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2018 Thistle NationalS

The 2018 Thistle Nationals are going to be a blast!

We’re excited to host the Thistle Nationals, July 28 - August 3 (Women's and Junior's will be July 28)!  It’s going to be a blast!!  See below for more info.

On the Water

Our PRO will be Dick Thackaberry, who ran Nationals for us in 2009. Dick and his team have run a boatload of big events including multiple Thistle ACs, Lightning North Americans, Flying Scot North Americans, Cedar Point’s annual OneDesign Regatta, among many others. Dick is a long time dinghy sailor and runs great races.

2017 ACs (Photo by Tina Deptula)

Our Chief Judge will be Bruce Cook. Bruce is an ISAF International Umpire and Judge, as well as a US Sailing Umpire, Umpire Assessor and National Judge. He hails from Bayville, NY, where he works with Oakcliff Sailing Center and their fleet of match racers. He has served as judge or umpire at numerous Olympic Trials, World Championships and Tour Match Racing events.

Unlike in 2009, we will be sailing in the regular CPYC sailing area closer to shore. This is the area we have always used for ACs and Districts. Dick will keep us far enough out to avoid geographic effects, and few will miss the extra distance to the course or the faster current in the middle of the Sound.

2017 ACs (Photo by Tina Deptula)

CPYC and the New Pavilion

Cedar Point was built for regattas like Nationals. The Clubhouse has a large main room upstairs with porches all around so you can always choose to sit on the windward or leeward side. Last year, under the leadership of then Commodore Brian Joyce and current Vice Commodore Charlie Kreitler, CPYC completed construction of a new covered Pavilion. The Pavilion has a large roof with rain curtains and cement floor and is surrounded by outdoor seating areas with couches, chairs, and umbrellas. It’s across the lawn from the Clubhouse on the point and is plenty big enough to seat the fleet. It’s a great addition to the CPYC facilities and we plan to use it for dinners and other gatherings. CPYC also has a couple of beaches for swimming or sunning, a snack bar, lawn games and ping pong. We’ll arrange ping pong and bocce tournaments during the week – start practicing!

CPYC Pavilion

CPYC has a large paved drystall area immediately adjacent to two high-speed hoists within a protected basin. The rigging dock can hold about thirty Thistles and there are many places around the basin to tie up. Launching and retrieval are about as fast as it gets.

Dorm Rooms at Fairfield University

Update February 9:  Good news.  We will be housed in Kostka Hall which has pairs of double bedrooms joined by a shared bathroom.  So, four people will share a bath.  "Team Name" on the registration form will be used to pair up bedrooms so you can share a bath with your teammates.  For more information, go to https://www.fairfield.edu/undergraduate/student-life-and-services/student-services/housing/residence-life/housing-options/suite-style-residence-halls/kostka-hall/.

Do you long to re-live your college days? Fairfield University has agreed to let us rent dorm rooms on their campus for Nationals. Our rate is $350/week for a double room and $294/week for a single room. Rooms will be available Saturday, July 28, with departures on Saturday, August 4 (no partial weeks). Everyone will be housed in one residence hall. 

Fairfield U is ten miles from Cedar Point and has a beautiful campus near downtown Fairfield with its bars, restaurants, shops, delis and amenities. Lodgers will be able to use Fairfield U’s brand new Recreation Complex with excellent workout facilities, pool (limited hours), sports fields, courts and the dorm’s laundry room. Check it out at www.fairfield.edu.

Fairfield University Recreation Complex

Free WiFi will be available and each room has an internet jack and cable outlet with 300 channels, but bring your own tablet, laptop, or TV (and coaxial cable) for your viewing pleasure. Also bring your own pillow and linens, or Fairfield U can provide them for $25/person. 

We’re not sure which dorm we’ll be assigned yet. One possibility has separate men’s and women’s bathrooms on each hall, the other has a shared bathroom between two rooms.

Fairfield U will also have a few townhouses available with two double bedrooms, common room, kitchenette and bath for $580/week. The townhouses are the better deal for a group, but there will only be about 6-8 available (first come, first served). 

