Michelle Slade

Paige Railey Qualifies for Tokyo 2020

Finding her pace at the 2020 ILCA Women’s Laser Radial World Championships this past week, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) emerged victorious over fellow US Sailing Team athletes, Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas), to win a spot on Team USA for the Tokyo 2020 Games. After capping off the event with a strong top-ten finish, Railey finished 14th overall. Reineke and Rose finished the event in 26th and 36th, respectively.

The final day of the 2020 ILCA Women’s Laser Radial World Championships yet again delivered some shifty conditions on Port Phillip Bay. Athletes hit the water as scheduled and sailed one race in three to eight knots. When the shifty breeze never solidified enough for the remaining two races, the Race Committee made the decision to finish the day after one race, marking the end of the Championship and U.S. Laser Radial Olympic trials.

At this point, Railey, at age 32, is an Olympic veteran with two Games under her belt. Still, her road to Tokyo has been far from easy. “It has been a hell of a road to get here. These last two Worlds have been the most stressful trials I’ve ever competed in,” she said.

“I’ve been working really hard over the last five months after I pretty much started from rock bottom with my body because of health issues. I knew coming into this event that Australia was going to be windy and it turned out to also be really shifty. So, going into our trials sitting in second place and expecting conditions that I wasn’t necessarily 100% ready for was definitely stressful.” Full Report

Michelle SladePaige Railey Qualifies for Tokyo 2020
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Sneak Preview of Live & Silent Auction Items Featured At Annual Auction on March 3

Helping sailors reach their potential is what the Foundation is all about and its Annual Auction, just around the corner on March 3, is the fundraising mechanism to make this happen. Attendees can look forward to a variety of exclusive and unique opportunities that they’ll only find at the Auction. PREVIEW AUCTION BROCHURE and while you’re at it, be sure to buy your Auction ticket!

Meanwhile, enjoy a snapshot of silent and live items up for grabs, listed below:

Cool and Unusual:

  • Cabaret in the Sky—an evening at the home of Bruce & Debby Smith who will fly in musicians from New York and Los Angeles for your exclusive entertainment. There will be food and libations commensurate with, and in honor of, all-time great sailor and StFYC Chairman of the Board, Paul Cayard. This special night is open to 30 people on September 20.
  • Sail to a picturesque harbor on the French Riviera aboard the classic 61-foot yacht Athene, once the Flagship of the StFYC.

Getaways:

  • Seven-night stay in Alexandria, Virginia, in a two-bedroom condo with a view of the Potomac, dinner at Landini’s and drinks at a private Cigar Bar and Lounge
  • One week at Esperanza, a luxury private resort in Cabo San Lucas
  • A weekend in harvest season at a well-appointed condo at the renowned Silverado Resort in Napa
  • One jazzy week with eight friends in a fabulous New Orleans home

Sporting Events:

  • SailGP chase boat ride for two during SailGP San Francisco in May
  • Two courtside Warriors tickets & VIP passes for one game next season
  • Two VIP tickets for the Kings/Lakers game in Sacramento, April 4
  • Eight-person condo in Sun Valley during Ski Week 2021; includes lift tickets for four
  • Four VIP passes to final three days of Track & Field Olympic Trials, including accommodation for four

Up your Sailing Game:

  • On-water coaching sessions with Mike Martin or Nicole Breault
  • Week-long Laser Clinic at the International Sailing Academy in Mexico

Things you Can’t Get Anywhere Else:

  • Tour for four at the top of Salesforce Tower (not open to the public)
  • Tugboat ride on SF Bay
  • Champagne & caviar sunset sail for 12 aboard the classic yacht, Mayan

2019 Rolex Big Boat Series

Michelle SladeSneak Preview of Live & Silent Auction Items Featured At Annual Auction on March 3
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Congratulations To Our Sailors!

