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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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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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Thistle Spinnakers

Thistle Spinnaker Cross Cut

Quantum San Diego has worked hard to make our spinnakers the best in the fleet. This cross cut spinnaker is a proven design that excels when running. Full and easy to trim! This spinnaker is made with AirX 600 for added durability and affordability. 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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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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Thistle Accessories

Thistle Mainsail Battens

Thistle mainsail battens.

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Greg Griffin

Greg was introduced to sailing at an early age by his father. He soon discovered a lifelong passion that he has pursued for nearly four decades. Along the way, and with family and friends, Greg has collected well over 85 regional and higher-level regatta wins in the competitive Thistle, Lightning, JY15, Tartan Ten, and J24 classes.

More importantly, Greg has discovered a passion for leadership, coaching and involving others as volunteers and competitors in the sport he loves. He has coached and led clinics for the TCA (Thistle Class) for several decades and held many of the class leadership positions along the way, including class president. He continues to share his deep knowledge of tuning, tactics, strategy, rules, and regatta organization whenever asked. Greg has also been active at the grassroots level, serving on various committees, the board of governors, and as fleet captain at his local club.

As a sail consultant and class expert, Greg extends the reach and expertise of the Seabrook, Texas, loft, providing support to not only one-design classes like the Thistle, Lightning, and J24, but also the many cruising customers in the Southeast.

Basic info
  • Position: Sail Consultant
Career highlights
  • Thistle Class National Champion (helm)
  • 4 Time Thistle Class Midwinters East Champion (helm)
  • 4 Time Thistle Class Southern Circuit Champion (helm)
  • Lightning North American Champion (crew)
  • Tartan Ten North American Champion (tactician)
  • JY15 Midwinter Champion (helm)
  • J24 Southeast Regional Champion (helm)
  • 4th J24 World Championship (helm)
  • 3 Time J24 Easter Regatta Champion (helm)
Bill Draheim

One design championship sailor Bill Draheim got his start in sailmaking at age 18 when he spent a year learning the business from Bruce Goldsmith, winner of multiple national and world championships, and a Pan-American Games Gold Medalist. From there, Bill attended the University of Texas, where he was named a Collegiate All-American Sailor. Bill went on to do an Olympic campaign in the 470 class where he was coached by Dave Ullman.

Following his Olympic years, Bill worked for Dave Ullman at his loft in Newport Beach before establishing his own sail loft in Rockwall, Texas. Over the course of his 30 years in sailmaking and competitive racing, Bill has also devoted himself to providing a high level of support and education for his clients.

As a Quantum Sail Consultant, Bill will be supporting a number of one design classes including the J/22s, Thistle, Flying Scot, VX and others as well as working with bigger racing boats and cruising clients.

Bill continues to be based in Rockwall, helping to extend the sales, service, and support provided by Quantum Sails Gulf Coast in Seabrook, TX.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Sail Consultant
  • Current Town: Rockwall, TX
Career highlights
  • Named Collegiate All-American at The University of Texas (1983)
  • Winner of U.S. Sailing Singlehanded Championship (O'Day cup)
  • Two-time winner of U.S. Sailing Championship of Champions
  • Five-time member of the U.S. Sailing Team in the 470 class
  • Winner of close to twenty National Championships in classes including J/22, Thistle, Flying Scot, MC and others
  • Two-time finalist for U.S. Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year
  • Current VX National Champion
  • Current MC Midwinter Champion
George Szabo

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.

Basic info
  • 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
Mark Reynolds

When Mark Reynolds walked into the Opening Ceremonies at Sydney’s Olympic Games, he made U.S. Olympic yachting history as a four-time consecutive Olympic representative in the same event. Well-known as the “Star of the Star class," Mark has won two world championship titles ('00,'95) and three Olympic medals (1992 Gold,1988 Silver, 2000 Gold) in arguably the most competitive One Design class in the world.

Mark started sailing with his father (also a Star World Champion, sailing with Dennis Conner in 1971) when he was four. As a sophomore on the San Diego State University sailing team, he was an All American, leading the collegiate team to 2nd place finishes in 1974 and 1975 in the North American Dinghy Championships. A protégé of Dennis Conner, Mark started his first Olympic campaign in the Flying Dutchman class.

After the 1980 Olympic boycott, Mark started sailmaking at North Sails. Two years later, he left to start his own Sobstad loft, then joined Quantum Sails before the 2000 Olympics.

Basic info
  • Nationality: USA
  • Position: Loft Owner, Quantum Sails San Diego
  • Current Town: San Diego
Career highlights
  • 2012 inducted into the Sailing Hall of Fame
  • 2002 Farr 40 World Champion (tactician)
  • 2002 inducted into Sailing World’s Hall of Fame
  • 2000 ISAF/Sperry World Sailor of the Year
  • 2000 Star Olympic Gold Medalist, Sydney
  • Star World Champion (’00,'95)
  • 1992 Star Olympic Gold Medalist, Barcelona
  • U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year for Sailing (’89, ’92)
  • 1988 Star Olympic Silver Medalist, Pusan
  • 1986 Goodwill Games Gold Medalist, Estonia
  • 1979 Pan Am Games Snipe Gold Medalist
  • Continental Star Champion (10 Times)
  • Bacardi Cup Champion (’02,’98,’97,’93,’90,’89,’84)
  • Kiel Week Gold medalist (’79,’86,’00,’02)
  • 1978 Snipe US National and North American Champion (3 times)
  • 1979 Snipe Worlds runner up
  • ICYRA All-American (’75)
Date Regatta Result
Feb 2, 2020 2020 Thistle Midwinters West 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
Feb 1, 2020 2020 Thistle Midwinter Regatta 1,2,3,5,6
Nov 3, 2019 2019 Thistle Bloody Mary Regatta 2,6,8
Sep 8, 2019 2019 Old Goat Regatta 2,6,7
Jul 25, 2019 2019 Thistle Nationals 1
Jun 26, 2019 2019 New Jersey and Long Island Sound District Championships 2
Jun 9, 2019 2019 Lake Erie and Michiana Districts Results 3
Apr 7, 2019 2019 Thistle Southeast Regional Championship 1
Mar 17, 2019 2019 Orange Peel Regatta 2, 3
Nov 10, 2018 2018 Jubilee Regatta 1
Oct 27, 2018 2018 Great Pumpkin Regatta 1
Sep 15, 2018 2018 Lake Erie Thistle Fall Series 3
Sep 7, 2018 2018 Old Goat Regatta 1
Jul 7, 2018 2018 Meigs Regatta 1
Jun 22, 2018 2018 Thistle Southeast Regional Championship 3
May 26, 2018 2018 Thistle Fleet 48's Dixie Regatta 2, 3
Apr 28, 2018 2018 Thistle Carolinas District and Bottoms Up Regatta 2, 3
Mar 16, 2018 2018 44th Annual Orange Peel Regatta 1, 2
Mar 16, 2018 2018 Orange Peel Regatta 1, 2
Mar 2, 2018 2018 Thistle Midwinters East 1
Feb 27, 2018 2018 Thistle Midwinters East 1
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