JULY 21 TO 26, 2019



One of those places - so much so that if you ever wanted to do a west coast nationals this might just be the one. 

Sandpoint is a truly unique location. A former mining and logging town it is now best known as a vacation location. Sandpoint is located between the Cabinet and Selkirk Mountains, on one of the largest lakes west of the Mississippi, and within 9 miles of the second largest ski area (good info just in case it snows in July) in Idaho. Sandpoint, in the summer, has a lot to offer as a location for the 2019 Thistle Nationals.

This will be one of those Nationals where - depending on where you stay -  you will be able to park your car at the beginning of the week and not touch it until the regatta is over. Shopping, groceries, and dining are all in walking distance fo the sailing center. 

The regatta will be hosted by Sandpoint Sailing Association (SSA) and the Seattle Thistle fleet at City Beach Park and Marina. City Beach is right next door to downtown with all its shops and restaurants. City Beach itself is worth the trip. A public access beach with plenty of room to enjoy the lake and the views.

Founded in 1996, SSA has hosted a number of district and regional sailing events and has a proud history of sailing and fun on the water. There are convenient hotels, condos, and camping to accommodate most budgets.   See below for housing options.

One note - Sandpoint is definitely a resort town. It gets busy in the summer. If you are thinking of attending please be sure to make reservations early. 

Where to Stay

Sandpoint is a vacation town and in the summer busy.  Last minute reservations WILL be difficult especially for in-town Air BnBs and the Edgewater Hotel and the Season's Condos - which are right at the sailing venue.  

Our recommendation - even if you are not sure of your plans - make a reservation - you can always cancel. 

Having said that there are several great options. 


We have reserved a group grass camp area for tent campers as well as 20 private sites at the Bonner County Fairgrounds Camping Area. Both camping areas are adjacent to each other.

This campground is about 3 miles from the sailing venue while still being close to shopping and restaurants, and has both tent camping area and regular grown-up type of spots for RVs (or tents for more privacy) that want electrical and water. The sites do not have grey or black water hook-ups but there is a dump station on site. 

There are, of course, showers, wifi, and plenty of space to roam around. Important for on the boat cooperation and long term team cohesiveness.

And for you mountain and road bikers the campground is very close to the climb up to Schweizter Mountain Resort - 9 miles and 2,400 feet of climbing. Ride it on the road on on the dirt - up to you. Either way it is hard but the view is fantastic (or you can just drive there too - it is a lot easier).

Tent camping will be $10 per night. RV (powered) sites are $25 per night. Either requires a one night deposit and you can make reservations by calling or emailing Shelli the winter time Camp Host and let her know that you are affiliated with the Thistle Nationals under the name of "Chambers".  Shelli is a county employee and the off-season camp host.  At some point in the spring, another full time camp host will be answering this phone number.  

One other consideration for the campers, parking at City Beach - the sailing venue - will be limited.  We are going to ask all the campers to buddy up and car pool each morning - more complicated we know but what we need to do to have Nationals in Sandpoint.

Hotels and Condos

For the non-campers you have lots of options - several of which are with in walking distance of the sailing venue. In fact, the Edgewater Hotel and the Season's Condos are right at the sailing venue. A big advantage of these locations is you get a parking spot - again a nice thing to have. The other, the view is fantastic - glass of wine in the hand sitting on the porch with out talking fantastic.

Another great condo option is Condo del Sol - a seven minute walk to the sailing venue. There are other convenient options as well. 

For more info about the best Condo option for you contact our official Conod housing sponsor - Sandpoint Vacation Rentals (208) 263-7570 or Tell them you are with the Nationals and they can help you. 

If you want to stay right at the sailing site with your boat literally at the back door of your hotel room please contact the Best Western Edgewater Hotel:

If you want save some clams and still stay in town - about a five minute walk from the sailing site - contact the La Quinta Inn - Sandpoint. It is near the sailing, the restaurants, and grocery stores:

Another resource for other options - many still in town:

The Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Please Note - we are currently planning on sailing Women's and Junior's on Sunday

  • Friday July 19th   4.00 PM to 8.00 PM - Measurement and launching at City Beach
  • Saturday July 20th 8.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM – Measurement and launching at City Beach
  • Sunday July 21st 8.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 4.00 PM to 6.00 PM – Measurement and launching at City Beach
    • 9.00 AM - Warning signal - Woman and Youth Championship
    • 2.00 PM -  Practice Race: Depending on completion of Woman and Youth Championships, 
    • 6.00 PM - Women’s and Juniors’s Awards, Competitor’s Meeting and BBQ gathering on the beach
  • Monday July 22nd 9:00 AM - Race 1 and 2 – Dinner on your own
    • Post Race – Race winner debrief/keg and open bar
  • Tuesday July 23rd 9:00 AM - Race 3
    • Post Race – Race winner debrief/keg and open bar
    • 6.00 PM - Sailing and Rules Trivia Night – McDuff’s Brew Hall
  • Wednesday July 24th 9:00 AM - Race 4 and 5 and President’s Division Race 1 and 2
    • Post Race – Race winner debrief/keg and open bar 6.00 PM – Pub Crawl/Food Trucks at Matchwood Brewery with Contra Dance
  • Thursday July 25th 9:00 AM - Race 6 and President’s Division Race 3
    • Post Race – Race winner debrief/keg and open bar
    • 8.00 PM - Gather at 219er (Our local high class dive bar) for local live music
  • Friday July 26th 9:00 AM - Race 7 and President’s Division Race 4 - no start after 1430
    • Post Race – Haul Out
    • 6:00 PM Banquet – on the beach or at The Hive.

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Flying: The nearest major airport - about 85 miles is Spokane. Lots fo flights through Seattle, Salt Lake, Minneapolis or Denver. 


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Wayne Pignolet and Chris Chambers - Regatta Co-Chairs

Thistle Nationals 2019

1308 Fir Street, Sandpoint, Idaho 83864, United States

(208) 262-6997 - Wayne
(208) 290-2500 - Chris