We are so very proud of our sailors who swept US Sailing’s 2019 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. Awards were given to Foundation Advisory Board member Mike Martin – four-time 505 World Championship winner together with his crew Adam Lowry, and Foundation grantee Daniela Moroz – four-time World Kiteboard Champion and now two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Honored for the best performances of 2019, these sailors inspire us with their athleticism and the spirit of excellence they bring to our sport. https://www.ussailing.org/news/2019rolexyyawards/

The Foundation also congratulates Paul Cayard, St FYC Chairman and Foundation Advisory Board member. Paul has been selected to join  The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF) 2020 induction class. In doing so, he becomes the first sailor to be recognized by the BASHOF, joining Bay Area sports-world greats such as Joe Montana, Jonny Moseley and Willie Mays.

Paul is a seven-time world champion and seven-time America’s Cup competitor. He has circumnavigated the world twice, becoming the first American to win the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1998 and placing second with the Disney syndicate Pirates of the Caribbean in the 2005–2006 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. A two-time Olympian (1984 and 2004) and one of the very few in the sport of sailing who have competed at the top level in these three diverse disciplines, Paul’s accolades also include induction to the US Sailing Hall of Fame (2011) and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year (1998). He also serves on the Board of US Olympic Sailing.

With less than two weeks to the Foundation’s Annual Auction Fundraiser, our primary mechanism for helping sailing athletes reach their full potential, we are thrilled to celebrate these successes. We hope to see you on March 3!

Paul Cayard with StFYC Nacra 15 stars

 

Michelle SladeCongratulations To Our Sailors!
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Four American Sailors Secure Medal Victories At 2020 Hempel World Cup Series

January 25, 2020 – Miami delivered surprising conditions for the final day of the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami. Contrary to the forecast, the Race Committee was able to fire off all of the Medal Races, allowing four American sailors including three St Francis Sailing Foundation grantees to secure Medal victories, three Gold and one Bronze. On the final day of the regatta, U.S. athletes in the 470, RS:X, and Finn classes also capped off the second of three events that make up the U.S. athlete Olympic trials.

Caleb Paine secured his Gold Medal in the Finn class. Today, his teammate Luke Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) secured the Bronze, despite taking a penalty turn in the exciting Finn Medal Race.

“I took more risk than some of the other boats on the upwinds, but I did what I thought was going to pay,” Muller said. “Then on the last downwind, because I was pushing so hard to pass as many boats as I could, I got a penalty. The points were such that if I pushed it and broke the [propulsion] rule, I would still be okay, but if they didn’t penalize me, I was closer to getting Silver. So, in my mind, it was a good risk.”

Muller will continue to lead the U.S. trials. Currently, he has a buffer of six finishing positions between him and Paine. The victor will be determined at the 2020 Finn Gold Cup.

Also bringing home a Gold Medal today is Laser Radial athlete Erika Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Reineke went into today’s Medal Race leading the fleet by only two points. The race was an exciting tactical battle with Vaselia Karachaliou (GRE) for the Gold. Neck and neck through the final downwind leg, Reineke finally solidified a Gold Medal win after Karachaliou received a penalty from the jury.

“Off the start, I felt really good,” said Reineke. “I tacked and I was at the front of the race and then I messed up one shift and my competitors split from me. Vasileia played the first beat extremely well and I tried to keep my head in the game and not give up. On the last downwind I covered her and unfortunately, she got a flag, but that’s the sport. I had to beat her [Vasileia] in the race and the Italian [Talluri] was also very close so I just went out there trying to win.”

Reineke was ecstatic to win her first race of 2020. “It feels really good. I’m still trying to get my head around it, but it feels great. The nerves got to me during the race. I dropped my tiller extension, and I had bad mark roundings, but now it’s great. I couldn’t have done it without my coach, Steve [Mitchell], my team and support.”

