Maggie Shea- Crew
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.
Maggie grew up in Chicago and learned to sail on her grandfather’s boat, Windancer. After racing 420’s and Lasers in high school, Maggie competed for Connecticut College. Competing as team captain as both skipper and crew; 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 received the Connecticut College Brooks-Brown Award for outstanding leadership, scholarship and sportsmanship.
“My college sailing career taught me invaluable lessons about teamwork, goal-setting and time management. 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 and then formed Epic Racing to 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 had been the Sailing Director of the Chicago Match Race Center and served on the US Sailing Match Racing Championships Committee.