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Fleet 9 Shields New Englands

Shields New England Championship

Newport, Rhode Island, August 14 -15, 2021

Join us for two great days of racing in Newport, RI, August 14 and 15, hosted by the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, home base of Shields Fleet 9. This regatta is recommended for both newer and more seasoned crews in the Shields class as a chance to test your skills and develop your boat speed over several races. Whether you’re warming up for the Sept. 2021 Nationals in Oxford, MD, or starting to think about the 2022 Nationals in Newport, you’ll gain an edge by competing!

It’s not all about the racing. Your entry fee includes Saturday evening dinner for a team of five on the deck at Ida Lewis YC, where all can socialize in a safe, outdoor environment in the middle of Newport Harbor.

Visitors: Launching and hauling at Sail Newport for visiting teams is easy and fees are modest. We have moorings and launch service available at no charge for the first five boats that register (and probably more). Get your registration in and we’ll get your spot reserved.

Registration: We’re working with Phlotilla this year for registration and all regatta documentation including the Notice of Race. To register, go to the 2021 Shields New England Championship, click “Registration & Merch,” and get started.

Information: Contact John Burnham at or Ted Slee at

Edgartown YC

The Edgartown Yacht Club 98th Annual Regatta

Thursday, July 8th, through Saturday, July 10, 2021

Congratulation to Ken Deyett for winning in convincing fashion at the Edgartown Regatta. Edgartown YC and Fleet #8 put on a great event. Thank you for their efforts and hospitality that even tropical storm Elsa could not stop.

More Information

PosSailBoatSkipper 1 2 3 4 5Total
1237Bit~O~HoneyKen Deyett111115
258Undertaker IIStephen Potter3424316
3251AmusingPaul Mitchell7233217
4128MysticJason Majane5372421
5238White RabbitRichard Robbins2646624
6223AileenClare Evans6555526
7219Deja VuStephen Mettler4767832
8230Bolero IIIan Smith9/DNC9/DNC9/DNC8742

Trophy Awards

Shields Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup

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

June 11-13, 2021

Great racing by all the Shields sailors who competed in the 2021 Ocean-Great Lakes Challenge at BYC over the weekend! Congratulations to Reed Baer and John Burnham from the Ida Lewis Yacht Club (Fleet 9), on winning this year’s event. Ken Deyett from BYC (Fleet 10) placed second, and Eric Anderson from the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club (Fleet 12), placed third.

Thank you to all the BYC volunteers and staff, the committee boat crew, mark boat crews, judges, Harding Sails and Burr Brothers Boats.


Class Rule Changes

The Shields Class Governing Board on May 11, 2021 has unanimously adopted Class Rules Section II 6.6 Meeting via Communication Equipment and a paragraph indicating how the Take-A-Bow award is determined Section VI 5.2 Take A Bow Trophy.

The Shields Class Governing Board on March 9, 2021 has unanimously adopted Class Rules for the Basic Rules Governing Sail Acquisition (to account for the use of used sails) and for the Bow Chock (to handle the RSS redefinition of start and finish). These will go into effect in 60 days if no fleet raises objections. See details.

Dave Perry Rules

Shields Class Racing Rules Webinar Series with Dave Perry

Sponsored by the Shields Class and Shields Fleet 9

Recorded sessions can be seen at

The Shields Class Foundation website is now open and interested in donations of cash and Shields (boat, sails, equipment and trailers). The mission of the Foundation is To preserve authentic one-design yacht racing competition and culture through the introduction and education of new adult and youth sailors to Shields Class sailing everywhere.

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The 57th Shields National Championship Regatta

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

The 2021 Nationals Planning Committee is already at work to make the 57th National Championship Regatta one to remember. We are aiming for record attendance and as a result of our early registration drive ending September 26, 2020 we already have 24 pre-registrations.

US Sailing
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 Grace #107

New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta

October 2 - 4, 2020 Newport, RI

Thank you to the New York Yacht Club for a great event. Congratulations to John Burnham and Reed Baer for winning both the Friday and weekend events.

October 2, 2020 (Friday Event)
1107GraceJohn Burnham/ Reed Baer3311 8.0
2237Bit~O~HoneyKen Deyett1133 8.0
3121MahiDavid Bush-Brown2224 10.0
4245HawkPeter Siegl5642 17.0
5160DiversionRobin Monk4455 18.0
6238White RabbitRichard Robbins6566 23.0
7204PrudenceKelsy Patnaude7715/DNS15/DNS 44.0
October 3 -4, 2020 (Weekend Event)
1107GraceJohn Burnham / Reed Baer21115 10.0
2254AeolusP Thomas Hirsch12236 14.0
3 33MaverickTed Slee66621 21.0
4237Bit~O~HoneyKen Deyett54862 25.0
5258TinkyAlex Hood98543 29.0
6 26TangoKaren Ronan4101157 37.0
7181HelenDirk Johnson837815/DNC 41.0
8121MahiDavid Bush-Brown311310/TLE15/DNC 42.0
9238White RabbitRichard Robbins145410/TLE10 43.0
10160DiversionRobin Monk79910/TLE8 43.0
11245HawkPeter Siegl11715/DNF10/TLE4 47.0
12205NemesisJonathan Krumeich13121079 51.0
13151MeanderScott Foberg10141310/TLE11 58.0
14204PrudenceKelsy Patnaude12131210/TLE12 59.0


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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.