Wednesday, July 19, 2006

International Shields Class

In the background the Oxford/Bellevue Ferry - in the foreground is a Shields Class sloop. A crew member is swilling a post race cold one, origin unknown.

The Shields is a prime example of the timelessness of well-founded yacht design. Conceived as a modern follow-up to the International One Design Class, the Shields was designed in the 1960's by Olin Stephens (of Sparkman & Stephens). There are about 250 still sailed and raced today. Under the heading of "most notable gathering," the Shields 2006 National Championship Regatta will be hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA on August 12.

You can view video of last years 40th Anniversary Shields National Championship (held in Larchmont, NY) by clicking on here.

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