Chicago Match Race Center

Chicago Match Race Center Announces New Membership Program Format for 2015 Season

The ice has melted and Chicago Match Race Center is ready to begin its seventh season. With new faces on the coaching staff, CMRC is excited to offer even more opportunities for both advanced and beginner match racers. Weekly evening practices will begin May 5 for dedicated CMRC members, many of whom have sharpened their skills over the last few years and climbed the ISAF World rankings. While the advanced members continue to train at a high level, there will also be several opportunities for beginners. This summer's program will also include three clinics designed to introduce sailors to the Tom 28's and the match racing format and a monthly mini-regatta series held for new skippers to get tiller time and accumulate ranking points.

"This summer is going to be all about helping the members take their match racing game to the next level and getting new match racers out on the water," said Maggie Shea, CMRC Sailing Director. "With more coaches this season, we're excited to be able to work toward both goals at the same time."

2015 Membership Program Features

CMRC Clinics - Three clinics designed for new match racers will focus on the basics of Tom 28 boat handling, keelboat racing techniques and the Match Racing format. Clinics are open to all sailors: anyone may sign up for one or two days of each clinic as an individual or a team.

Chicago Match Race Center Announces New Membership Program Format for 2015 Season

Chicago Match Race Center Announces New Membership Program Format for 2015 Season

May 9 &10: Intro to Match Racing, coached by Keith Swinton
May 16 & 17: Match Racing Basics, coached by Maggie Shea
June 27 & 28: Advanced Match Racing, coached by Steph Roble

Membership Practices - weekly Tuesday night practices coached by a variety of high-level coaches. Practices run May 5 through September 29.

  • Drills and practice races on the water with classroom debriefs
  • Focus on learning advanced match racing theory, high performance Tom 28 technique and gaining experience on the water
  • Coaches include numerous national and international champions, including Keith Swinton, Maggie Shea, Stephanie Roble, and Taylor Canfield. Read more about the coaches below.

Mini-regatta Membership Series for the Five Horns Trophy

  • Season-long monthly series of evening regattas with open entry
  • Opportunity to earn ISAF skipper ranking points
  • All sailors are welcome to skipper or crew and can sign up as individuals or in teams

Membership Options
Sign-up to be a member today -

Full Membership - Skipper $800 / Crew $400

  • Unlimited access to practices and clinics
  • Free entry to Membership Series regattas

Saver Membership - skipper $600 / Crew $300

  • Access to unlimited practices and clinics in June- August
  • Discounted "pay-as-you-go" rates for practices and clinics in May and September - Skipper $40 / Crew $20
  • Discounted entry fee for Membership Series regattas - Skipper $40 / Crew $20

Pay-as-you-go - drop-in whenever you'd like!

  • Evening practices - $50 skipper/ $25 crew
  • Membership Series regatta entry fee- $50 skipper/ $25 crew
  • Clinic Fee - $100 per day skipper/ $50 per day crew

Meet the Coaches

Keith Swinton Keith Swinton, Australia

> Ranked #8 in the ISAF World Rankings
> World Match Racing Tour Skipper of Black Swan Racing/Team Alpari
FX, 2011-2015 - 4th in 2012, 6th 2013 & 2014
> 2011 Chicago Match Cup Champion
> GC 32 Armin Strom Sailing Team tactician, 2013-2015
Keith Swinton Taylor Canfield, US Virgin Islands

> Ranked #2 in the ISAF World Rankings
> World Match Racing Tour Skipper of US One Sailing Team 2013-2015; 1st place 2013, 2nd place 014
> 2013 & 2014 Chicago Match Cup Champion
> M32 skipper - Miami Winter Series Champion
Stephanie Roble Stephanie Roble, East Troy, WI

> Ranked # 3 in the ISAF Women's World Rankings
> WIM Series Skipper of Epic Racing 2013-2015 - 4th overall in 2013 & 2014
> 3rd place skipper ISAF Women's World Championship 2014
> Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year 2015
Maggie Shea Maggie Shea, Chicago, IL

> Trimmer/tactician for WIM Series Epic Racing Team
> Two-time US Match Racing Champion (2012 & 2014), two-time US Women's Match Racing Champion (2012 & 2014)
> 3rd place trimmer ISAF Women's World Championship 2014
> Campaigning as a crew for the 2016 Olympic Games in the 49er FX

Contact Us

Tod Reynolds, Program Director -

Maggie Shea, Sailing Director -

Chicago Match Race Center Regatta 2015 Schedule
May 30-31: Grade 3 - Spring Invitational
June 19-21: Grade 2 - Chicago Match Cup Grand Slam Qualifier
June 23-26: North-U Youth Clinic co-hosted with Chicago YC, coached by Dave Perry
July 23-24: Grade 3 - Summer Invitational A
July 25-26: Grade 3 - Summer Invitational B
August 21-23: Grade 2- Chicago Match Cup Grand Slam
September 26-27: Grade 3 - Autumn Invitational

To request an invitation, contact or visit the CMRC website:


About Chicago Match Race Center:

The Chicago Match Race Center was founded to promote and grow the sport of match race sailing in the United States. CMRC provides a full-service facility, complete with TOM 28 and Elliott 6M class sailboats, umpire and support boats, as well as support staff for professional and amateur sailors to race and train during the sailing season. CMRC hosts numerous events at a wide range of ISAF Grade levels to best suit its members and the broader match racing community. For more information, photos, videos and results from events held at CMRC, please visit



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