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to the 2023 DIXIE
Summer is just around the corner!
Time to get your virtual passport stamped,
check your trailer bearings, mend your nets and
aim your faithful seaworthy craft toward the one and only
May 27-28, 2023
Memorial Day Weekend
Masterminded by Thistle Fleet 48
Atlanta Yacht Club
Welcome to our loosely defined version of international Thistle sailing, where the pond may be small but the racing is hot and the fun is dynamite!
We are building the biergarten just for you, so line up your lieutenants early and mark your calendars for the one spring regatta you won’t want to miss.
“MAYTOBERFEST DIXIE” SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, MAY 26
Arriving guests report to the Clubhaus
If you show up in Lederhosen, it’s Brewskis on the Haus
(Or if you don’t show up in Lederhosen, Brewskis are also on the Haus!)
7:00 ’til whenever
Late-night spaghetti supper, free for freeloaders!
Registration and check-in
SATURDAY, MAY 27
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Registered Junior competitors meet at the Point
1st race warning signal for Juniors
2nd and 3rd races to follow
9:00 a.m. - noon
Dixie registration inside
Pick up t-shirts and merchandise orders at the registration table
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Q: How do you say Brunch in German?
A: “Brunch!” (Duhh)
Competitors report to Point for the Skippers’ Meeting
Spectator boat passengers meet at the Point (BYO life jackets)
1st race warning signal
2nd race to follow
Margaritas and Snackengobbles on the lawn
Big kid games in the yard
Dress code? Your Bavarian finest! Think Lederhosen and suspenders, Dirndl dresses and aprons. Knee high socks with brown boots or strap shoes. Tyrolean hats. Or consider, for a finishing touch, a pretzel necklace!
Das Kinder Dinner (can you say “pizza” in any language?
AND Herren und Frauen eaten — one big happy!
8:31 p.m. till we are kaput
Biergarten, Party und Musik —
(All the German fun stuff but without the akkordion!)
Potted Thistle spy ring activated
SUNDAY, MAY 28
Caffeine and calories before heading back to the water
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.)
Celebraten the Champions
Auf Wiedersehen till 2024!
MONDAY, MAY 29
No more Thistling, but on-the-water fun continues with
the MEMORIAL DAY REGATTA for Lasers and Optis.
Bring a second set of toys and check it out here
Three races are scheduled, two on Saturday and one on Sunday, weather depending. Boats registered will be split into four sub-fleets (Black, Orange, Yellow and Blue), to be announced at the Competitors’ meeting and designated by 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.
When we host a large fleet, 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 on shore comparing notes. Just another fun dimension to our one-of-a-kind Dixie and our already challenging lake!
Trophies will be awarded to the top five skippers and crew .
8:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27
Sailing Instructions (coming soon)
Please Pre-Register on-line. You can still show up the morning of the Jr. Regatta, if you would like a crew spot.
FUN, FRIENDLY AND FREE
Come try a Thistle!
• Open to all Juniors through age 18 (cannot be 19)
• Crew team can include one adult crew (skipper must be a Junior)
• Trophies for first three places
IMPORTANT! Once again this year we are taking registrations online. There is no cost, but please plan ahead and use the form on this website to pre-register. If you need help with borrowing a boat, finding a junior crew and/or a senior crew, or even if you just want a crew spot, please get in touch with one of our Junior recruiters and we will help place everyone who wants to participate:
Mark Sherry (email@example.com or 678-646-7476)
Mindy Sherry: (firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-842-2760)
Next to the German Riviera, AYC is the place to be!
Atlanta Yacht Club
7120 Yacht Club Drive
Acworth, GA 30102
Nearby Motels . . .
Hampton Inn (678) 505-4870
Comfort Inn (770) 975-9920
Days Inn (770) 988-6148
Holiday Inn Express (678) 574-4222
Best Western (across I-75) (770) 974-0116
Camping . . .
Camping is available on club grounds,
with use of clubhouse bathrooms and showers.
For questions contact Rachel Moncrief (cell: 678-898-5759)
and PLEASE don't forget!
Please respect CDC guidelines. Masks are not required.
George & Kathleen Willis
Thistle Fleet 48 Commandant
Mark & Mindy Sherry
Mark cell: 678-646-7476
Mindy cell: 770-842-2760