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Paige Railey

Paige Railey

A native of Clearwater, Florida, Paige started sailing when she was eight years old, really stepped up her game when she was fifteen, and won her first ISAF Youth Worlds in Madiera, Portugal when she was just 16.  “It was a monumental moment in my career,” she said.

Paige has been sailing the Laser Radial since she was fifteen years old and hopes to achieve a Gold Medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Achievements

2015 Gold Pan American Games
2014 Gold US Sailing Miami OCR
2013 Bronze Medal World Championships
2012 Olympic Team
2010 US SAILING’s SportsWoman of the Year
2010 Florida Women’s Sailing Association Young Sailor the Year
2009 St. Francis Yacht Club Yachtswoman of the Year
2006 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
2006 US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year

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Ryan Porteous and Maureen McKinnon

Ryan Porteous and Maureen McKinnon

Ryan Porteous:

Growing up I was involved in a variety of sports, competing in sailing, surfing, swimming, football, basketball, and soccer, while also enjoying mountain bike riding, snowboarding, and skateboarding. In high school, I lettered 3 years on the football team, playing at a outside linebacker/strong safety hybrid position called monster. Our team won the CIF Div. IV Championships with a 13-0 record in 2009. I also lettered one year on the swim team, played basketball for a season, and was  on the surf team, competing in Interscholastic contests as well as other Pro/Am contests. I also raced sailboats,  representing Mission Bay Yacht Club. Sailing at this time in my life kind of took a back seat to my love and commitment to other sports, but recently has become my main. I was introduced to sailing at a young age. My parents would take me out on boats and when I was 7 I enrolled in the Junior Sailing Program at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego, CA. I started out learning in sabots. I starting racing in these boats, and as I got older I progressed to 420s, lasers, and bigger boats.  I have won multiple local regattas in these boats and done well in national regattas as well. Some notable achievements were winning the 2007 Mark Reynolds Perpetual Trophy in the 420 class, and placing third ans then second in the 2008 , 2009 ISAF Youth World Qualifiers in Multihulls.

After graduating from Mission Bay High School in 2011 second in my class and Male Athlete of the Year, I went to UC Santa Barbara to pursue a degree in physics. I planned to compete at this University on the surf team, which is one of the top ranked teams nationally, and also was considering trying out for the triathlon team . Unfortunately, a couple weeks into my freshmen school year I suffered a spinal cord injury; I was 18 years old.  I broke my neck in a freak accident in which I slipped on a boat dock and clipped my head on the end of the dock. I was partially paralyzed from the neck down. The rehabilitation process has been a long one, but I have slowly recovered movement in my legs, to the point I can now walk short distances with a walker, and have almost full upper body strength.  Along with rehabilitation, I was taking classes at MiraCosta Community College but as of October 2014 I have transferred back to UCSB. I  am a full time student  and in my spare time I am active in the Triathlon Club, working out, surfing and sailing. Though this injury has been a life changing experience, I approach it with optimism. Being the athletic person I was before, I also knew I had to get back out there and renew my passion for sports. Sailing has been a perfect fit. I started sailing again through Challenged America, run out of San Diego by a group of great volunteers. From there I have progressed back into the competitive side of sailing, racing in the  2013 Clagett Regatta, which served as the 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry  (USSTS) team qualifier, where I took first place.  Making the USSTS team solidified my aspirations to compete at the Paralympic Games. The goal now is to represent the United States and medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

“Much of what we see depends largely on what we look for. Look for the good stuff, accentuate the positive and press on.”

Maureen McKinnon:

Maureen brings unique experiences to the position. The pinnacle of her sailing career was having the honor of winning the first Gold medal for her country in Paralympic Sailing with her teammate, Nick Scandone at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in the Skud 18 class. Maureen began sailing as an adult at a public sailing center. Her passion for competitive  sailing was ignited only after disability and motherhood, thanks to a mentor in the Sonar class.

