Maggie Shea
  • Boat Class:
    49erFX
  • Hometown:
    Wilmette, Ill.
  • Birthdate:
    July 13, 1989
  • School:
    Connecticut College, 2011
  • Member of:
    Kilroy Realty, Chicago Yacht Club

Athlete Bio:

Maggie Shea grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan, where she learned to sail on her grandfather’s boat. After racing 420s and Laser Radials in high school, Shea went on to compete for Connecticut College. As a team captain, skipper, and crew, she led her team to a second-place finish at ICSA Women’s Nationals and a fourth-place finish at Women’s Singlehanded Nationals. During her tenure at Connecticut College, Shea was also recognized as an All-American Honorable Mention, NEISA Sportswoman of the Year, and received the Connecticut College Brooks-Brown Award for outstanding leadership, scholarship, and sportsmanship.

After graduation, Shea joined forces with former opponent, Steph Roble, to form Epic Racing—a professional match racing team. Together, they won a bronze medal at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships and the overall Women’s Match Racing series in 2014, with both sailors sharing the helm. Shea also won both the U.S. Match Racing Championship twice and the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship twice, crewing for four different skippers. In 2016, Shea crewed for Sally Barkow on Team Magenta 32, the first-ever all-women’s team to compete on the World Match Racing Tour. Shea was onboard when the team finished third at the North American Championships in 2017. That year, she was named as a Finalist for US Sailing’s 2017 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.

Shea has been racing the 49erFX with various teammates since 2014 but has been on the campaign trail with Roble since fall of 2016. The pair recently placed fifth at the European Championships and have climbed to a ranking of twelfth in the world.

 

Sailing Achievements:

  • Two-Time U.S. Match Racing Champion (2014, 2012)
  • Two-Time U.S. Women’s Match Racing Champion (2014, 2012)
  • All-American Honorable Mention (2009)
  • NEISA Sportswoman of the Year (2011)

 

  • 3rd, 49erFX, Hempel World Cup Series Genoa (Genoa, ITA), 2019
  • 4th, 49erFX, ASAF Cup – Enoshima Olympic Week (Enoshima, JPN), 2017
  • 3rd, 49erFX, 2018 Aarhus Sailing World Championship Test Event (Aarhus, DEN), 2017
  • 3rd, M32, M32 North America Championship 2017 (Chicago, USA), 2017
  • 3rd, J/80, ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships (Cork, GBR), 2014

Expanded Sailing Resume:

  • 9th, 49erFX, Hempel World Cup Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 2nd, 49erFX, Miami Skiff Mid-Winter Regatta (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 5th, 49erFX, Sail Sydney (Sydney, AUS), 2018
  • 10th, 49erFX, 2019 World Cup Series – Round 1, Enoshima (Enoshima, JPN), 2018
  • 5th, 49erFX, European Championship/Progressive Sailing Festival (Gdynia, POL), 2018
  • 11th, 49erFX, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2018
  • 11th, 49erFX, 2018 World Cup Series – Round 3, Hyeres (Hyeres, FRA), 2018
  • 8th, 49erFX, 2018 World Cup Series – Round 2, Miami (Miami, USA), 2018
  • 1st, 49erFX, Miami Skiff Mid-Winter Regatta (Miami, USA), 2018
  • 13th, 49erFX, SWC Series Round 1 – Miami (Miami, USA), 2017
  • 8th, 49erFX, Delta Lloyd Regatta (Medemblik, NED), 2015
  • 13th, 49erFX, Garda and Trentino Olympic Week (Riva del Garda, ITA), 2015
  • 12th, 49erFX, Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta 2014 (Rio 2016 Test Event) (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2014