Shields Class Sailing Association

Shields Class Sailing Association

It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Richard Slaughter, the Class’s editor of the Masthead and co-owner of Black Pearl. See

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Video: Shields - The Finest One-Design Racing Class Turns 50

A short film produced by Peter Fernberger and narrated by Cornelius Shields Jr.

2017 National Regatta

The 53rd Shields National Championship Regatta

Masons Island Yacht Club

Hosted by Shields Fleet #19, & the Masons Island Yacht Club
September 20 - 23, 2017


Shields Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup

Shields Fleet #1 and the Larchmont Yacht Club (Organizing Authority)


June 23 to June 25, 2017
Larchmont, New York

The series is limited to the number of charter boats that Shields Fleet #1 can make available. Shields Fleet #1 will announce the number of available boats by April 1st, 2017. Only one entry per visiting fleet recognized by the Shields Nationals Class Association will be accepted. Priority will be on a “first come first serve” basis based on paid fee received, with one boat reserved for Shields Fleet #1. After June 1, all unallocated boats will be assigned to other Shields Fleet #1 entries. After April 1, 2017, Shields Fleet #1 will, at its discretion, attempt to add additional boats particularly if the event is over-subscribed.

The regatta will be sailed in Shields Class sailboats provided by Shields Fleet #1 and distributed by random assignment. No skipper shall sail in a boat on which he is the owner or a regular helmsman. Each entry must provide their own sails that conform to Shields Class Rules from a boat in their home fleet.

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New England Shields Championships

45th Annual Buzzards Bay Regatta


New England Shields Championship at Buzzards Bay Regatta is a big local all-volunteer regatta with a mix of boats reflective of those sailing or rooted in the Buzzards Bay area. On a regional basis, it may not be the biggest, but it is known throughout the Northeast as one of the best and most fun. For 2017 the event will out of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Shields Nationals - 2016

The 52nd Shields National Championship Regatta

Monterey Shields

Hosted by Shields Fleet #7, #12, & The Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club
September 28 - October 1, 2016

Congratulations to the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, the Regatta Committee and all the participants for a great event. The winning team was Grace #107 skippered by John Burnham and Reed Baer winning over #239 William Berry and #187 Mike Polkabla in a 3-way tie-breaker.

Photographs by Patrick Tregenza are available on


Final Results


Shields Nationals - 2015

Congratulation to Betsy Alison, Ted Slee and the crew of #33 Maverick for winning the 2015 National Championship in Newport, RI.

Final Results



The 51st Shields National Championship Regatta

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Shields Book - Celebrating Fifty Years of Competition

The The Shields One-Design Class is now available at for $150 a portion of which goes to the Class Association.

  • Includes history of how the Shields One-Design was created
  • Handsome 13" x 11" hard bound 90 page presentation book
  • Published by the Shields Class Association
  • Details about Cornelius Shields, the man dedicated and passionate about one-design competition
  • Never before seen historic documents from the builder
  • Owner remembrances about the racing and camaraderie
  • Professional photography of Shields racing today
  • A delightful recounting of the Shields 50th National regatta, including the Legends Regatta

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Shields Book

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