Oct 162015
 

The Shields Fleet 9 Nominating Committee have submitted this slate of officers for the 2016 Season for the Fleet Owner’s approval at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Captain – Ted Slee

XO – Tom Rich

Secretary – Kurt Edenbach

Treasurer – Ron Oard

At Large – Bill Doyle

 

Respectfully Submitted,

John Burnham, Jay Gowell & Jamie Hilton

Apr 272015
 

The lifts will be unavailable during the VOR Stopover, please see this excerpt of a memo from Vinnie at SailNewport:

-We highly recommend that you try to launch your vessels before May 5 (or after the 18th).  Once the village is open, entrance to the park and parking vehicles will be a similar procedure to what you would expect on Folk Festival or Jazz Festival weekends.

-If you are unable to plan outside of those dates, please plan accordingly.  Bring enough people that the vehicle and trailer can go away as soon as you splash.  We may not be able to accommodate even short-term parking for vehicles and trailers.

Thursday May 14 through Sunday May 17 will be the Pro-AMs, In-Port, and Leg Restart Days.  You should absolutely plan to commission outside of these dates, with the expectation that traffic and parking will be something similar to a Patriots game if the Pats only had one narrow road leading to Gillette.

Apr 152014
 

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Apr 142014
 

From the Fleet 9 Measurers:

With the season fast approaching, it is important to contact Mike Vellucci measurers@shieldsfleet9.com to schedule measurement of your boat prior to launch if you have had any work done over the course of the winter or if you have had work done since the last time the boat was measured. The areas of most importance are the hull, deck, rudder and keel.

Also if you have purchased new sails, be sure to contact our sail measurer, Tim Healey sail-measurer@shieldsfleet9.com and log the information on the class website under the Sail Inventory Registry link.

Apr 132014
 

Studies show that 9 out of 10 sailors think they know the rules of the sport…but don’t!  It’s no surprise – the rule book is daunting and rules wording seem confusing.  As a result, most of us learn the rules haphazardly by cross-the-water shouting or bar-counter anecdotes, opposed to actually reading and truly understanding the rules.   But there’s hope!  Team Race guru Joel Hanneman offers a rules talk geared towards providing deeper understanding to the rules structure and therefor how to think through them clearly.  Furthermore, he will review the common situations encountered on courses in the Shields fleet.  Topics are limited to boat-on-boat encounters: Part 2 “When Boats Meet” and relevant definitions.  The session will start off with an interactive lecture and we’ll open up with Q&A.  Do come with your own questions and your copy of the 2013-2016 Racing Rules of Sailing or the handy rules app from USSailing.