Shields Class Sailing Association

Shields Class Sailing Association

Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup


First offered by Chicago Yacht Club in 1915 to encourage competition between the club and eastern yacht clubs.

The first club to accept the challenge was Indian Harbor Yacht Club of Greenwich, CT. Addison Hahan skippered the P Class yacht Josephine to victory for IHYC and the cup went to Greenwich. In 1946, at the suggestion of IHYC, the competition was reinstated using Luders L-16’s and continued for eight years.

In 2014 the event was restarted in Shields. The 2014 event was held in Lake Michigan (Chicago, IL) was won by the Monterey Yacht Club (Shields Fleet #7). The 2015 event was held in the Pacific Ocean (Monterey, CA) and won my the Beverly Yacht Club (Shields Fleet #10). The 2016 event was held in Marion, Massachusette on Buzzards Bay (Atlantic Ocean) and won my the Beverly Yacht Club (Shields Fleet #10).

The 2017 event is scheduled for June 23 to 25, 2017 in Larchmont, New York.

See Chicago Yacht Club web page, list of winners (1915 to 1953) and list of winners (2014 to 2016).

Shields Ocean - Great Lakes Challenge Cup

Shields Fleet #1 and the Larchmont Yacht Club (Organizing Authority)

June 23 to June 25, 2017
Larchmont, New York

The series is limited to the number of charter boats that Shields Fleet #1 can make available. As at April 1st, Shields Fleet #1 has 8 boats available for the regatta and will look to add more in the coming weeks. Only one entry per visiting fleet recognized by the Shields Nationals Class Association will be accepted. Priority will be on a “first come first serve” basis based on paid fee received, with one boat reserved for Shields Fleet #1. After June 1, all unallocated boats will be assigned to other Shields Fleet #1 entries. After April 1, 2017, Shields Fleet #1 will, at its discretion, attempt to add additional boats particularly if the event is over-subscribed.

The regatta will be sailed in Shields Class sailboats provided by Shields Fleet #1 and distributed by random assignment. No skipper shall sail in a boat on which he is the owner or a regular helmsman. Each entry must provide their own sails that conform to Shields Class Rules from a boat in their home fleet.

Event Schedule

Friday, June 23, 2017

1000 to 1200 Registration at Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, New York

1200 Competitors’ meeting at the Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont, New York

1400-1630 Practice races

Social event at LYC or nearby to follow racing

Saturday, June 24, 2017

1030 First warning

1830 Informal Dinner at Larchmont Yacht Club

Sunday, June 25, 2017

1030 First warning

1430 No warning after this time

After racing awards presentation