Achievements

Ryan Porteus:

1st Place 2015 Newport Regatta
1st Place 2015 Clagett Memorial Regatta
6th Place 2015 EUROSAF Olympic Week Riva de Garda, Italy
5th Place 2014 ISAF Skud Worlds and Paralympic Country Qualifier, Nova Scotia
4th Place 2014 Skud North Americans
2nd Place 2014 Clagett Memorial Regatta
3rd Place 2014 Sailing World Cub Miami & US Sailing Team Qualifier
4th Place 2013 IFDS Worlds, Ireland
1st Place 2013 Clagett Memorial Regatta & U.S. Sailing Team Qualifier
1st Place 2015 U.S. Disabled  Sailing National  Championship Martin 16
3rd Place 2012 U.S. Disabled Sailing National Championship Martin 16
2nd Place 2009 ISAF Youth World Qualifier Multihull
3rd Place 2008 ISAF Youth World Qualifier Multihull
1st  Place 2007 Mark Reynolds Perpetual Trophy 420
5th Place 2005 Junior Snipe Nationals
2nd Place 2004 Junior Commodore Regatta Sabots
4th Place 2004 Sabot II South
2nd Place 2003 Junior Commodore Regatta Sabots

Maureen McKinnon:

Gold Medalist, Beijing Games 2008, USA SKUD 18 Team with Nick Scandone, Skipper
2008 US Paralympic Team, two-person SKUD sailing team, first woman qualified.
Silver Medalist, 2007 World Disabled Sailing Championship, SKUD 18
Gold Medalist, 2009 Scandia Sail for Gold Regatta, London Olympic Venue, Sonar
Eight-time member & first female of the US Disabled Sailing Teams, 2002-04, 2006-09, 2015. Sonar & SKUD 18.
Second placed ISAF World Cup Sonar  team, 2009
Third Placed Sonar Team, USA Paralympic Trials, 2012
Third placed Sonar Team. USA Paralympic Trials, 2004

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Dee Smith

Dee Smith

I have been very fortunate to have a long and successful pro-racing career. Growing up and sailing in the San Francisco Bay area, one of the most beautiful and challenging bodies of water on our planet, insured that I had to earn my sailing stripes and as a result become very competitive. I have been involved in many International teams representing all classes, and at all levels of sailing from Friday night races in the Bay Area to involvement in 3 America’s Cup campaigns, as well as 1 Whitbread and 1 Volvo campaign, winning 6 World Championships, and competing in 8 Admiral’s Cups.

My life’s journey was seriously interrupted during the 2007 Valencia America’s Cup when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer.  I have never smoked, so this was shocking news.  I was told to travel back to the States to get my affairs in order, as I only had a few more months to live. I could no longer walk, and was forced to accept the level of surgery in Spain that was being offered to me there. Afterwards, my sailing community rallied around me, and I was eventually transported back home to the USA, where I began an amazing relationship with John’s Hopkins and their Orthopedic Oncology team. I  had a will to fight and to live with new experimental drugs. I can proudly say that was 8 years ago.

My recovery took me out of my normal sailing arena, and it was 12 months before I could really walk the docks in the hope of racing again. I knew I would never be the 100% that I was before, but I still had the will and mindset to pick up the pieces and try to reboot my career. Luckily, I  re-launched my career and I went on to successfully compete and win the Mini Maxi World Championships of 2012.

Unfortunately in 2013 during the America’s Cup in San Francisco, my life took another radical turn. I was riding my bicycle to our shore base where I was employed by Emirates Team NZL as their Local Knowledge and Strategy Expert. I was hit by a car, 1/2 a mile away from the gates, on the 3rd to last day of racing. This accident caused me to endure yet another major spine surgery, and by 2014, I was declared disabled. I have never been much for excuses or for being held down. I just like to get on with it. After taking all of 2014 off to recover from that surgery, my desire was back to sail again.

Not knowing how much “normal” race work I could do, I approached my friend Grant Spanhake, the Tech Director of the USA Olympic team, to offer my help to the team with tactics and strategy. He told me that it was a good idea, but if I wanted to help the team  more, I needed to sail in the Paralympics. Grant, otherwise known as “Fuzz”, convinced me to look into it and so I did. I am proud to say that I was cleared medically in April 2015 to try out for the USA team. I recently flew myself over to Hyeres, France for the OCR regatta, April 15th. I not only cleared the International Medical Criteria by another point, but I successfully competed amongst the world’s leading Paralympic sailors in the 2.4m class. It was clear to me that I could compete at a higher level with more practice and time in the boat on the water.

