Section Table of Contents
I - By-Laws Governing the National Regatta
II - Rules for the National Championship Regatta
III - Selection of Venue for the National Championship Regatta
IV - Outline for Request for Proposal
V - Championship Awards
VI - Log of Winners of Perpetual Trophies - National Championship Regatta
VII - Sample Sailing Instructions - National Championship Regatta
VIII - Calculation for the Cornelius Shields Memorial Trophy
IX - Past Shields Class National Champions
The Regatta shall be managed by a National Championship Committee appointed by the Governing Board, including the President, the Measurer and one or more members of the host fleet. Eligibility of an entrant for the Regatta is to be ruled on by the Committee prior to the first race of the Regatta; thereafter, violations of these By-Laws are subject to protest.
Except as otherwise specified in this Section VI or in the Sailing Instructions, the rules of the United States Sailing Association shall govern.
The number of persons aboard a boat shall be not less than three. For crews of five or more a limit of 1000 lbs shall apply. There is no weight limit on crews of three or four persons. Each boat shall be required to carry, throughout all races, the same number of persons on board as at the start of the first race of the regatta. The Notice of Race and/or Sailing Instructions shall address the methods for enforcement of this rule.
The United States Sailing Association's Appendix A, Low Point System, shall be used.
There shall be not more than eight nor fewer than three races. Three races completed will constitute a Regatta. No more than three races per day can be scheduled.
Extraordinary means of hiking are prohibited in the National Championship Regatta. (See Section III - Basic Rules, 5.3 Sailing Restrictions - Hiking)
The following guidelines for the Regatta are to be followed where practicable:
The site of future National Championship Regatta shall be determined by a vote of the Governing Board based on proposals of those Fleets that wish to hold the event.
The responsibility for arranging the Regatta including providing suitable facilities, prizes and entertainment rests with the Fleet holding the event with input from the National Championship Committee (see Section VI-1.1). The Regatta shall be self-funded (fees, sponsorship and merchandise sales) with profit or loss being borne by the local Fleet except that expenses related to perpetual awards (shipping, engraving, maintenance, insurance, etc.) shall be the responsibility of the National Association.
Fleets wishing to host the National Championship Regatta shall submit a "Request for Proposal" (RFP) to the National Governing Board as soon as practicable.
The National Governing Board shall accept one proposal from those submitted each year, until February 1st. Proposals not accepted shall be given time to re-submit for subsequent years. Every effort shall be made for Regatta sites to be determined at least two years ahead. Discussion of these proposals shall be given no more than 90 days consideration, at which time the Governing Board shall vote on the proposals.
The National Governing Board may reopen the RFP process even after an award has been made if, in its opinion, there is sufficient reason to do so.
The Organizing Committee of any local Fleet wishing to host a National Championship Regatta should provide a submission covering the following subjects:
Venue - The waters on which the series is to be held
Inclusion of the date proposed for the Regatta complying with class rules.
Sailing Conditions - A brief description of the usual sailing conditions found during the month proposed for the National Championship Regatta
Shore Facilities - A brief description of the following facilities:
Sponsoring Yacht Club - If appropriate, including information about the sponsoring Yacht Club, its interest, its involvement, its facilities and its support staff.
Race Committee and Race Committee Boat(s) - A description of the availability of a Race Committee boat and chase/marker boat(s). In addition, include a description of the Race Committee and its qualifications.
Loaner Boats - A roster of loaner boats, their numbers and owners, including a commentary of the condition of each. The insurance coverage of these boats should be carefully described.
Housing Accommodations - A brief description of available personal as well as commercial accommodations.
Provisioning Accommodations - A brief description of chandlers, sail lofts, riggers, boat yards, etc.
Financial Impact - A description of estimated participant entry fees and other costs (including fees for launching mooring and storing etc.), and any participant traveling incentives, if appropriate. In addition, local Fleet budgets for programs, activities and events such as meals, parties and other lis like trophies.
Entertainment - A broad description of planned entertainment. In addition, any potential activities for non-racing companions is useful.
