The Coasters Harbor Yacht Club is fortunate to have six Shields Class sailboats available at the Marina. These craft were donated to the Navy through the generosity of Cornelius Shields and other benefactors in the Newport area, and include Shields #1, Columbia. Although the original boats were destroyed by a fire in December of 1976, the commitment by the Navy and CHNYC to acquire replacement hulls ensured that these boats remained available to active duty and retired military members in Newport.
These sailboats provide members world class racing opportunities every Wednesday night, as Shields Fleet 9 frequently has over 30 boats on the line, and they are also a wonderful way to cruise the gorgeous lower Narragansett Bay with family and friends. Every season there are both skipper and crew positions available on these boats. If you are interested, contact the Shields Fleet Captain.