Match Race Championships


The Sloop Championship was inaugurated in 1972, but was changed to a Match Race format in 2010. Match racing pits just one boat against another boat. The regatta will be a round robin format with five stages.

In Stage One each team will sail each other once to determine a Gold fleet and a Repecharge fleet. The top six teams will be in the Gold fleet and the bottom four will be in the Repecharge fleet. In Stage Two the Gold fleet will race each other once to determine seeds first through sixth. The Repecharge will race each other once to determine seeds seventh through tenth. In Stage Three seventh and eighth from the Repecharge will join first through sixth from the Gold round to compete in the Quarter Finals where first and eighth will race each other, second and seventh will face-off and so on.

Stage Four will be the semi-finals between the top four teams and then Stage Five is the petite finals and finals between the top teams from the semi-finals. The winning team will be awarded the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy, given in honor of Mr. Shields of Larchmont, New York, who was one of the most well known sailors of his time.  An early benefactor of college sailing, Shields donated more than eighty Shields class sloops to colleges throughout the United States and was named to the ICSA Hall of Fame in its initial year.

The top ten teams from across the nation have qualified from their conference to compete in this championship.

Year Event Website Venue
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego, CA
2015
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
2014
Seawanhaka Corinthian YC & Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, NY
2013
University of South Florida & St. Petersburg YC, St. Petersburg, FL
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1990
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1981
1980
1979
1978
1977
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972