Sailing World Championships Coming to MDI in July

MOUNT DESERT — Last year’s North American International One Design (IOD) championships were just a warm-up for this year as the Northeast Harbor Fleet is slated to host the IOD World championships from July 25-31.


The NEHF is expecting representatives from a majority of the 11 fleets that exist around the globe. The North American fleets are: Bermuda; Larchmont and Fishers Island, N.Y.; Northeast Harbor; Marblehead and Nantucket, Mass.; San Francisco, Calif.; and the newest IOD fleet, Chester, Nova Scotia. These fleets will be joined by fleets from Norway (combined fleets from Oslo & Tønsberg), Stenungsund, Sweden, and St. Mawes, Falmouth, United Kingdom.

The original IOD was conceived in 1936 the United States by Cornelius “Corny” Shields. Shields was once hailed as the sailing equivalent of Joe DiMaggio in baseball or Ben Hogan in golf by Time magazine. Shields wanted to bring a racing vessel that eliminated both the high costs of sailing and the unfair advantage of dissimilar designs.

For updated information on the IOD Worlds, check the NEHF Website,

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