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The Shields Technical Committee and National Measurer have authorized experimentation of a full length top batten on the mainsail. See discussion. See some of the pictures of a mainsail in Monterey, CA and let us know your opinion.

NYYC Annual Regatta

New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta

October 2 - 4, 2020 Newport, RI

North America’s oldest annual regatta will feature three great days of racing including the separately scored Around-the-Island Race on Friday, October 2. Competition will take place in ORC, PHRF, multihull and one-design classes and during the Two-Day Series we intend sail in the format that the fleets are accustomed to - ie drop mark buoy racing for most and navigator racing for some. The focus of this year’s event is getting back on the water and sailing. At this time, there are no planned shoreside or social activities.


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The 57th Shields National Championship Regatta

SEPTEMBER 22 - 25, 2021 - Tred Avon Yacht Club - Oxford, MD

During the scheduled four day period of the originally scheduled 2020 Regatta, September 23-26, 2020 (canceled due to Corvid-19) there will be an early sign-up period for the 2021 Regatta, with a special inducement bonus. Any class member signing up during this four day period will receive a $200 discount ($100 off the normal entry fee and a $100 credit off the extras bill at the Yacht Club).

The Shields Class Governing Board on May 13, 2020 has unanimously adopted a new rules for the Basic Rules Governing Measurements and Inspections and these will go into effect in 60 days if no fleet raises objections.

The new rule requires each Fleet Measurer to inspect and measure Registered Yachts sufficiently to certify, that all Registered Yachts so measured and inspected conform to the Specifications and the mast step location should be measured every two years.

The new rule is now incorporated into the Rules. For comparison see the old section.

The Shields Class Governing Board on April 14, 2020 has unanimously adopted new rules for the National Regatta and these will go into effect in 60 days if no fleet raises objections.

The new rules are now incorporated into the Rules. For comparison see the old section. The new rules have the following highlights:

  • Two races minimum required for a National Championship,
  • Course lengths can be 3 to 6 miles and if shortened must be 3 legs (two windward) and at least 3 miles,
  • Time limit for first leg is 45 minutes, 120 minutes for first finisher with 20 minute finishing window. After finishing window yachts scored two plus number of finishers.
  • More guidance is given to the race officer as to maximum winds,
  • Prioritize more races up to maximum of eight over 6 mile required courses.

Beverly BYC Burgee Trophy

Shields Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup

Shields Fleet #10 and the Beverly Yacht Club (Organizing Authority) with support from Fleet #8

Postponed until June 2021

Registration is now open.

Edgatown Regatta

Edgartown Yacht Club 97th Annual Regatta and Shields Class New England Championships

July 16 to 18, 2020
Edgartown, MA

Congratulations to Kenneth Deyett and Bit-of-Honey (#237) for winning the New England Championships with twelve first places in twelve races.

Congratulations and thanks to Fleet #8 and the Edgartown Yacht Club for pulling together a great event that followed social distancing guidelines - the skippers meeting and awards ceremony was by zoom meeting and only Shields crews of three were allowed.

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The 55th Shields National Championship Regatta


Congratulations to Tom Hirsh and Tim Dawson of Newport, RI for winning the regatta. Congratulations to Fleet #10, Marion, MA for winning the Fleet Trophy with places of 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

Thank you to the Chicago Yacht Club and Fleet #3 for hosting the regatta.

Special thanks to Karen I. Hirsch Photography for her pictures and video.


Shields Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup

Shields Class Sailing Association and the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club (Organizing Authority)

April 26 to April 28, 2019
Monterey, CA

WinnersCongratulations to Eric Anderson and his MPYC team sailing Shields 191 for winning the regatta. Pictured are (left to right): Rob Vann, Doug Deppe, Jon Dean, Randy Shore, and Eric Anderson. Lily Robnett (not shown).
Thank you to the hosts and participants for a great regatta.

Regatta Home Results

The next Shields Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup will be in Marion, MA on June 26 to 28, 2020. Please mark your calendar and plan for another great event.