Paige Railey Update

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  1. Michelle

    Michelle New Member

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    Forgot to add...they're thinking of having a 'first boy' trophy in the Radial fleet from now on. Go, sisters!
     
  2. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    What we've been waiting for--the news from Paige:

    HEY!!!!!

    As I always say "Three's a charm," it's also my favorite
    number. I am saying this because this is my third year in a
    row of winning this regatta, maybe it will bring me some
    good luck!

    You can view the regatta at:
    http://www.clwyc.org/LaserMidwintersEast06/

    The regatta was great! The wind slowly increased throughout
    the days. First day there was nothing, second was a bit
    more, third was slightly hiking and the fourth was windy!
    Yesterday was great! It was about 18-21 knots with 5 foot
    waves. I haven't sailed in that stuff for a while so it was
    fun! I can say I was a bit rusty in the beginning, I kind
    of fell in the water and got stuck in irons which resulted
    in me loosing my lead in a race, but I started to get the
    hang of it. Yesterday was perfect preparation for Europe:
    Cold water and temp, windy, and cloudy!

    The girls and Kaj have now gone home and I get a two
    week "break." We went from having 12 people in my house
    back to three. It sure is a change. Technically it's not a
    break, I will still be in the gym and sailing. I just won't
    be sailing everyday like I have been since OCR'S. I have a
    few things in my body that I have to strengthen which I
    found out yesterday, since I could feel a killer burn in
    the muslces.

    The last two weeks of March, Kaj will come back to Florida
    and I will be doing a training session with him and another
    sailor. Then after that its time for Europe, a whole four
    months away from home! Besides that, I will write and
    update you on how the training and preparation from Europe
    is going!

    Later!

    Paige

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    http://paigerailey.com/jointheteam/
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  3. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Here's the latest from Paige, including news of a sail with broken bottom sections.

    Hello Hello! Today is my last day in the States since
    tommorrow I head off to Europe with Kaj. My first stop will
    be in Palma de Mallorca! First, before I get started about
    the summer let me give you a brief summary of what I have
    been up to since the last email. Ben Paton from GBR flew
    here to be my training partner for about 2 weeks. He was
    very essential to the good training. I enjoyed having him
    around a lot. We trained in the gym, sailed and biked
    together. Everything was great until this one day; We
    decided to do a downwind that would be about 2 hours.
    Imagine this, 3 foot waves and 20 knots. Perfect! So we get
    going and I notice my sail was bending forward a lot so I
    scaled my mast and I saw my bottom section was broke. Darn
    I thought!! We decided to de- rig my boat and keep going.
    Five minutes later, a loud snap and Ben broke his bottom as
    well. So there we were about an hour into the sail,
    equipment broken and sitting in the freezing cold. I look
    up and a HUGE Coast Guard boat is full speed toward us.
    They waited for us to get situated with Kaj and escorted us
    the whole way back! The training over the two week span was
    a perfect scenario with Kaj coaching and Ben and I training
    against each other. It was just what I needed before I
    headed off to Europe. Now on the subject of Europe. I will
    start sailing a regatta in Spain, called Princess Sofia
    starting April 8. I don't know if I will have internet
    connection so please go onto my website and look at the
    schedule. You can find a link to regatta site as well.
    After that regatta, it's off to France, Austria, Holland,
    Italy and Germany. I have to admit one thing though: I'm
    nervous about the weather! I hope it's not too cold when I
    get there. C'mon I am a Floridian!! My winter is their
    summer! I guess I'm just spoiled! Wish me luck! Paige

    LINK FOR PHOTOS
    http://community.webshots.com/slideshow?ID=549031271&key=QwNDCg
     
  4. sailor327

    sailor327 New Member

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    I can only imagine how much her sailing has to cost.:eek:
     
  5. Bradley

    Bradley Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi, Bradley. This is the Paige Railey Team Newsletter.

    Hey,

    Well I have good and bad news for you in this email. Lets
    start off with the bad: Palma went terrible!!! I have to
    say I dont know what I could of done right there. I had an
    OCS, DNE, and three yellow flags. You can say that I had to
    add an extra 120 points to my score for my "mistakes." But
    hey, maybe its good that I got it out of my system now
    rather than later. Besides the results I can say that I
    learned a lot. I have been practicing some things that will
    hopefully improve my sailing.

    Lets talk about the good news. Now that the Palma regatta
    is in the past, I now get to look forward to Hyeres.
    Currently, I am in Hyeres, France to sail my second
    competition of the tour. Kaj and I have been greeted with
    beautiful weather and a lovely town. Yesterday I had my
    first croissant, French cookies and chocolate croissant.
    They were delicious eventhough I felt like I gained 5
    pounds after eating them!

    Anyways, the regatta starts next week and hopefully I can
    redeem myself. Go to my website to see it in the schedule
    and PLEASE wish me luck!

    Later!

    Paige

    Thank You for Being a Team Member.

    I would appreciate you sending an invitation to your family
    and friends so they too can become a Paige Railey Team Member!!

    http://paigerailey.com/signup.cfm
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  6. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Paige did redeem herself and won this grade 1 regatta (Semaine Olympique Francaise in Hyeres). It appears from the scoresheet that she sailed very smartly. Getting a DNF in race 10 (which she could drop), and a ninth place in the medal race, just enough to stay ahead of Sophie de Turckheim, her nearest rival.

    Anna did quite well also, finishing fifth. The news reports state that there was little wind the last two days, leading to many cancellations.

    Brad Funk didn't make the Gold fleet among the guys, but this was a very competitive event (no surprise) with almost 140 entries from all over the world (split up in four groups). Our Ozzie friends must be happy with the outcome!
     
