Chicago Yacht Club is thrilled to host the 2019 Shields National Championship
The Shields Class prides themselves on being "simple one-design boats". All Shields go the same speed given basic preparation. The Shields boat learning curve is short, making it easy for a sailing novice to get started in the sport. Over 250 have been built and many are actively raced in fleets around the U.S. No hiking straps are allowed, keeping athletic demands on the crew to a minimum. Shields require very little maintenance. There is no arms race in the Shields Class. The Class limits sail purchases to one sail per year, making competition tight, and accessible to any budget. The Shields enjoys a strong National Association that organizes annual championship regattas, and this year we are very fortunate to host one in Chicago.
For more information on the Shields Class, you can visit their National Association page here.