History - A record of the dates of prior National Championship Regattas held in this venue.
Multiple skippers are allowed per yacht and each skipper should be considered individually for the Cornelius Shields Memorial Prize, Senior Skipper Award and Junior Skipper Award. There is no requirement that a skipper be a helmsman.
To be presented annually at the Shields National Championship Regatta:
Sterling Silver Chippendale tray donated by Cornelius Shields and awarded each year to the winner of the Shields National Championship Regatta.
Shields half-model donated by the Western Long Island Sound Fleet No. 1 and the Larchmont Yacht Club in 1982 in memory of Cornelius Shields and awarded at the Shields National Championship Regatta to that skipper who achieves the greatest improvement in his standing from the previous Shields National Championship Regatta.
ELIMINATED (1/8/2012). Pewter Revere bowl donated in 1984 by Christopher Withers, Captain, USN, ret., of the Narragansett Bay Fleet No. 9, and awarded annually for the best performance by an institutional crew in the Shields National Championship Regatta.
Pewter tray donated in 1981 by James B. Moore, Jr., of the Manhasset Bay Fleet No. 2 and awarded for the best performance among the five oldest skippers in the Shields National Championship Regatta (excluding the winner of the Shields National Championship Regatta).
Pewter Chippendale tray donated in 1981 by James B. Moore, Jr., of the Manhasset Bay Fleet No. 2 and awarded for the best performance among the five youngest skippers in the Shields National Championship Regatta (excluding the winner of the Shields National Championship Regatta).
Fully rigged bow section of a Shields Yacht mounted on a teak door. It was donate in 1985 by the Commodore and membership of Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club, and later refurbished by Brian Ladouceur, Graham Quinn and the crew of Shields No. 46, of the Buzzards Bay Fleet No. 10. It is awarded each year to an individual or individuals selected by a special committee to reward and celebrate dubious achievement during the Shields National Championship Regatta.
In recognition of James B. Moore, Jr.'s invaluable service to the Association as President, as Founder of Fleet No. 2 and in numerous other capacities, the Long Island Sound District, consisting of Fleets Nos. 1 (Western Long Island Sound), 2 (Manhasset Bay) and 5 (Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club), instituted in 1991 a prize to be awarded each year to the crew of the winning yacht to recognize their efforts in attaining that goal.
ELIMINATED (2/9/2016). Donated in 2006 by the Goodwin's and Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co., is awarded to the last place finisher of the Shields Nationals Regatta (who actually competes). The award recognizes the effort it takes to race in a National Regatta and that last place is far superior to not participating at all. It is expected that in the year to come both the trophy and its recipients will be improved for the next Nationals. This stern section was a casualty of contact that came from a boat repaired by Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co. and is ably sailing again.
It is to be awarded to the top finishing skipper sailing in his/her first Nationals. Gordon was a long time member of Fleet #9 and the 1976 Shields National Champion.
Kap-Dun Trophy - donated in 2008 by Fleet #21, Tred Avon Yacht Club, awarded to the winning fleet calculated by the fleet's top three finishers with a minimum of three boats racing in order to qualify. The three boat requirement may be changed by the Sailing Instructions. The Kap-Dun Trophy is named after the historic first name of the Tred Avon Yacht Club. On June 17, 1931, a group of men met in Oxford, MD., and voted to establish the Kap-Dun Racing Association. By July 15, they voted to change the name to the Kap-Dun Yacht Club. According to a written history by Jerry Valliant, elected as president of the club in 1931, the name Kap-Dun was first used as the name of a club established in a small building just east of the ferry dock as a swimming and canoeing club. When the sea nettles (jellyfish) arrived, they quickly changed the focus to a club which would promote sailboat racing. Thus the Kap-Dun Yacht Club was born. The club later changed to Tred Avon Yacht Club, after the name of the river the club sits upon. The name Kap-Dun comes from an old English spelling of the word Cape (point) and Dun meaning Town. The club being located on a point, near the town of Oxford.