Go to this link to sign up with Fairfield U:  https://tinyurl.com/ycyb8lyh.  There will be an option on the page to request a townhouse, if available, but reservations will revert to dorm rooms if no townhouse is available (we won’t know for a while how many will be available). The page will ask for your roommate’s name if requesting a double. 

Doubletree Hotel deal

We’ve worked out a great hotel deal. The Doubletree by Hilton in Norwalk is offering a $109/night group rate for Nationals. It’s a full-service hotel with restaurant, bar and pool, but no free breakfast. It is nine miles from the Club.

We have fifteen rooms blocked for Nationals.  After those are booked, the group rate may not be available if the hotel is full, so reserve your rooms early.  No reservations at the group rate will be available after July 20. 

To make your reservation, call (800) 492-7148, and request the “Thistle Nationals - Cedar Point Regatta” group rate.  You can also book online by going to www.norwalk.doubletree.com and selecting the “Add Special Rates Code” option and entering “CPR” in the “Group Code” box.

If you seek luxury, we suggest the Inn at Longshore across the inlet from the Club, or the Delamar in Southport.  Other mid-priced options include the Westport Inn, Hilton Garden Inn Norwalk, and Marriott Courtyard Norwalk.

Camping on the Norwalk Islands

For the intrepid sailor/camper, the Norwalk Islands are just offshore from Cedar Point and have public campsites. They are beautiful little islands of sand, trees and rock with protected beach landing areas, but they are islands and the Club can’t provide ferry service. Other than these islands, there are no campsites nearby.

Cockenoe Island

The nearest island to CPYC is Cockenoe, which is about a mile by water; reasonable kayak distance for those so inclined.  Cockenoe has four campsites managed by the town of Westport. Of note is that you can beach launch Thistles here and it’s adjacent to the sailing area, but there are no bathrooms or other amenities on the island. A permit application can be found at www.westportct.gov/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=249.

The town of Norwalk manages sixteen campsites on Grassy and Shea islands. These are farther away, about 2-3 miles by water from CPYC and have bathrooms/outhouses. More information can be found at www.norwalkct.org/581/Fees-Permits.

To make these work, campers would need to bring a boat or boats that can land on a beach and figure out the logistics. We know it’s not ideal and would take some planning, but you couldn’t ask for better scenery.


The festivities are still in the early planning stage, but here’s our outline so far:

Sunday:        Opening Ceremony followed by Dinner in the Pavilion

Monday:        Food Truck with Band in Clubhouse

Tuesday:       Dinner in the Pavilion and Talent Show

Wednesday:  Night Off (Restaurant / Bar Recommendations will be Provided)

Thursday:      Food Truck, Blenders, and Theme Party in Pavilion with Band

Friday:           Banquet in the Pavilion

We’re looking for a beer sponsor to provide discounted kegs, but could also use your help. If you or your fleet would like to sponsor a keg with signage at the taps, please send us an email at the address below.  Keg sponsorship is $80 per keg and will enable us to keep the taps open and reduce regatta fees.

Come test the waters at the Open Mega Districts at CPYC June 2-3

Update February 9:  Online code for the Doubletree Districts deal is now "ONE" instead of "ODR." 

The Long Island Sound and New Jersey Districts will combine for an Open Districts Regatta at Cedar Point on June 2-3. When we combine the two District regattas we usually get about thirty boats. Given all R&D boats are welcome and it’s the Nationals site, we’re hoping for forty-plus boats.

This regatta will be part of CPYC’s annual One Design Regatta for big boats and sport boats. We’ll share a circle with the J-70’s. It’s always a great event with an awesome party. 

For this weekend, the Doubletree is offering a rate of $89/night. We have ten rooms blocked, so reserve your rooms early.  No reservations at the group rate will be available after May 25. 

To make your reservation, call (800) 492-7148, and request the “One Design Regatta - Cedar Point Yacht Club” group rate.  You can also book online by going to www.norwalk.doubletree.com and selecting the “Add Special Rates Code” option and entering “ONE” in the “Group Code” box.


We can't wait to see you! 

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