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Updated Results (2 June 2023)

Junior Dixie Results

Photos (credit: Buz Benzur and Nancy Molitor)

Sprechen sie Deutsch? 

You really only have to know one word:


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.  

Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions





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!

After nightfall

Registration and check-in


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registered Junior competitors meet at the Point

9:25 a.m.

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)

12:00 noon

Competitors report to Point for the Skippers’ Meeting

1:00 p.m.

Spectator boat passengers meet at the Point (BYO life jackets)  

1:25 p.m.

1st race warning signal 

2nd race to follow 

6:30 p.m.


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!

7:30 p.m.

Das Kinder Dinner (can you say “pizza” in any language?

AND Herren und Frauen eaten — one big happy!


8:30 p.m.


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


7:30 a.m.

Guten Morgen!

Caffeine and calories before heading back to the water

9:25 a.m.

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.) 

12:30 p.m.


Celebraten the Champions

Auf Wiedersehen till 2024!


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

Notice of Race

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.


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

  • Need three boats to be given a start, so recruit your friends!!!!

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  ( or 678-646-7476)

Mindy Sherry:  ( 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!

No pets.

No firearms. 

No motorcycles.

Please respect CDC guidelines.  Masks are not required.



Debbie Benzur

(404) 272-1218

Dixie Kapitän/Kapitänin

George & Kathleen Willis

(617) 595-2509

(617) 319-9485

Thistle Fleet 48 Commandant

Andrew Harris

(404) 427-0511

Junior Dixie

Mark & Mindy Sherry / 

Mark cell:    678-646-7476

Mindy cell:   770-842-2760

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