I am stoked to be an 11th Hour Ambassador because I am passionate about preserving our water so our sport can thrive. The efforts of 11th Hour racing take place on and off the water, and it is important to have ambassadors in the field to research and execute ways sailors and other water lovers can change our current habits.
Stephanie grew up sailing dinghies and scows on Lake Beulah in Wisconsin — and fell in love with sailing at an early age, always determined to be at the top of the sport. She won the Optimist division of the International Orange Bowl Regatta in 2003 and qualified to represent the USA at the Optimist World Championship in 2004. In high school, she sailed Laser Radials and won the Leiter Trophy, which qualified her to represent the USA at the ISAF Youth World Championship. Steph attended Old Dominion University from 2007-2011 and was an asset to bringing the team to several national championships in the Women’s & Coed Division as well as earning All American Honors. After college, Steph organized an Olympic Campaign for Women’s Match Racing, and although falling short, she continues to follow her passion of match racing to this day. Steph is a full-time professional sailor and regularly competes on the J70, Melges 20, and Etchells, in addition to her match racing team, Epic Racing. She is also currently campaigning for the 2020 Olympics in the 49erFX class as the skipper of Roble/Shea Sailing.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SAILING?
As sailors, we are all so lucky to be provided the opportunity to be on the water. I love sailing because each day and experience is truly unique from the combination of wind, water, boat speed, and teamwork. It is very important to me to take care of the water that provides us with these special experiences.
SUPPORTING THE MISSION
I am very much involved with women in sailing, and the concept of mentorship through the platform of sailing. One way I have been able to connect is through older (past college) female sailors getting involved in the sport, and how to stay involved. In summer 2015, I ran a two-day clinic for women and girls of all sailing levels, and it was cool to be able to share my knowledge and passion for sailing with them.
I have also been collaborating with Chicago Yacht Club‘s WOW (Women on Water) and Lunch & Learn sessions.
I am networking with the J70 class, which is highly influential right now, to implement running filtration water systems, and using permanent bow stickers.
I am keen to get more involved in a few different events and levels on the topics of sustainability and ocean health, including the Orange Bowl Regatta and the Women’s International Match Racing Series. I plan to focus on Miami as a winter training/sailing community that could include more ocean, marine conservation, and sustainability projects.
- 2015 Bronze medal at the Women’s Match Racing Worlds – Epic Racing
- 2015 Lysekil Women’s Match – 2nd – Epic Racing
- 2014 U.S. Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
- 2014 Etchells World Champion (crew)
- 2014 US Women’s Match Race National Champion (skipper)
- 2014 ISAF Women’s Match Race World Championship (skipper) – 3rd
- 2014 J70 North American Championship (crew) – 7th
- 2014 Melges 20 North American Championship (crew) – 5th
- 2013 & 2014 Women’s International Match Race Series – 4th Overall
- ICSA Women’s All American Skipper 2010 & 2011
Nickname: Stephy, Nini
Hometown: East Troy, WI
Resides: Miami, FL
Cool Trick: It’s too cool to give away!
Free Time: Not much of it! Gym, yoga, cooking, trying new things!
Bad Ass Moment: When I win, I feel like a badass 🙂
Hidden Talent: Dancing!
Guilty Pleasure: A glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!
The Fridge: Not much! But when I’m home, coconut water, smoothie ingredients, veggies, protein
Best Advice: Long days add up; winning & losing; laughter & tears, it is for these experiences that we get out of bed each morning
Fun Fact: I was on the dance team for four years in High School!
Helly Hansen SailPower 3 Shoes & Rocky socks.
Helly Hansen base layer tops.
Helly Hansen crew cap.
Smith Optics “Chief” Sunglasses.
Lululemon Sports bras.
Musto MPX spray pants.