In the Women’s 470 Medal Race, Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) finished in fifth place and first among the American teams. Atlantic and Nora Brugman (Winthrop, Mass.) also appeared in today’s Medal Race. The pair finished the final race in eighth, to end up ninth overall. The Women’s 470 trials will remain incredibly tight as they head into their 2020 World Championship. The Brugmans lead by one point over the Cowles and three over Nikole Barnes (Miami, Fla.) and Lara Dallman-Weiss (Shoreview, Minn.).

Pedro Pascual (West Palm Beach, Fla.) is the Men’ RS:X Gold Medalist.

The US Sailing Team will turn its focus to the upcoming World Championships in Australia and the 51st Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta in Spain. Full report: https://www.ussailing.org/news/hwcsm20-usst/

 

Michelle SladeFour American Sailors Secure Medal Victories At 2020 Hempel World Cup Series
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Final Day Hempel World Cup Series / Olympic Medalist Caleb Paine Wins Gold Ahead of Medal Race

January 25, 2020 – Today is final day of the Hempel World Cup Series Miami 2020 and the final opportunity for North American nations to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games across the 470, RS:X, Laser, Laser Radial and Finn. St Francis Foundation grantees have worked hard for success this week including Caleb Paine (Finn) and Erika Reineke. Today’s racing will determine who goes to Tokyo!

Watch ALL 7 Medal Races LIVE from Miami! Schedule (-5 UTC): 09:07 – 470 Women 09:45 – 470 Men 10:18 – Laser Radial 10:51 – Laser 11:24 – Finn 11:57 – RS:X Women 12:30 – RS:X Men.

Caleb Paine of the United States has won gold ahead of the Medal Race as he has an unassailable lead over Kyle Martin (CAN). Across the ten-race series, Paine has taken five race wins and four seconds. An 11th in Race 9 today was his worst score of the week. Martin of Canada won Race 10 and now stands in second place. Luke Muller who is even on points with Martin is in third.

Leading the Laser Radial fleet is  Erika Reineke of the United States. She has a narrow two-point lead over Vasileia Karachaliou of Greece and a five-point edge over Matilda Talluri of Italy.

The only nation in the running for the North American Tokyo 2020 spot in the Women’s 470 is the USA. The event also acts as an American team qualifier with Nikola Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss, Carmen and Emma Cowles as well as Atlantic and Nora Brugman. The Brugmans and Cowles qualified for tomorrow’s Medal Race by finishing the fleet racing stage in eight and ninth, respectively. The Brugmans won today’s race and have a one-point edger over the Cowles.

Full report: https://miami.ussailing.org/day5-report/

Quick Links to Hempel World Cup Series Miami Coverage:

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Michelle SladeFinal Day Hempel World Cup Series / Olympic Medalist Caleb Paine Wins Gold Ahead of Medal Race
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Olympic Fever: World Cup Miami Heats Up with StFSF Sailors in the Hunt

The 2020 Hempel World Cup is currently unfurling in Miami and the results will help decide which American sailors earn an Olympic berth to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this summer. The World Cup is the second of three trial events for the Men’s and Women’s 470 class, Men’s and Women’s RS:X class and the Finn class. It is also the USA’s country qualifier for the Women’s 470 class, where competition is tight between the top three U.S teams.

St. Francis Sailing Foundation sailors in the hunt are:

  • Atlantic and Nora Brugman, Women’s 470
  • Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss, Women’s 470
  • Luke Muller, Finn class
  • Caleb Paine, Finn class
Paine and Muller are in close contention for the lone Finn spot on Team USA. With six races to go before Saturday’s medal round, Paine is in 1st with 5 points and Muller is in 2nd with 12 points.

In the Women’s 470 class, the Brugman sisters are in 11th and Barnes/Dallman-Weiss are in 13th. StFSF sailor Erika Reineke in the Laser Radial, the Hempel World Cup is not part of the U.S. Laser Radial trials, but it is a great warm-up to the Laser Radial Worlds (Feb 21–28) which counts toward the U.S. Laser Radial Trials. Reineke is currently in 1st place in Miami, 11 points ahead of 2nd.

