis
Career highlights
  • Championship Finishes
  • J/22 World Championship – 1st, 2013
  • J/22 Midwinters – 1st, 2013
  • J/22 Annapolis NOOD – 1st, 2011, 2013
  • J/22 World Championship – 3rd, 2011
  • Lightning North American Championship – 1st, 2003, 2008, 2013
  • Lightning North American Championship – 2nd, 2006, 2007, 2013
  • Lightning European Championship – 1st, 2007
  • Lightning Southern Circuit – 1st, 2009
  • Lightning World Championship – 2nd, 2007
  • Lightning Midwinters – 1st, 2004, 2013, 2014
  • Flying Scot North American Championship – 1st, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Flying Scot Midwinter Championship – 1st, 2008 2009
  • Thistle Midwinters – 1st, 2012
  • Thistle Nationals, - 1st, 2012, 2013
  • Etchells, Sid Doren Jaguar Cup – 1st, 2009
  • Etchells North American Championship – 3rd, 2008
  • J/70 DIYC #3 – 1st, 2014
  • J/70 Fall Brawl – 1st, 2012
  • J/80 North American’s (tactician) – 2nd, 2013
  • US Sailing Championship of Champions – 1st, 2004
  • US Sailing Sears Cup – 1st, 1995
  • College Sloop Championship – 1st, 1999

Rick Rothenbuhler

Serving southeast Michigan is experienced sailmaker Rick Rothenbuhler. Along with an extensive background in racing and one design sailing, Rick has nearly ten years of sail design experience and over twenty years of sailmaking experience.

Rick focuses on new sails, service and support, as well as designing sails for production racing and cruising boats. He also serves as Quantum’s lead designer for several one design classes.

Previously, Rick served many years as a designer, production manager and salesman with sail lofts in Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Rick is well known in Great Lakes sailing circuits, accumulating numerous one design wins in the Tartan Tens, Laser, Lightning, Thistle, J/22, J/24 and Interlake classes, including several North American Championships and five World Championships while sailing with customers. Rick has sailed 15 Chicago and Port Huron Mac races with four class wins.

  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant/Sail Designer


Date Regatta Result
May 21, 2016 NorCal District Championship 1
Jan 31, 2015 Mid-Winter West 3
Feb 1, 2014 Midwinter West 1