Roble/Shea Sailing

Maggie Shea

49erFX Postion: Crew

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Maggie grew up in Chicago and learned to sail with her family onboard her grandfather’s boat, Windancer. After racing 420’s and Lasers in high school, Maggie competed for Connecticut College. Competing as a captain, skipper and crew over the four years, she led her team to a 2nd place finish at ICSA Women’s Nationals and a 4th place at Women’s Single-handed nationals. Maggie was also recognized as an all-American Honorable Mention in 2009, NEISA Sportswoman of the year in 2011, and she received the Connecticut College Brooks-Brown Award for outstanding leadership, scholarship and sportsmanship.

“My college sailing career taught me so many invaluable lessons about teamwork, goal-setting and time management. In my senior year, I began crewing in the coed division in addition to skippering women’s events, and I learned how much more rewarding the competition could be when you shift the focus from individual awards to team performance. I really enjoyed the challenges of crewing.”

After graduating Connecticut College Cum Laude with a B.S. in Political Science in 2011, Maggie and Steph campaigned for the 2012 London Olympic Games in the women’s match racing class. After being eliminated in the semi-finals of the Olympic Trials, they formed team Epic Racing and continued match racing professionally. Epic Racing won two bronze medals at ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championships, and the overall series in 2014 as co-skippers. Maggie also won both the US Match Racing Championship and US Women’s Match Racing Championship twice.

Maggie began racing the 49erFX in 2014, and was named to the US Sailing Team in 2014 and 2015. During this time, she has been the Sailing Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and served on the US Sailing Match Racing Championships Committee.

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.

“I can’t wait to take on this next challenge with my best friend and long-time teammate, Steph. We push each other to be better every day, and we’re ready to do whatever it takes to bring home a medal.”