Sparkman & Stephens Shields Class One Design

The Shields Class One Design has turned in one of my favorite classic sailboats. She is a sailors sailboat and has most of the features I consider ideal in an engineless sailboat. She is stiff with 3080 lbs of ballast on 4600 lbs of displacement for a ballast ration of 67%. And she has a great light air rig with 360 square feet of sail area for a SA/D ratio of 21. And to top it all off, her fractional rig is easily managed. She is sailed with a working jib and inboard sheet leads so she points well and tacking is a pure joy.

Conceived in 1965 by Cornelius “Cory” Shields of Larchmont, New York and design by Olin Stephens she has an impeccable pedigree and the result is a beautiful boat that can sail in any weather and is easily steered and driven. It is easy to see why she has been called "A Mini Twelve Meter".

About 257 Shields have been built by three builders.

Boats 1 - 20 (Cape Code Shipbuilding)
Boats 21 - 190 (Chris Craft)
Boats 191 - 199 (Hinkley)
Boats 200 - 257 and counting (Cape Code Shipbuilding)

Principal dimensions: LOA 30'2" (9.19 m), DWL 20' (6.1 m), beam 6'5" (1.96 m), dr
aft 4'9" (1.45 m), displacement 4,600 lb (2.1 t), ballast 3,080 lb (1.4 t), sail area (Main, Jib) 360 ft² (33 m²), (Spinnaker) 520 ft² (48 m²)

This is a copy of the original line drawing from Sparkman & Stephens. Click this image for the full size plans

The following table summarize the specs of various sailboats that I enjoy and compare them to my current Bluenose Sloop, Bleu.