Drawing from my experience of sailing and being a tactician over the last 40 years in International competition, I plan to use this skill set to build a winning program. I have 150 days scheduled to race against the best sailors in the world over the next 18 months. This program will include the purchase of 2 boats, test sails, rigs and various setups to make sure I am fast in all conditions. Racing against the worlds best in major international regattas. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee have been overwhelmingly supportive in this endeavor. It would give me great pleasure to compete and to represent the USA for a possible shot at a medal.

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Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha

Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha

Annie Haeger:

My introduction to sailing began at the ripe age of 5, receiving an Optimist Dingy during the holiday season. Though my initial reaction to my “present” were tears and it was years before I jumped into an actual boat, sailing has been in my blood from the get go. I began my career at age 8 in the Opti, winning the Women’s National Championship, finishing 3rd in the open Championship and representing the United States at various European and South American events.  Highlights include winning the women’s division at the 700+ boat International Meeting at Lake Garda, Italy and winning the North American Championship in Trinidad and Tobago.

Post Optimist career, I qualified to represent the United States in the ISAF Youth Worlds twice in the Laser Radial, bringing home a Silver Medal in 2007. My laser stint was highlighted with a 3rd place finish at Youth Radial Europeans, 4th place finish at the 2007 Olympic trails, and back to back victories at the Leiter Cup.

Though I had previous success in the sport, college is where I learned how to become a champion. I received Women’s All American all four years, the only sailor to be nominated for the Quantum female College Sailor of the Year three times, winning in 2011, and was also was only the second woman in history to be awarded Co-ed All American status.  Tying Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe with three Single-handed College National Championships, I also achieved success in the double-handed discipline winning B division my freshman year and finishing top four as a starter on the coed team racing team three times.  Senior year before launching into our full time Olympic campaign, Briana and I won the Women’s National Championship both skippering in A and B divisions. I am also honored to hold the record for the highest finish ever by a woman skipper at the Coed National Championship with a 4th place finish.In all, I helped lead BC to 2 Fowle Trophies for the best team in the Nation and culminated my Boston College career by being named the Eagle of the Year. This award is the highest honor of the athletic department, given annually to one male and one female senior student-athlete who are outstanding citizens, leaders, scholars and athletes.

Briana introduced me to the 470 my junior year in San Diego Bay over Thanksgiving break. Though we were able to train sporadically while in school, we knew once we graduated the Games were in our sights. Since going full time in September 2012, we have made many waves on the international 470 circuit.  We have one goal, and only one: to bring home the Gold Medal for the United States in 2016.

Briana Provancha:

Born and raised in San Diego, Briana was attracted to sailing by family and friends at age 8. Her love for sailing grew exponentially as a member of the Point Loma High School Sailing Team where she helped the team to four national championships. While in high school, she also qualified to represent the USA in three ISAF Youth World Championships (2005,2006,2007), securing the Silver medal in Busan, South Korea in 2005 and finally capturing the ISAF Youth World Title in Kingston, Canada in 2007. Briana attended Boston College where she led the Eagles to 2 Co-Ed National Titles, 1 Team Race National Title, 2 Women’s National Titles, and 2 Fowle Trophies. She is currently training full time as a crew for Annie Haeger in the Women’s 470 in hopes of representing the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The duo is currently top five in the World and have made waves on the international 470 circuit as a top threat in the fleet.

Achievements

Annie Haeger:

Gold, Olympic Test Event, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 470 (August 2015)
Bronze, 470 European Championships, Aarhus, Denmark, 470 (July 2015)
2012 Boston College Female Eagle of the Year
1st, 2012 ICSA Women’s Doublehanded Nationals
2011 Quantum Female Sailor of the Year
Three-time ICSA Women’s Singlehanded National champion (’08, ’09, ’11)
Four-time ICSA All American
Silver, Laser Radial, 2007 ISAF Youth Worlds

Briana Provancha:

Held the ISAF World #1 Ranking 470W (June 2013 – September 2013)
Gold at the 2015 Olympic Test Event Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 470 W
Bronze at the 2015 470 European Championships
#1 Ranked on the US Sailing Team 470W  (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Shortlisted for the 2015 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year

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Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris

Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris

Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris have earned selection to Team USA for Rio 2016 Olympics. The pair have been together longer than any other active U.S. 49er team, and have diligently worked their way up through the ranks over the past three years by training heavily in all weather conditions.

