The Thistle is a 17' open dinghy designed for racing and daysailing. The Thistle was designed in the 1940's by Sandy Douglas, of International Canoe and 14 fame, and first built in 1945. The sail plan consists of a main, jib, and spinnaker. The boat can be easily rigged by one person. We race them with a crew of two or three, although they can be sailed by one person in lighter air, and comfortably daysail with up to six.