The preferred choice for many one-design racers, the Thistle is a challenging, fast, and exciting boat with a lot to offer. The Thistle is also a relatively easy boat to sail with a maximum projected sail area and low weight haul, all of which keeps racing with it competitive and fun. Quantum and its iQ Technology have produced the ultimate performing sails for these epic crafts. For the longest lasting, best sails to handle the marginal gains, Quantum’s sail package delivers peak performance for your Thistle.

We're also here to help you gain the most from the Thistle class. We offer clinics, coaching, and helpful resources so that you can focus on having fun, learning, and enjoying the Thistle and all that it has to offer. Joining this engaging community can help you develop skills so you're ready to take on the next challenge. Quantum has representatives around the country who support and collaborate with one another and work hard to help you sail faster and smarter.

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Thistle Mainsails

Thistle DT-5 Mainsail

The DT-5 is the ultimate all-purpose mainsail. The sail's flat lower exit makes it forgiving and easy to trim. Setting up the rig for outstanding performance is also straightforward; it's ready to help you hit the course flying. The DT-5 is made from Dimension Polyant 165 OD HTP+, which has been proven to be a fast, durable material on the racecourse.

INCLUDES: Two tell tales on the leech; and optional draft stripes.

Thistle Headsails

Thistle TJ-7b Jib

The TJ-7B is the ultimate headsail for the Thistle. With more sail area than any other Thistle jib, this sail produces the perfect amount of controlled power. The TJ-7B's versatility gives it a wide and forgiving groove. Designed for easily adjusting trim and halyard tension, this sail will exceed in the range of conditions. It is made from Dimension Polyant 180 OD HTP+ Polyester, which improves sail longevity, shape retention, and performance.

INCLUDES: Luff telltales and an upper leech telltale; and optional draft stripes.

Thistle Spinnakers

Thistle Spinnaker Cross Cut

Quantum has worked hard to make our spinnakers the best in the fleet. This Crosscut is a proven design that excels when running and reaching. It's easy to trim, maintains its shape, and excels when it comes to speed. This spinnaker is made with AirX 600 for added durability and performance in a minimum weight package.

Thistle Spinnaker Radial AP

Quantum has worked hard to make its Thistle sails the best in the fleet. The Radial AP is optimized for reaching while still providing plenty of power to sail deep angles. This sail flies when the wind is forward. It is made for the reaches and runs inherent in big regattas. The sail's flatter shape and greater reach also keep up speed in light wind and help the boat shift the apparent wind angle forward to sail lower.

Thistle Accessories

Thistle Mainsail Battens

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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 and Design 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
Date Regatta Result
Feb 5, 2023 2023 Thistle Midwinters West 2
Feb 6, 2022 2022 Thistle Midwinters West 1