Foundation President and sailing Olympic medalist Pam Healy stated, “On behalf of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation I would like to wish all of our grantees the best of luck in the Miami World Cup. Your dedication and hard work over the past several years is an inspiration to us all. Good luck and sail fast!”
Michelle SladeOlympic Fever: World Cup Miami Heats Up with StFSF Sailors in the Hunt
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Successful Opening Day for Foundation Grantees at 2019 49ER, 49ERFX AND NACRA 17 WORLDS

Racing in the 2019 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Worlds is underway in Auckland, New Zealand, an important event for nations that haven’t qualified yet for Japan 2020, and/or for nations that are using the Worlds to determine who represents them. The USA has qualified in the FX and Nacra but not 49er, and the country is using the 2019 and 2020 Worlds to determine who represents the country in those classes.

Today’s results from Auckland are encouraging for US sailors. After four races in the 49erFX and Nacra classes, Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Anna Tobias – both Foundation grantees in previous Olympic campaigns – are leading the 49erFX fleet. Riley Gibbs (Long Beach, Calif., current Foundation grantee) and Anna Weis (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) are in third in the Nacra 17 fleet.

In the 49erFX class, Olympic sailing veterans, Henken and Tobias, had an incredibly consistent day at the top. While they were campaigning part-time early in the quad, they have a lot of experience under their belt. Henken represented Team USA at the Rio 2016 Games in the 49erFX and Tobias (formerly Tunnicliffe) is the Beijing 2008 Gold Medalist in the Laser Radial. Now that they have been full-time campaigning for over a year, it’s clear the hard work is paying off.

The pair finished two races in first and the final race of the day in fifth. Henken attributes their successful day one on the water to keeping it simple, “We executed the starts really well and had some incredible boat speed which we have been working on all month, here in New Zealand.” She continued, “Our priorities were to minimize maneuvers and just keep the boat going fast.”

It seems keeping it simple is the name of the game in New Zealand. Though Nacra sailors, Gibbs and Weis didn’t have any cake incentives on the water, the pair also had a consistent day at the top with three finishes in the top three and all scores within the top five.

“We kept it pretty simple today,” said Gibbs. “We tried to keep our bows clear of any traffic. Making high-percentage moves around the racecourse gave us the ability to sail in more clear air than our competitors. We seem to have decent speed and when we’re sailing in a good lane, going the right direction, we’re definitely not slow.”

While Gibbs and Weis felt some of their decisions were little conservative, they are pleased with their first day on the water. “As they say, you can’t win the regatta on the first day, but you can definitely lose it,” said Gibbs. Read full story: https://www.ussailing.org/news/19worlds-49erfxn17/

 

Michelle SladeSuccessful Opening Day for Foundation Grantees at 2019 49ER, 49ERFX AND NACRA 17 WORLDS
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FAST on the Bay

Malcom Page, Chief of US Sailing, reported that June was a busy month for the US Sailing Team in the Bay Area with Finn, Laser Full Rig, Laser Radial and 49erFX training taking place on the Bay as competitors in the Pan American Games Classes put their final touches on preparation for their World Championships or the Regional Games.

“People generally know the Bay Area for it’s strong sea-breezes, but just like most venues, we have found the weather not to be exactly true to this reputation,” Page said. “With heat waves, late arrivals of winds, and a good variety of conditions have made the camps a great skill building opportunity. Many of the coaches have commented how great and hard sailing is in the Bay, which in turn skills the athlete a little more than another venue.”

FAST USA has set up in a temporary facility at Treasure Island Sailing Center – slowly but surely Page and his team are bringing the FAST concept to life.

“It’s great to see the FAST USA center of excellence dream take some more steps forward,” Page enthused. “This concept will become the envy of the world and will allow a place for top medal winning athletes to mingle with beginner learn to sail and everyone in between. Thank you for your support and Go Team USA!”

