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Call her the Wonder Woman of Chicago’s seas

July 11th, 2017

Sarah Renz, one of the few women who will skipper a boat during this year’s Race to Mackinac, has also helped transform Chicago’s sailing scene.

“It’s not about whether you’re a man or woman. It’s about being good,” Renz told me the other day. “It’s nice there are more women racing.”

The Chicago businesswoman has raced the Mac 15 times, tried out for the America’s Cup, won national awards for speed sailing and was among the first Chicago sailors (man or woman) to participate in match racing, a form of competitive sailing, and win the Great Lakes Match Race Championship–Richardson Cup for Chicago.

Fifteen years ago, Renz introduced Chicago financier Don Wilson to match racing and he’s since built an internationally known match-racing center on Belmont Harbor.

For more on Renz’s story–and the Mac–read my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.


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