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Hobie Polarized Sailor of the Month - February, 2011
Linda Epstein is a well-rounded sailor. She has a passion for racing, and although she skippered quite a bit early in her career, Linda prefers crewing these days. She takes pride in being a great teammate, and giving back to the sport is important to her now more than ever.
Linda started sailing Sprites at the age of 8 in Hull, Mass. She was introduced to the sport by her mother Susan Epstein, a long-time supporter of the sport and a US SAILING Board of Directors member. Needless to say, Susan and her four siblings got a head start on the water thanks to mom.
When asked why it was so important for her to give back to the sport, Linda explained, “I think I might have inherited some of it from my mom. She is a role model for giving back to the sport. For me, I look at how much fun I've had over the years at regattas and how much I've learned from racing clinics or rules seminars. Basically, other people were spending their free time and working hard to allow other people to have fun and become better sailors. I figure that I owe it to them to give what I can back to the sport.”
For the past two years, Linda has served as the chairperson for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Sailing Championships Committee. These are two of US SAILING’s National Championship events held annually. Linda played a significant role in streamlining these two events into one. These two championships are now held congruently, which has proven to be more enjoyable for the competitors. They have also blended the two committees into one, and formed a coherent set of eligibility requirements and goals. One goal is to increase participation at the semifinal events by allowing Areas to move away from the traditional small, stand-alone ladder format events, to open events that have been successful for other championships.
The U.S. Women’s Championship is a special event to Linda. It was her introduction to racing at the national level. She won the Adams Cup at the U.S. Women’s Championship in 1995 as a crewmate on Dru Slattery’s team. Linda rode the momentum from this event into the women’s match racing circuit. She joined Carol Cronin’s Yngling Olympic campaign for part of 2001-2002. She also competed in US SAILING’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship in 2001, 2003, and 2005. She finished second in 2001 and looks forward to competing in this year’s championship on August 29 to September 1 at the Rochester Yacht Club (N.Y.).
“I've had the opportunity to be part of some fantastic teams and attend events all over the country and the world,” said Linda. “Secondly, the lessons I've learned in sailing I've tried to apply every day, like the importance of preparation, patience, and teamwork.”