North Sails has been active in the Thistle class for decades. Our two most popular mainsails and jibs were designed by Greg Fisher and Ched Proctor, and they continue to dominate in one of the largest and best one-design classes in the country.

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Thistle Fisher Mainsail

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Nationals!

The Fisher mainsail won four of the last five Nationals. It is a very pleasing sail to trim and is exceptionally smooth. While slightly flatter down low than the DSD, it is full and powerful up high for true all-around performance. It is a slightly more mainsheet sensitive sail and due to its lighter, stiffer fabric reacts quickly to changes...

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Thistle Proctor Mainsail

2014 Nationals!

The Proctor mainsail excels in light to medium wind and is an easy sail to trim. It is relatively full up top with flatter lower sections, and the draft is slightly farther aft than the Fisher main. It is built with softer, slightly heavier fabric so it is less mainsheet sensitive but more cunningham sensitive. The traveler helps depower and...

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Thistle DSD Mainsail

The DSD mainsail is a relatively full sail up top with flatter lower sections. This sail is very popular with sailors on inland lakes who sail in flatter water, though it has had great success on open water as well. The DSD mainsail is built out of 165sq from Dimension/Polyant that proves to be very durable, while the finish keeps...

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Thistle Northwest Mainsail

This sail has a slightly rounder leech and is slightly more mainsheet-sensitive. It is also flatter, with the draft farther aft and a relatively closed leech. The Northwest mainsail excels on flat water, and it has extremely high pointing capabilities. It's considered a slightly more demanding sail to trim.

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Headsails

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Thistle Fisher Jib

A two-time Nationals winner, the Fisher jib has been made slightly fuller in the entry so it is even easier to steer when the conditions get tricky...light, shifty breeze or heavy winds with big slop. Testing has proved that this jib still points to the moon on flat water or in big breeze. Built out of Dimension Polyant 180 SqHTP.

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Thistle Proctor Jib

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Nationals!

Winner of the last four Nationals, the Proctor jib has recently been refaired to be slightly fuller in the front. It is prettier than ever and a dream to steer. It is a full, powerful sail with an exceptionally wide steering groove and tremendous power in light to medium winds. Built out of Dimension Polyant 180 SqHTP.

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Thistle DSD Jib

The DSD jib matches the back side of the DSD mainsail shape to provide perfect slot symmetry from top to bottom. With the radial foot section and custom clew cover, this sail stands up to the rigors of Thistle sailing. Built out of Dimension Polyant 180 SqHTP.

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Thistle Northwest Jib

This sail has a much flatter entry and the draft is farther aft, which gives it tremendous pointing capabilities in flat water when the steering is less critical. It is built from a lighter, firmer fabric that reacts quickly in light shifty conditions.

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Spinnakers

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Thistle Full Radial AirX500 Spinnaker

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 Nationals!

The Full Radial AirX500 spinnaker won the last six Nationals! The AirX500 is an excellent choice for teams sailing primarily in light lumpy conditions.

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Thistle DSD Spinnaker

The Thistle DSD spinnaker features a cross cut design and is a great all around performer with exceptional reaching capabilities. It is built from AirX 600 fabric.

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Thistle Full Radial AirX600 Spinnaker

The Full Radial AirX600 spinnaker features the same fast shape, however made out of AirX 600 spinnaker cloth which adds durability and more color options.

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Accessories

Thistle Centerboard Cover

The Thistle centerboard cover is handmade to the highest quality standards. Constructed using rugged premium 12 oz polyester 900D fabric, this cover will protect your centerboard when storing your Thistle or taking it on the road.

Thistle Bottom Cover

The Thistle bottom cover is handmade to the highest quality standards. Constructed using rugged premium 12 oz polyester 900D fabric, this cover will protect your boat when storing your Thistle or taking it on the road.

Thistle Rudder Cover

The Thistle rudder cover is handmade to the highest quality standards. Constructed using rugged premium 12 oz polyester 900D fabric, this cover will protect your rudder when storing your Thistle or taking it on the road.

Thistle Top Cover

The Thistle top cover is handmade to the highest quality standards. Constructed using rugged premium 12 oz polyester 900D fabric, this cover will keep your Thistle protected when trailering or storing.

Thistle Boom Whoopie

The North Sails lightweight boom whoopie is an easy to install option as a mainsheet sag preventer. Installed with strong, double sided adhedsive tape, it keeps the slack mainsheet from catching on cleats and people during jibes and anytime the mainsheet is slack.

Thistle Spinnaker Launch Bag

Thistle Spinnaker Launch Turtle

Thistle Class Experts

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Ched Proctor

Milford, Connecticut
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Skip Dieball

Detroit, Michigan
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