Bill Shore's Commitment to the Shields Class
Bill Shore has been involved with the Shields class for over 20 years. In that time, he's learned a lot about this graceful daysailor. The sleek, narrow hull and powerful sail plan allow the Shields to point extremely high when there is enough breeze to power the heavy boat.
The challenge to creating faster Shields sails is to make them versatile. The same heavy, full keel that allows the Shields to sail beautifully in moderate breezes adds wetted surface. It displaces a lot of water. The result is that the Shields is underpowered in light air. We have developed some simple tuning techniques to assist in powering-up this boat.
With only one small jib for all wind velocities, the Shields requires a very specific sail shape. Main and jib have to be adjusted to accept the wider degree of apparent wind angle in light air as well as the extremely narrow apparent wind angle when the boat is pointing high in a stiff breeze. We have spent hours developing the most versatile Shields sails available and made them competitive to the class' required three-year replacement rule. Compared to most one-design classes, three years is a long time for sails to hold their peak performance.
We pride ourselves on designing and building sails that last. As a result, our jib has a tri-radial panel layout, the most respected way to construct long-lasting sails.
The Shore mainsail is a crosscut design. We arrange the lower panels in a rocked pattern so that the lower batten is supported better and the main body of the sail stays flatter longer.
Since most Shields' races are windward-leeward, the Shore spinnaker is designed to project the largest area possible for exceptional downwind performance. The triradial construction means less stretch as well as additional rip-stop protection.
Contact: Bill Shore
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