Sheila McCurdy


  • Won the 1973 U.S. Women’s Sailing Championship for the Adams Cup, crewing for Timmy Larr.
  • Competed in 15 Newport Bermuda Races, a Fastnet Race, and several other coastal races on both sides of the Atlantic in small and big boats.
  • Compiled over 100,000 miles sailing over four decades, including nine transatlantic cruises.
  • As skipper and navigator in the Newport Bermuda Races of 1994 and 2008, she and her crew finished second overall in divisions of over 120 boats.
  • Her family’s cruiser/racer is SELKIE, a 38-footer designed by her late father Jim McCurdy.
  • She is a trustee of Mystic Seaport and the New York Yacht Club and past Commodore of the Cruising Club of America.
  • Experienced in boatbuilding, project management and strategic planning.
  • As a professional captain, she holds an U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton license.
  • She ran the Museum of Yachting in the late 1980s.
  • For seven years she lived and worked at SUNY Maritime College, where her husband was President.
  • Joined the 2002 New York Yacht Club Race Committee.
  • Serves on US Sailing’s Safety at Sea Committee and is one of seven moderators appointed to run Safety at Sea Seminars.
  • Vice Chair of the Training Committee and has chaired the National Faculty since 2000 during a time of successful growth.
  • Represents US Sailing on the ISAF Development and Youth Committee.
  • Recently joined the Board of the Offshore Racing Association (ORA) which supports and promotes the effective and fair use of rating rules, working closely with the US Sailing’s Offshore Department.