49erFX Postion: Helm (Driver)
Steph Roble grew up in Wisconsin, on Lake Beulah, sailing scows and dinghies starting at age 5. She fell in love with sailing and competing while in the Optimist class. She represented team USA at the Optimist World Championship, European, North American and Lago di Garda regattas and won the Optimist Midwinters and Orange Bowl.
After her success in the optimist, she qualified to represent the US at the Youth World Championship in the Laser Radial by winning the Junior Women’s Singlehand Championship. In 2014 Steph met Maggie through Laser Radial sailing, became great friends and ultimately teammates on the 29er and 420. Little did they know at the time where their friendship would take them.
Steph went on to attend Old Dominion University where she received two All-American sailing honors, 3 time team MVP, was the team captain and earned a degree in Finance. She was one of the few women competing as a skipper in the open division in College Sailing. The height of her college career was a 3rd place finish at the Singlehand Championship (Laser Radial) and 3rd place at the Women’s College Dinghy Nationals as a skipper.
After college Steph aimed to focus on sailing, specifically match racing. She and Maggie, along with Darby Smith, qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the women’s match racing class. Although they didn’t qualify for the Games, Steph and Maggie continued to match race and formed the team, Epic Racing. In 2012 Steph looked to turn her passion into a career so that she could spend as much time as possible on the water, broaden her skills and become a successful teammate. She has played several key roles on high level programs including bow, tactician, strategist, and driver in multiple classes including match racing, J70, Melges 20, and Etchells.
Steph has won the US Women’s Match Racing championship twice, once as helm and crew as well as the open US Match Racing Championship as crew. She, as the skipper of Epic Racing, has won two bronze medals at the Women’s Match Race World Championship and place first and second on the Women’s International Match Race Series (WIM Series). As a crew Steph has placed 1st, 5th and 11th at the Etchells World Championship; 3rd and 4th at the Melges 20 World Championship; won the Melges 20 Winter Series and 5th at Key West Race Week in the J70.
Steph’s greatest accomplishment as a professional sailor has been winning the 2014 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.
Since her success in the Optimist, it has been Steph’s dream to go to the Olympics. She feels now is the perfect time to combine her recent high level racing experience with Maggie’s skiff skills in order to earn a medal for the United States. She is extremely excited about the challenge and ready and willing to do what it takes to become the best in the world.