McKenzie Wilson

I began racing Optimists and Laser Radials as a junior sailor, but in recent years have broadened my focus to include keelboats and high performance multihulls. Frostbiting my Laser in the “off season,” I never grew tired of sailing, and always sought out opportunities to be on the water. My small independent high school, St. Luke’s School, lacked a sailing team, so I started one, and became the single member, so I could compete in regional Laser events during the school year. And by the time I entered high school, I was racing almost every weekend in the fall and spring, both on my Laser and other keelboats in the local fall and spring series. Now in college at Stanford University, and as a member of the varsity sailing team, I sail every day, year round, and compete every weekend in both dinghies and small keelboats; on the rare weekend that I do not have a college regatta, I am a regular crew for several keelboat teams out of St. Francis YC, where I hold a junior membership, and New York YC. In recent years, I have become particularly involved with Stephen Benjamin’s East Coast race program, both in maintaining and racing his custom Tripp 41 High Noon and in preparing his new Carkeek 40 Spookie for the upcoming fall and winter circuit.  In the past year, I have also become more involved in racing high performance catamarans, placing in both the F16 Nationals and Tradewinds regattas, qualifying for the US Sailing Olympic Development Team in the multihull class, and am planning on campaigning the Nacra F17 for the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. 


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