Sheila McCurdy, the only female skipper in the 2008 Newport to Bermuda Race recently lead Selkie (a McCurdy-Rhodes designed by her father Jim McCurdy), to a second place overall finish in the St. Davidâ€™s Lighthouse division.
skippered Selkie to a second place finish overall in the 1994 Newport to Bermuda Race, his
recommendation was adopted.
In 2009, Sheila
will be installed as the first female Commodore of the prestigious Cruising Club of America (CCA).
In addition to her
ground-breaking accomplishments, McCurdy
has given much back to the sport of sailing including countless of hours of volunteer work.
She serves as Vice Chair of the US SAILINGâ€™s Training Committee and head of US SAILINGâ€™s National Faculty, a volunteer body of experts tasked with the responsibility of updating, revising and developing training programs, testing materials and publications.
serves as a safety officer instructing scores of service academy midshipmen on offshore crossings.
was recently quoted: â€œI race offshore because of the challenge.
Itâ€™s like a triathlon.
Sheilaâ€™s passion for sailing is demonstrated not only by her
remarkable skill and accomplishment, but also by her
willingness and ability to share her
knowledge with others.â€ As the Commodore of the Cruising Club of America
anticipates a busy 2009 working with the joint Newport Bermuda Race committees to improve logistics and operations and provide good customer service. â€œAfter all, she
says, we do this race for the sailors.â€
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