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St. Francis Yacht Club First to Renew Commitment to Yacht Club Partner Program

First yacht club partner of Olympic Sailing Program for 2013-2016 Olympic cycle

Portsmouth, R.I. (July 9, 2012) – Building upon its support of the 2012 US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program, the St. Francis Yacht Club becomes the first gold medal partner yacht club of the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle. The club’s generous donation of $100,000 to the program demonstrates its leadership in the sport of sailing and dedication to the Olympic movement.


“The US Olympic Sailing Program has a very generous friend in the membership of St. Francis Yacht Club,” said Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.), Chairman, Olympic Sailing Committee. “Their significant donation allows our Olympic and Paralympic athletes to devote more time on the water in pursuit of medals. We are grateful for the club’s leadership and steadfast involvement in Olympic sailing in the U.S.”


“The St Francis Yacht Club is delighted to continue its tradition of supporting US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Program and of helping produce fine Olympic athletes,” said Peter Stoneberg, Commodore, St. Francis Yacht Club. “We thank the America One Foundation and St. Francis Sailing Foundation for their support of our Gold Level partnership with US Olympic Sailing.”


St. Francis YC has a long history of generously supporting the Olympic Sailing Program. The club has hosted several world and national Olympic class championships, and in 2000, it hosted the U.S. Olympic Sailing Trials. Leading up to the 2008 and 2012 Games, the club made a generous gift to the program, while providing individual assistance to individual Olympic hopefuls and members of US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. In 2008, the club hosted a farewell dinner for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team before they headed to Qingdao, China, the venue of the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing competitions.


Members of the club have deep Olympic class roots, including notable Olympians:

  • Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.), 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the Finn class
  • John Kostecki (Novato, Calif.), Will Baylis (Tiburon, Calif.) and Bob Billingham (Grass Valley, Calif.), 1988 Olympic silver medalists in the Soling class
  • Pam Healy (Tiburon, Calif.), 2000 Olympic bronze medalist in the Women’s 470
  • Kent Massey (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Jim Barton (Kentfield, Calif.), 1996 Olympic bronze medalists in the Soling class
  • Paul Cayard (Kentfield, Calif.), who finished fifth place in the Star class in 2004
  • Russ Silvestri (Tiburon, Calif.) who finished fifth place in the Finn class in 2000


In addition to Zach Railey, other St. Francis Yacht Club members of the 2012 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider are:

  • Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
  • Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.)
  • Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.)
  • Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.)

Since 2010, US Sailing’s Medalist and Yacht Club Partner programs have raised over $2.5 million in support of USA’s most promising sailors in the 10 Olympic and three Paralympic classes selected to compete in the Games. For more information about the Club Partner Program, please visit US SAILING’s web site:


About the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider

The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. US Sailing supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is Sperry Top-Sider; other sponsors include Rolex Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Bow Down Training, New England Ropes and Trinity Yachts.


The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit



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Farrah Hall Qualifies USA for RS:X Berth at 2012 Olympics


Farrah Hall (Annapolis, Md.) qualified the USA for a Women’s RS:X berth at the world championship, completing full qualification for the country at the 2012 Olympic Games.


 “Our team is excited that we have now qualified for the Games in all Olympic and Paralympic Classes,” said Dean Brenner, Chairman, US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee. “Farrah did a great job, and we’re proud of the fact that we’ll have a full squad in Weymouth.”


 Hall was equally pleased with her performance at the Worlds and qualification. “I feel that I’ve met my goals for this event, and I’m really happy to have finalized my Olympic spot,” she said. “We had a really tough event, and I’m relieved that it’s finally over! I’m also happy that I’ve made a real breakthrough in planing conditions.  I still need more practice in survival conditions to learn technique, but now I’ve got the mentality that I can dominate the equipment and sail aggressively and make maneuvers without fear in 30+ knots. Going to the Olympics this round really means that I’ve found some success. I’m excited to be representing the USA at the Olympic Games and I feel that I have the chance to make a real impact as far as results go.”

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Paige and Zach Railey Make US Olympic Team!!

Congratulations to Paige Railey and Zach Railey, who will represent Team USA in the 2012 Olympics, Paige in Laser Radial, Zach in Finn.  Mom Ann Railey says”..Our entire family wants to thank everyone for their support and best wishes throughout this process….as Zach always says, they may sail a single-handed dinghy but it is a TEAM effort that makes it happen!!” StFSF is so proud of Zach and Paige and will continue to support their efforts moving towards the 2012 Olympic Games.

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StFSF Sailors Rolex Yachtsman/Yachtswoman of Year Finalists

STFSF athletes IKA Kite Course Racing World Champion Johnny Heineken and Finn U.S. National Champion Zach Railey; and Kiel Week Laser Radial Champion Paige Railey are shortlisted for US Sailing’s 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, respectively. The winners will be announced in mid-January and honored on February 22, 2012, during a luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club

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Night with the Stars Auction

This year’s auction will be held on March 27th, 2012 at the St. Francis Yacht Club. We are excited to offer a fabulous menu which will be served in our newly renovated dining room upstairs with the best view of San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. As always, we will have our stars–Olympians, world champions, America’s Cup veterans and other sailing dignitaries in attendance. This always provides great stories, entertainment and lively discussions for all!

The Night with the Stars is open to all sailing enthusiasts who would like to support the beneficiaries of our foundation. We look forward to another exciting and successful event.

St. Francis Yacht Club members can register by calling the St. Francis Yacht Club front desk at 415-563-6363 or online at Non members may contact for registration information.

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