Everett’s Cindy Shirley named crew chief for HomeStreet Bank unlimited hydroplane team, a first in modern era

April 15, 2018

When Cindy Shirley first got involved with the Miss Madison unlimited hydroplane team, she was just hoping she’d get a chance to wash the boat after races. Fifteen years later, she’s in charge of the whole team. Earlier this month, Shirley, who calls Everett home, was named crew chief for the U-1 HomeStreet Bank team. She is the first female crew chief in unlimited hydroplane racing in the turbine era. Shirley sees herself as a crew chief that’s there for her administrative prowess.

“I don’t fit the traditional mold of being the wrench person or the tech person that knows all the specifics,” Shirley said. But she’s catching up on some of those specifics. “It’s like drinking from a fire hose right now,” she said.

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