Willie McBride was born and learned to sail in Santa Barbara, California. In 2007 he sailed his first two international regattas after finishing 4th at the Club 420 Midwinters and 2nd (top boys team) at the US Youth Champs to qualify for the I420 Junior European Championship and the ISAF Youth World Championship (29er). The Club 420 Midwinters was Willie’s first experience sailing with Judge Ryan, and the team immediately hit it off. In 2010 they sailed together at the I420 World Championship where they finished 15th in Haifa, Israel.
More recently Willie has worked with Michael Kiss and Chris Rast on the Melges 20, Bacio. The team finished 3rd/35 at the Melges 20 Midwiners, 1st/37 at the Bacardi Cup, and 3rd/35 at Charleston Race Week. The team aims to win the Melges 20 Nationals which will be held on San Francisco Bay in the fall of 2012.
Willie is a Geographic Remote Sensing major at UCSB, from which he he will graduate in June. Last year he put his remote sensing knowledge to work in sailing by building an algorithm which used a fully automated process to extract draft stripes from a sail, and evaluate sail shape quantitatively (see image at right). For the last year Willie has been the Junior Director at the Santa Barbara Youth Sailing Foundation where he has helped the SBYSF Race Team sailors achieve victories in the SCYYRA Ullman Series, Frost Series, Perry Series, and SoCal Series. Additionally his sailors qualified for the ISAF Youth World Championship.
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