Name: Maureen McKinnon-Tucker
Sport: Sailing
Position: Crew
Classification: Mixed Two-Person SKUD-18
Height: 5-6
Weight: 190
DOB: 2/25/1965
Birthplace: Lynn, Mass.
Hometown: Marblehead, Mass.
High School: Minnechaug High School (Wilbraham, Mass.) ‘83
College: Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts – Boston ’89, Sociology
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2008, 2016); Paralympic medalist (1 gold)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, gold; mixed two-person SKUD-18
  • Was the first woman to be a member of the U.S. Disabled Sailing Team and the first woman to represent the United States in Paralympic sailing
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2016 – 11th (SKUD-18)
  • Years of participation: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016
  • Top finish: 7th (SKUD-18) – 2013
Personal: McKinnon-Tucker learned to sail when she was 20, the same time she met her husband, Dan. In the 90s, she fell 13 feet off a seawall and became paralyzed. In 2002 she was diagnosed with ALS. After her accident, she tried racing again but the J/24s she once sailed were too challenging and the Freedom 20s designed for individuals with disabilities were too tame. She gave up sailing for a while, until a chance meeting with Paralympic skipper Rick Doerr, who invited her aboard his triple-handed Sonar as crew. She made the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Team in the SKUD-18 and has found success once again in 2016 with new skipper, Ryan Porteous....Daughter of Bruce and Rosemary McKinnon…Married to Dan Tucker…Has one daughter, Dana, and one son, Trent…Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games gold medal teammate, Nick Scandone, passed away two months after the Games because of Lou Gerhigs…Daughter Dana also has sailing in her blood, competing for her high school team…Hobbies include kayaking, skiing, handcycling, camping and baking.