A principal strength of Team Barrows / Morris is a strong preexisting friendship, which has carried them through the moments of doubt and adversity that characterize many Olympic campaigns. “Thomas and I were good friends in college, and sailed against each other all throughout high school as well,” said Morris, a four-time All-American and five-time national champion in various classes. “We had a great opportunity to team up for this Olympic campaign. We started out at a pretty low level, and came a long way over the past couple of years. He’s the best teammate in the world, and there’s nothing else I could ask for.”

For Barrows, this will be a second shot at the Olympic podium, having represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Laser class in 2008, before starting to sail under the U.S. flag in the 49er.

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Helena Scutt and Paris Henken

Helena Scutt and Paris Henken

Paris Henken:

After learning to sail in Sabots in Southern California, some of Paris’s sailing highlights so far include winning the 2011 US Youth Champs in the 29er and the 2010 North Americans in the 29erXX. Gary Jobson listed her on his 2012 All-Star Junior list in ‘Sailing World’. She has instructed at San Diego Yacht Club where she has won ‘Most Outstanding Female Sailor of the Year’ for the last two years. She also used to ski on the Mammoth Mountain Ski Team and surf in the Scholastic Surf Series.

Helena Scutt:

Helena Scutt recently graduated from Stanford University (Biomechanical Engineering, ‘14) and put her master’s degree (Mechanical Engineering) on hold to train full-time for Rio 2016. Helena was captain of the Stanford Varsity Sailing Team for two years. She grew up in Seattle and learned to sail in various boats. Ultimately it was the 29er that drew her away from her soccer craze and she has been loving skiffs ever since. She hopes to inspire more youth sailors, especially girls, to race skiffs and be good stewards of the ocean.

Achievements

Helena Scutt:

2015 Pan American Games Bronze Medalist, 49erFX, with Paris Henken
2014 Seattle Yacht Club Bob Gibbons Memorial Trophy – One Design Sailor of the Year
2016, 2015, 2013 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, 49erFX
2014, 2012, 2010 US Sailing Development Team, 49erFX, 29erXX, 29er
2014, 2013 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association All-Academic Sailing Team
2013 “Outstanding Female Junior Athlete” by Stanford Athletics Board

Paris Henken:

2015 Pan American Games Bronze Medalist
2013 San Diego Yacht Club: Jessop Girls Day Trophy for Outstanding Female Sailor of the Year
2012 San Diego Yacht Club: Jessop Girls Day Trophy for Outstanding Female Sailor of the Year
2012 Featured in Gary Jobson’s All Star List | Sailing World Magazine | January Issue
2010-2013 Varsity Sailing Letter | Coronado High School Varsity Sailing Team

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Marion Lepert

Marion Lepert

Marion Lepert is a rising junior at Stanford University taking a gap year to campaign for the 2016 Olympics. She learned to windsurf at the age of 8 in Foster City, CA and started racing in the SF formula windsurfing race series a few years later. She competed internationally in the youth Techno 293 class for three years before moving up to the Olympic RS:X fleet. She’s been on the US Sailing Team since 2013 and has been actively training and competing since.

Achievements

2015 US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, RS:X
2015 Pan American Games Bronze Medallist
2015 RS:X European Championships: 3rd U21, 21st Overall
2013 ISAF Youth Worlds: 4th

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Caleb Paine

Caleb Paine

Caleb has been sailing his entire life and started racing at the age of 7. After finishing high school, Caleb decided to put college on hold so he could pursue his lifelong dream of winning an Olympic gold medal. He bought himself a Finn and began competing full time in 2009. In 2011, he joined the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider and has since been climbing the world ranking in preparation toward his goal.

The most challenging aspect of Caleb’s quest for the gold has been financial resources. It took him 5 years to get a new mast and boat made to his specifications. Over the last few years, with Bill Kreysler’s help and financial assistance from the Foundation, Caleb has had more resources to refine his equipment and spend more time sailing in Rio and other parts of the world, which successfully culminated in a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics.

Achievements

3rd 2016 Olympics
1st 2015 Finn North Americans
5th 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères
7th 2015 ISAF Sailing World Championship, Santander
3rd 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final Abu Dhabi
1st 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series
1st 2013 ISAD Sailing World Cup Miami USA
3rd 2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup Kiel GER
1st 2012 Delta Lloyd Regatta (ISAF Sailing World Cup) Medemblik Holland
2nd 2011 US National Championship, Long Beach, CA

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