2018-06-14 / Around Town

Middletown Sailor Honored by Boat US/ National Women’s Sailing Association

By Sam Crichton

Middletown resident Sheila Mc- Curdy was recently awarded the Boat U.S./National Women’s Sailing Association 2018 Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award at the NWSA Women’s Sailing Conference. The award recognizes an individual with a record of achievement in inspiring, educating and enriching the lives of women through sailing.

Growing up on Long Island, NY, sailing became part of her life from a young age. She has sailed big and small boats, and now skippers her own boat, Selkie, a 38-foot sloop designed by her father, Jim Mc- Curdy.

She has sailed more than 100,000 miles offshore, including the 2015 Transatlantic Race and 17 Newport Bermuda races, skippering to second place in class and fourth overall in 2016. In 2011, she was named Rhode Island Boater of the Year.

McCurdy serves on the board of Ida Lewis Yacht Club. She was the first female commodore of the Cruising Club of America, and she was director of the U.S. Sailing Association for 13 years. She was an advisor to the U.S. Naval Academy, sailing for 20 years, and she maintains a position on the Advisory Council of the National Women’s Sailing Association, writes and lectures on education and training, runs safety training courses and certifies instructors for the U.S. Sailing Association. McCurdy also holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master’s license and a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island.

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