GAME ON! It’s the biggest, rowdiest sporting event of the year, when the #1 racing teams in the Thistle League go hull-to-hull in your favorite nautical arena. Who’s playing? Who cares?? This weekend is all about the non-stop pre-game festivities, so let’s just call it what it is... the
May 25-26, 2019 Memorial Day Weekend Sponsored by Thistle Fleet 48 Atlanta Yacht Club Allatoona Arena
Don’t wait for the scalpers to rob you blind at the gate — Go online for your tickets today to reserve the cheapest seats!
(But just so you know, our retractable roof will be open, rain or shine.) See your souvenir program for details.
Race Results (click here for PDF version)
8:30 a.m.,Saturday, May 25FUN, FRIENDLY AND FREE
Come try a Thistle!
• Open to all Juniors through age 18
• Crew team can include one adult crew (skipper must be a Junior)
• Awards for first three places
• Need four boats to be given a start, so recruit your friends!!!!
If you need help with borrowing a boat, finding junior crew and/or a senior crew, or even if you just want a crew spot, please get in touch with one of our JV Coaches and we will help place everyone who wants to participate:
Mark Sherry (firstname.lastname@example.org 678-646-7476)
Mindy Sherry: (email@example.com 770-842-2760)
There’s nothing more fun than going hull-to-hull in a Thistle!
FRIDAY, MAY 24
Arriving teams report to the stadium
Popcorn, junk food and cheap beer
7:00 ’til late
Spaghetti supper (free or chip in) for anyone who needs to bulk up
Registration, recruitment and check-in
SATURDAY, MAY 25
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Junior Varsity Dixie registration at the Point
Junior Varsity Teams meet at the Point
1st race warning signal for Juniors
2nd and 3rd races to follow
9:00 a.m. - noon
Major League teams check-in inside stadium
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Brunch in the stadium food court
Play yard opens for Pee Wee League
Players report to Point for team divisions and regulations
Spectator boat passengers meet at the Point (BYO life jackets)
1st race warning signal
2nd race to follow
Pee Wee chow time
Tailgate party in the stadium parking lot!
Margaritas and munchies, plus a trio of hot grills for your tailgate faves.
Pick-up games on the playing field, with no refs to call interference.
Dress code? Depends on who you want to be! Sports fans, start planning now what position you’re cut out for — offense or defense, running back or referee, tackle or ticket taker, bookie or beer vendor, cheerleader or band leader, medic or mascot. Or you can always just be a spectator, even a loud and unruly one. Anything that gets you in the gate.
Team banquet inside the stadium
Chicken and ribs with hearty sides and salad;
Vegetarian option by request
Cutting of the official Thistle League cake
Let the halftime party begin!
SUNDAY, MAY 27
Caffeine and calories at the food court before heading back to the venue
Pee Wee Players back to the play yard
3rd race warning signal
(No warning signal will be made after 1:00 for Flight 1.
Flight 2 may have a warning signal after 1:00.)
Lunch and post-game wrap-up
Trophies and deafening cheers for the 2019 Tailgate Dixie winners!
MONDAY, MAY 28
No more Thistling, but on-the-water fun continues with the MEMORIAL DAY REGATTA for Lasers and Optis.
Check it out under “Memorial Day Regatta” on the last section of this page.
Three races are scheduled, two on Saturday and one on Sunday, weather depending. Following registration, contestants will be split into four sub-fleets (Black, Orange, Yellow and Blue), to be announced at the Competitors’ meeting and designated with corresponding colors of pennants attached to the sail.
There will be two starts for each of the three races. Each start will include two of the subgroups, rotated after every race, so that if all races are completed each group will have competed against all three of the others during the course of the regatta.
The four-division format allows all boats to compete against the entire Dixie fleet without setting an impossible starting line. This always adds fun and intrigue to the races, where top finishes are a premium and even those looking strong on Saturday’s scoreboard aren't always quite sure who the regatta winner is until the last race is completed and competitors are back to shore comparing notes. Just an added dimension to our one-of-a-kind Dixie and our already challenging lake!
Trophies will be awarded to the top five skippers and crew.
For all the official details, download these PDFs:
* There will be at least two sitters, more if needed.
* Cost for one child is $45 for Saturday and Sunday, or $25 for one day.
* Sibling discount of $5 per child will apply.
Please let us know your child care needs on our pre-registration form by Tuesday, May 21, so we can hire the appropriate number of sitters.
After May 22, please contact Jennifer Garrett to see if there is space available.
For questions regarding babysitting, please contact Jennifer Garrett:
firstname.lastname@example.org OR 678-923-4185 (text or call)
AYC is the place to be!
Atlanta Yacht Club
Camping is available on club grounds,
and PLEASE don't forget!
5231 Rebel Road
Marietta , GA 30068
Tailgate Event Coordinators:
Bob & Rita McCormack
Bob cell: 770-329-5199
Rita cell: 678-642-0568
Thistle Team Quarterback:
Junior Varsity Coaches:
Mark & Mindy Sherry
Mark cell: 678-646-7476
Mindy cell: 770-842-2760
Open Regatta for Laser and Opti
Monday - May 27, 2019
Atlanta Yacht Club
Notice of Race: NOR
Sailing Instructions: Memorial Day SIs
Online Registration: Register
Rules: The Regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing.
Entry Fee w/ lunch: Adult Laser Sailors $15
Junior Sailors $10
Extra lunches $7
Location: Atlanta Yacht Club, 7120 Yacht Club Drive, Acworth, GA 30102
Directions: Directions to Atlanta Yacht Club
Club Gate: Please pull up to gate and it will open automatically on Monday.
Lasers: Full Rig, Radial Rigs, & 4.7 Rigs. Practice sails allowed at this event.
Opti Sails: Practice sails allowed at this event.
Safety: All Sailors shall be required to wear Coast Guard Approved Life Jackets while on the water.
Additional Information: Ed Marks email@example.com