The winners championship awards shall have their names engraved on the permanent trophies and shall receive an appropriate keeper trophy provided at the expense of the Regatta Committee. The storage location of the permanent trophies are as indicated in the table. The Governing Board may allow any of the trophies to be stored with the year's winner, other temporary locations or at the venue for the National Championship Regatta.
|Trophy||Storage Location||Keeper Trophy||Inscription on Permanent Trophy|
|Shields National Championship Trophy||???||Yes||Skipper name(s) and date|
|Cornelius Shields Memorial Prize||???||Yes||Skipper name(s) and date|
|Senior Skipper Award (Moore Trophy)||???||Yes||Skipper name(s) and date|
|Junior Skipper Award||???||Yes||Skipper name(s) and date|
|Take A Bow Trophy||Award winner or his YC||Optional||Optional|
|James B. Moore, Jr. Memorial Prize||No permanent trophy||Yes||-|
|Gordon L. Benjamin Memorial Newcomer Award||???||Yes||???|
|Kap-Dun Trophy||Determined by winning Fleet||No||Fleet and Date|
1. Shields National Championship Trophy
2. Cornelius Shields Memorial Prize
3. Shields Class National Championship Institutional Trophy
4. Senior Skipper Award (Moore Trophy)
5. Junior Skipper Award
6. Take A Bow Trophy
7. Golden Stern Award
8. Gordon L. Benjamin Memorial Newcomer Award
9. James B. Moore, Jr. Memorial Prize
Historically, this prize has consisted of keepers for each crew member. There is no need to record the recipients here except for informational purposes.
10. Kap-Dun Trophy
See United States Association "The Racing Rules of Sailing" Appendix L - Sailing Instruction Guide.
This Trophy is to be awarded to the skipper that shows the most improvement from one National Championship Regatta to the next.
The suggested method of calculating the score for awarding this trophy is as follows:
Identify the skippers that sailed in both regattas.
Convert the official low-point scores to high-point scores for each skipper for both years.
High-point_Score = (Entries + 1) x (Total_Races - Discards) - (Low-point_Score.)
|Withers' Low-Point Score||-13|
|Withers' High-Point Score||152|
Determine the perfect score for both years. That is: what a boat's score would have been if it had won all of the races.
Perfect_Score = (Entries) x (Total_Races - Discards)
Calculate for each skipper and both years a percentage of the perfect score.
Percentage_of_Perfect = (High-point_Score) / (Perfect_Score)
|Example: 1983||152/160||Withers' High-Point Score divided by Perfect Score|
Determine the improvement in percentage of perfect for each skipper prior year to current year.
Improvement = (Current_Percentage_of_Perfect) - (Prior_Percentage_of_Perfect)
|Example: 1983||95.0%||Withers' 1983|
Rank competitors by percentage of perfect improvement. Greatest improvement wins.
Note: Some judgement is required in determining the winner of this trophy. The WLIS Fleet believes that the percent-of-perfect score for the base-year should be determined by races finished. The trophy should not be awarded to a skipper whose low prior year's score was because of DSQs, DNFs or DNSs.
If a skipper has four finishes and a DNF, calculate his percent-of-perfect base score on the four races finished.
|Example: 1982 Scores|
|21 - Hadley||11-16-9-37-20 (38 was Drop Race)|
|To calculate adjusted base-year:|
|1) Drop 37-DNF, therefore adjusted low-point score = 56|
|2) Convert to high-point:||4 x (36 + 1)||148|
|- Low Point||-56|
|High Point Score||92|
|3) Perfect Score||36|
|4) Adjusted percent-of-perfect: 92 divided by 144 = 63.9%|
If an entrant completes less than three races in the base-year series, he should not be considered eligible for the trophy.
All races including DSQ'S, DNF'S, and DNS'S should be included in calculating the current year's percent-of-perfect scores.
This trophy does not have to be awarded each year if, in the opinion of the National Regatta Committee, a scoring quirk exists that makes the award illogical and inappropriate.
Calculations of the 1982 and 1983 National Regatta scores are attached.
An Excel spreadsheet that can be used for trophy calculations is available.