The Shields is a tactical keelboat with large fleets at some of North America’s more prestigious yacht clubs. This three decade old design has attracted some of the world’s best sailors to test their match racing and tactical skills. It has also attracted North Sails and, thanks to our technology and attention to detail, our designs have won every National Championship since 1988. We understand that because class sail limitation rules allowing each hull to acquire only one sail per year, durability is as important as performance.
Our Shields Mainsails are built out of yarn tempered cloth nearly 8 ounces in weight, so it is exceptionally durable as well as fast. The shape makes it an excellent light air performer (for Long Island Sound conditions) while its construction makes it wear better than any other (for the gear busters of Buzzards Bay).