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About the Shields

Conceived by Cornelius Shields in the 1960’s as a fiberglass renewal of his cherished IOD class, this Sparkman and Stephens design remains the finest one-design sailboat ever produced. With active fleets sailing throughout the Northeast, Chesapeake Bay, Lake Michigan and California, Shields are raced by sailors who love to compete. At 30′ this 4,ooo lb. keelboat will impress you with its ability perform on windward legs and will delight the crew with its ability to drive deep while running. Don’t dismiss this as “just another pretty boat” until you have experienced the essence of one-design racing in a Shields. Very affordable, Shields sailboats have remained true to their original charter and maintain strict class rules on sail purchases to create a level playing field for all competitors. If you are interested in owning a Shields or starting a fleet, please contact us at

Class Information:

Class Contact:  Ken Deyett, President 

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Class Specs

LOA: 30 ft 2 in 

LWL: 20 ft  

Beam: 6 ft 5 in 

Draft: 4 ft 9 in 

Weight: 4,600 lbs 

Sail Area: 360 sq. ft plus spinnaker