FAST as reported by Kimball Livingston
https://www.sail-world.com/news/218582/FAST-Forward-Slowly-(but-surely)

https://tinyurl.com/y65bzve4

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Jack Sutter & Charlotte Versavel Podium at 2019 US Youth Sailing Championships

Congratulations to Jack Sutter and Charlotte Versavel who sailed their way to second place in the Nacra 15 at the recent US Youth Sailing Championship! The regatta was raced on Little Egg Harbor, Beach Haven, NJ. Sutter and Versavel finished with 30 pts overall, following Ben Rosenberg & Sidney Charbonnett who took first with 18 pts.

Story at: https://www.ussailing.org/news/19youthchamps-final-report/

Michelle SladeJack Sutter & Charlotte Versavel Podium at 2019 US Youth Sailing Championships
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Sharing Their Passion: SailGP teammates inspire TISC youth sailors

If he was giving advice to his younger self, Foundation grantee Riley Gibbs would tell that younger self, “Sail as much as you can and sail as many classes as you can – it really helps you to gain knowledge in every aspect of the sport, sail different boats and sail as with as many people as you can. Be a sponge and bring it into the rest of your sailing.”

Gibbs and Hans Henken, teammates on the US SailGP Team are in San Francisco this week racing in the 2nd event of the new SailGP series. The pair are also teammates on the US Sailing Team: Gibbs is campaigning the Nacra 17, and Henken the 49er, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the boat that they race on as part of the SailGP Team – the F50 – brings new meaning to the phrase, “Go big or go home”.

The F50 foiling catamaran is considered one of the fastest sailing vessels in the world, powered by a 78-foot wingsail and flying above the water on hydrofoils, it is one mean flying machine. But speed is what turns it on for these young elite sailors.

Speaking to a group of kids at the Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC) this past weekend, Gibbs, a wingtrimmer on the F50, and Henken a flight controller, concurred that even as young kids, going fast is what they always wanted to do.

“I was always intrigued by speed and while I started sailing in Sabots, I couldn’t wait to sail a 420 and then the 29er, after that came 505s, 18-ft skiffs, kite foiling – now I’m doing an Olympic campaign and sailing 50’ foiling catamarans. I have always been really driven by speed,” Gibbs said.

The kids wanted to know what boats the two rock star sailors liked to sail and where they liked to sail –

“San Francisco Bay!” –  Gibbs and Henken unanimously agreed.

The TISC kids also wanted to know where and when Riley and Gibbs started sailing, and were pretty impressed when both replied that they were sailing by age 5 – Gibbs at the Alamitos Yacht Club in Long Beach, Calif., and Henken at a community sailing program like TISC in Dana Point, Calif.

“When I first got into sailing it was all about the ability to sail my own boat – as a small kid it was so cool to be able to do that, actually control my own craft,” Henken explained. “That’s where I developed my love for sailing.”

Gibbs sketched a F50 on the chalkboard, which drew some wide eyes when the guys explained that these super-fast cats fly above the water at speeds of 25-33 knots upwind and 38-40 knots downwind – quite a bit faster than an Opti!

“The first time I set foot in the F50 was fantastic,” Henken said. “They are incredibly fast – and incredibly loud! When you get up on the foils there’s a high-pitched whistling sound – it’s a lot of adrenalin for sure. The fastest that we have gone is about 47 knots – that’s like going down the freeway in your car with your head out the window – it’s really loud!”

But at the end of the day, what both these elite sailors love about sailing is getting back on the water each day, improving some over the previous day, and mostly having fun.

“There are many ways to see progress in our sport and its often results-based, but for me it’s more about just having fun in the water and the joy that develops going from one sailing class to another,” Henken commented.

And, hopefully it’s a message that will stick with the young TISC sailors for a long time.

Michelle SladeSharing Their Passion: SailGP teammates inspire TISC youth sailors
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