Roble Shea Sailing - on a Mission for Olympic Gold

The US Olympic Trials begin in three months, and we need your help to take the next step toward our goal of winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Our generous title sponsor, Kilroy Realty, will match every dollar donated up to $20,000. Your dollar’s impact will double, and together, we can raise $40,000. Our year is off to a strong start, help us keep the momentum going!

Steph and Maggie grew up sailing in the Midwest, and they share a lifelong aspiration to sail in the Olympics. After competing with and against each other for the last fifteen years in different boats, they started competing together full-time in 2016 on the 49erFX - a high-performance, double-handed female Olympic class boat.


-Earned our first World Cup Series medals - bronze in Genoa, Italy.
-Qualified to represent Team USA at the Pan American Games in Peru.
-Qualified to represent the US Sailing Team at the Olympic Test Event in Japan.
-Sailed in every medal race (top 10) of the 2019 World Cup Series.
-#1 ranked 49erFX team on US Sailing Team & #12 in the World


The Pan American Games, in Paracas, Peru, will be our opportunity to qualify the United States for the berth at the Olympics. Then we will travel straight to Japan to kick off the US Trials with the Olympic Test Event and World Cup Series Japan - both on the Olympic waters of Enoshima. The trials will conclude with two World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia. You can read more about the US Olympic Trials system here .

To be competitive at these events, we need to purchase three sets of new sails and cover costs for our three-person team to travel and compete for six months. Also we hired Giulia Conti, a four-time Italian Olympian, as our full-time coach, and with her, we've created a successful team! 


$50  - fuels the team with food for one competition day
$150 - provides one night of housing for the team
$500 - registration entry fee for one regatta
$1,250 - airfare for one sailor to an international event
$5,000 - a new set of sails (main, jib and spinnaker)

Every little bit adds up, please help us spread the word!

“Competing in the Olympic Games has been my dream since I first discovered that hard work could lead to success when I was 12 years old. Now, as a team, we are fiercely driven, and we push each other to spend each day 100% focused on the steps we need to take to accomplish our goal.“ - Steph Roble



We are blessed with the generous support of Kilroy Realty, Lake Beulah Yacht Club, Chicago Yacht Club, Inland Lakes Yachting Association, and our friends & families at home. This network of loyal and generous individuals has given us the strength we needed to be successful. Over the last six years for Maggie and three years for Steph, we have trained and competed all over the World, worked with the best coaches, and dedicated our full-time efforts to pursuing excellence in the 49erFX. We are so grateful for the support we’ve received and the opportunities it’s created.


Join our team today and help us access the $20,000 grant pledged by Kilroy Realty. Spread the word and rally more donors. We appreciate donations of any size. Most importantly, we are grateful and honored to represent you and our country on this mission of winning a Gold Medal for Team USA in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

We also welcome non-monetary donations like airline miles and sailor housing. If you are interested in donating directly through our 501c3, please follow the instructions at or reach out to us with questions at


Kilroy Realty is the title sponsor of Roble Shea Sailing, and a primary sponsor of the US Sailing Team.

Inland Lakes Yachting Association - The ILYA Inc. is a 501c3 public charity dedicated to encouraging, developing, promoting and fostering amateur yachting and yacht racing on the inland lakes of the Midwest.


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    • $500 
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Roble Shea Sailing 
East Troy, WI
Inland Lake Yachting Association Inc 
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