Maggie Shea

Hometown: Wilmette, Ill.
Birthdate: July 13, 1989
College: Connecticut College
Member of: Chicago Yacht Club
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“I can’t wait to take on this next challenge with my best friend and long-time teammate, Steph (Roble). We push each other to be better every day, and we’re ready to do whatever it takes to bring home a medal.”

Maggie grew up in Chicago and learned to sail on her grandfather’s boat, Windancer. After racing 420s and Lasers in high school, Maggie competed for Connecticut College. As as team captain, skipper and crew, she led her team to a second place finish at ICSA Women’s Nationals and a fourth place at Women’s Singlehanded Nationals. Maggie was also recognized as an All-American Honorable Mention in 2009, NEISA Sportswoman of the Year in 2011, and received the Connecticut College Brooks-Brown Award for outstanding leadership, scholarship and sportsmanship.

After graduating from Connecticut College Cum Laude with a B.S. in Political Science in 2011, Maggie and Steph formed Epic Racing to match race professionally. Epic Racing won a bronze medal at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships and the overall Women’s Match Racing Series in 2014, with Steph and Maggie sharing the helm. Maggie 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, Maggie crewed for Sally Barkow on Team Magenta 32, the first-ever all-women’s team to compete on the World Match Racing Tour.

During the rare days Maggie spends off the water, she enjoys yoga, baking and spending time with her family.

Maggie began racing the 49erFX in 2014, and was named to the US Sailing Team in 2014 and 2015. Steph and Maggie have been on the 49erFX campaign trail together since fall 2016.

 

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