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Any Storm Trysail Club Members who volunteered or attended our last Key West Race Week will certainly remember Maggie Shea. She served John Fisher, Dick Neville and myself as the “go to person to get things done” on land and water. At the time we joked that she earned both “Rookie of the Year and MVP” honors. She worked tirelessly at the Regatta, all to the benefit of The Storm Trysail Club.

Since then, Maggie has teamed up with another outstanding sailor and all-giving person, Steph Roble, for a very serious Olympic campaign. They are the number one ranked US 49er FX team and possibly the USA’s best chance for a medal in 2020. I’ll let Maggie explain how STC can help the team fulfill its dream.

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Steph & I have launched a crowd funding campaign via GoFundMe, and our title sponsor, Kilroy Realty, has pledged to match every dollar, bringing the total possible goal to $40,000. The donations made on GoFundMe will go directly to their 501c3 account via the PayPal Giving Fund, and are therefore are tax-deductible.  

The Olympic Trials are very expensive because they require us to compete in five different regattas in Peru, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. We are raising money to cover the costs of travel and housing for our three-person team, which includes our coach, Giulia Conti. Throughout the six-month Olympic Trial period, we will represent the US at the Pan Am Games and the Olympic Test Event. 

Competing in the Olympics has been a lifelong aspiration for both of us, and we have dedicated our efforts full-time, which usually translates to 200+ days per year on the water, since 2016 to pursuing excellence in the 49erFX. We feel lucky, grateful and proud to be on this journey, and we really appreciate any support you can offer as we near the final stretch of the Olympic campaign.

You can join our team and donate to the GoFundMe campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/robleshea or instructions for other ways to contribute can be found at www.RobleSheaSailing.com/donate. We appreciate donations of any size; every little bit adds up! 

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Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity. Every little bit counts, and your support means the world to us. 


Maggie Shea
Roble/Shea Sailing
(847) 833-8573

Lets go sailing.

"Alright now, this is a night start don't forget; so let's get somebody on lookout up on that bow...

Alright now, did you figure the current? For chrissake do I have to do everything? And don't forget to figure the daylight saving. What? No, you add an hour, for chrissake, can't anybody here sail a boat? What did he say? He said "turn off the engine". Oh, yeah. OK, how long 'til our start? Who's on the stopwatch? OK, you get back here outta the way and stay there.

Alright now, let's come about and get over near the committee boat. Alright, let's come about. COMIN' ABOUT! Wheres the handle, where's the handle - TAIL, willya, fer chrissake!! How's that? Take it in to the block. That's enough.

BANG! What gun was that? That was OUR GUN. Did you get that on the watch? Do you see that guy? Yeah, I see him. Alright now, we got five more minutes. Let's run the line for a second. You can't, YOU'RE ON PORT TACK. Oh, yeah, OK, let's come about again. COMIN' ABOUT! FOUR MINUTES, Well it's too crowded over here, let's get down to leeward where our air is clear.

CRASH!!!! What was that???? Well, put the stove in gimbals, for chrissake. Clean it up later, get up here. What the hell are you doing down there anyway? You can eat at home! THREE MINUTES...Did anybody center the prop? Well, center it, Charlie, don't stand there. There's a flashlight overhead in the doghouse. Well, try another one, I put all new batteries in yesterday. TWO MINUTES...Two minutes for chrissake where's the other end of the line, they got a line two miles long. We gotta come about. COMING ABOUT...OK, let it go letitgogoddamm it. Alright, get it in, get it in. It's fouled on the lifeline. DON'T JERK IT! You'll pull the goddam boat apart. Trim, trim, trim, OK, hold that. Where's the ------ing committee boat. We gotta come about again. COMING ABOUT! More turns, more turns. OK, cleat that. ONE MINUTE--Alright, slack everything, slack the jib, slack the main, SLACK THE MAIN...OK hold that ...THIRTY SECONDS...OK we're going for the line. Trim, trim, trim the main. FIFTEEN SECONDS...OK everybody up to windward....TEN SECONDS ...NINE, EIGHT, SEVEN, SIX, FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE.....for chrissake where's that gun...We're over the line. They'll never see us down here anyway. BANG! OK, we've started.

You did a great job with that stopwatch. OK, let's get these lines coiled up, I can't stand up in the cockpit. Good start, guys."