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The 53rd Shields National Championship Regatta

Hosted by Shields Fleet #19, & the Masons Island Yacht Club
September 20 – 23, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Shields Class National Championship Regatta

Platinum Sponsors

Official Rum

Official Sailmaker and Service Provider

Official Shipyard


Gold Sponsors

Official Automobile

Official Photographer


Bronze Sponsors

Official Optometrist - TotalVision


Gibbs Architects

12 Holmes Street, Suite 12, Mystic CT 06355 




Mason's Island Marina

24 Old North Road • Mason's Island • (860) 536-2608



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

Click here for Event Documents and Entry 

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.Thursday Race

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.

Regatta Committee

The committee is led by Fleet Captain Al Burnett, alburnett14@gmail.com and past MIYC Commodore Lee Reichart, hreich@mac.com.  Important contacts for visiting racers are Housing Chair, Candy Briggs, candybriggs123@gmail.com and Registrar Suzie Canning, wgcanning@snet.net.

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.

 

Regatta Resources and Information

Event Calendar
Registration and Results
Hotels & Resturants
Championship Store
Team1Newport is the official clothing supplier for the 53rd Shields Nationals. They will be onsite Wednesday and Thursday to embroider purchased items to order.

Fleet 19

7 – Rip

7 – Rip

Owner Dan VanWinkle Skipper Jim Gibbs
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64 – Pearl

64 – Pearl

Owners Bob Banas, Hunter Townsend, Jonathan Jones
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79 – Rebel

79 – Rebel

Owner  Chris Wick Crew Lee Reichart, Charles Estabrooks, Josh Paterson, David Shields
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114 – Sophie

114 – Sophie

Owners Al Burnett and Tom Halsey
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170 – Chaste

170 – Chaste

Owners Renny Clark and Scott Parry
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204 – Prudence

204 – Prudence

Owner David Krupp
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210 – Skean Dhu

210 – Skean Dhu

  Owners Van Riley, Barry Saluk and Ethan Tower
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89 – Biddles

89 – Biddles

Owner Bradley Honan
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Our Gracious Host

Countdown to the 2017 Shields National Regatta

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