About the Championship Regatta.
Shields Fleet 19 and Mason’s Island Yacht Club look forward to welcoming you to our island community for the 53rd Shields National Championship Regatta. See you in September!
Regatta Dates: September 20-23, 2017
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Sailing Venue: The racing will be held in the open waters of eastern Long Island Sound, west of Seaflower Reef. We chose the regatta dates to take advantage of the flood in the morning sailing to the racing area and the ebb in the afternoon sailing back to the club.
Mason's Island Yacht Club: Residents of Mason’s Island founded the Mason’s Island Yacht Club (MIYC) in 1928. The purpose of MIYC is “to encourage the sport of yachting; to build, maintain and operate a clubhouse and to provide facilities for such other activities as the members may desire.” The club membership numbers around 200 families most of which reside either year round on the island or summer here. Many of the original families are still here giving the club membership a strong sense of tradition.
The Club is located on the southeast point of Mason’s Island at the mouth of the Mystic River on the north shore of Fisher’s Island Sound. Facing to the east and south, the club overlooks Stonington Borough, Watch Hill and Block Island, RI, and Fishers Island, NY.
Besides the very active Shields Fleet for adult one design competition; junior lessons are offered in sailing, swimming and tennis; regular social activities for all members include the especially popular Thursday evening picnic; and adult athletics in tennis and bocce. The annual Mason’s Island Regatta on the third Saturday in August is one leg of the Fisher’s Island Sound Island Cup. The club's regatta party is renowned throughout the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association for its Mason’s Island Deviled Eggs.
Shields Fleet 19
The Shields class came to Mason’s Island thanks to the leadership of past MIYC Commodore Dan Van Winkle. The fleet now numbers 8 boats with racing conducted every Thursday evening and most weekends during the summer season. The owners, skippers and crews number amongst the leaders of the club with many current and past flag officers regularly competing.
The committee is led by Fleet Captain Al Burnett, firstname.lastname@example.org and past MIYC Commodore Lee Reichart, email@example.com. Important contacts for visiting racers are Housing Chair, Candy Briggs, firstname.lastname@example.org and Registrar Suzie Canning, email@example.com.
The on-the-water Race Committee is led by PRO Charles "Butch" Ulmer a veteran of Shields Championship events having served in the same position at the 2010 regatta held at Mason's Island and the 50th championship held at Larchmont Yacht Club.
The Chief Judge is Danielle Ames Lawson. Veteran Shields racers will remember Danielle from her years sailing at Larchmont Yacht Club, Fleet #1, with her father Mark Ames and Ed Yokum on #183. Danielle won the Moore (Junior) Trophy in 1995 skippering #113. Danielle is an experienced judge most recently serving on the international jury for the Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco.
Mystic Shipyard West
Assuming you are arriving in Mystic on I-95, take exit 89 Allyn Street head south to Mystic Shipyard West, 100 Essex Street, Mystic CT 06355-3315. The yard's contacts are: phone (860) 536-6588; email info@MysticShipyard.com; website http://mysticshipyard.com/index.html. Upon arrival, ask for the yard manager, Tim Porter, who will take care of launching and rigging your Shields. One of our fleet members, Tom Welch, (860) 859-7178, will be available to assist.