Dear Fellow Shields owners and skippers,
Kim Cooper recently sent me an e-mail asking if there were going to be enough Shields sailing in the Newport Regatta, July 11 & 12 to warrant a Shields start. Last year Shields were invited, but because only 2 boats had registered the Shields start was scratched.
She reminded that this will be the 25th anniversary of this regatta. When the regatta started, the Shields class was the only class. I think they will hype up the 25th anniversary, and with all this hype I hope we have a good turnout. There is the potential of a lot of publicity focused on our fleet, and we can use this opportunity to make other sailors aware of our large fleet.
I responded to Kim’s request by stating that I would try to identify skippers, who will be sailing. You can make my job easier if you would e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It usually is a great regatta with 3 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Some years we have raced off shore, but we have also raced inside. Let me know your preference-inside or outside. I sense that Sail Newport is in the process of drafting the NORs and SIs; if we have a significant number of sailors wanting to sail inside or outside, I think Sail Newport would be responsive to our request. The sooner you respond, the more likely that Sail Newport would honor our request.
I hope you will join us and make this a memorable regatta for the Shields.