  7. Betes176218

    Betes176218 New Member

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    Paige is the MAN! Just kiddin' but seriously, keep on keepin' on sister! SAILORS RULE ALL!
     
  8. Bradley

    Bradley Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi, Bradley. This is the Paige Railey Team Newsletter.

    Hey,

    I pulled through! Hyeres regatta is over and I won! I was
    determined to end this regatta on a positive note because
    of the huge disappointment in Palma. My speed, tactics and
    strategy were very good this regatta, but I am still
    concerned about my flag situation. I am trying to conquer
    this fault, but it is much harder than anything else. I
    received an OCS and two yellow flags. I actually started
    off the regatta with an OCS and a yellow flag in the first
    race! I’ll admit I “snapped” on myself and said I had to
    get control of my sailing more. So with a new mind set I
    continued the regatta and started to sail better every race.

    Speaking of the races; The top ten have to race the last
    race against each other. It is a new format that has been
    started recently. You’re score counts as double, meaning if
    you get a 10th you receive 20 points, so there is a lot to
    be gained. Going into this race I had a 4 point lead on
    Sophie (a sailor from FRA, who was in 2nd). This meant I
    had to either beat her or finish right behind her. The race
    was so suspenseful! We never left each others side. The
    battle began directly from the start. First Sophie rounds
    ahead of me at the top mark then I passed her on the run.
    Then on the next upwind she passed me again. I could only
    think that, IT’S OVER! I lost this whole regatta because of
    one race, but I kept pushing, I had one leg left to pass
    her or catch back up. I surfed every little wave I could
    and finally caught her and the victory was mine. We crossed
    the line at the same time and I was over come with relief
    and complete excitement. I have never had my heart beat so
    fast at times then completely shut off then go back to
    pounding.

    After winning this event I feel as though I have conquered
    a huge step in my sailing. I can’t describe how I felt to
    win. I was more proud to win this regatta than the Worlds!
    Go onto my schedule and check out the regatta site!

    Now I am in Portugal where I will continue my training
    before the ISAF World Games in Austria. I am here for about
    10 days. Ben will be coming here to meet me. We will use
    the same set up that we did in Clearwater. Should be great!

    Talk to you soon!

    Paige


    Thank You for Being a Team Member.

    I would appreciate you sending an invitation to your family
    and friends so they too can become a Paige Railey Team Member!!

    http://paigerailey.com/signup.cfm
     
  9. Bradley

    Bradley Administrator Staff Member

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    Paige happy after winning Hyeres!!
     

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  10. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Here's the latest from Paige!

    Hey!

    Right now I am in Austria and it's my birthday! 19 years
    old now. Feels wierd to be celebrating my birthday without
    my twin sister Brooke. It feels like my other half is
    missing.

    Anyways,I arrived here about three days ago. The venue is
    very cute. The town seems very enthusiastic towards us
    being here. They are so proud to be hosting the ISAF World
    Games. Yes, this is a Worlds. Let me explain to you about
    the World Championships that I have competed in.

    ISAF Youth Worlds- Hosted by ISAF and for sailors 18 and
    under.
    Laser Radial Worlds- This is the Worlds for the boat that I
    sail (Very Important)
    ISAF Worlds- Held every 4 years and alot like the Youth
    Worlds except all ages can compete.

    Up until now I was in Portugal training with Kaj and Ben.
    It was awesome but very hard. The training demanded a lot
    of energy and endurance. I will admit some days I was
    crawling out of bed. I can definitely say I hit the wall of
    exhaustion there. This kind of training is very good I
    think. Not only does it toughen you up physically but
    mentally it strengthens you as well! The weather was very
    warm but the water not. We sailed 7 out of the 9 days.
    There was huge swells with variable winds. We were able to
    have different conditions so that was good. The three of us
    were busy tackling our weaknesses and improving our
    conditioning for the boat. Besides the sailing, Portugal is
    a very nice country. We stayed next to the water and got to
    see some amazing sites. While we were there,we ventured
    over to the most Western point of Europe which was a fun
    trip.

    Tommorrow the regatta starts. We are sailing on a small
    lake with an average depth of 4-5 ft. The water is very
    muddy as well. I went out yesterday and it was a bit of a
    shock on how puffy and choppy it was. But as I see it, it's
    just a new challenge that needs to be conquered. I dont
    know the outcome, but I'll give it all I have!

    Go onto my schedule and see the regatta website. There will
    also be written articles on www.sailing.org that you can
    read.

    I want to congratulate my brother Zach!! He graduated May
    12th from the University of Miami. Wish I could have been
    there with him to celebrate but I will see him in Holland
    and can give him a big hug there!!

    Wish me luck!

    Paige



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    and friends so they too can become a Paige Railey Team Member!!

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  11. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    From Paige:

    Hello!

    Well hotdog! I won! So now I will be the ISAF World
    Champion for four years! How cool is that? I didn't get to
    explain to you the history that I have with this regatta.
    Four years ago I qualified for this regatta. I remember
    being so excited until they told me I was too young to
    compete. They actually had an age limit. I was so
    devastated! So, I remember saying to myself that one day I
    was going to go and try to do amazing.

    My time had come and I was so excited to sail it. The whole
    set up for the regatta was amazing! It was like a little
    sailing village in the middle of Austria. There was press
    and spectators everywhere. I had a documentary done on me
    and I was actually giving out autographs. I was more
    excited than the people asking for them!

    Lets talk about the sailing...We were raced on a lake which
    is different from what I am used to. Also, the lake was an
    average of 5 feet, so this created the most choppiest waves
    I have ever been in. The wind was very shifty and gusty and
    it actually blew for the majority of the time. I had to be
    on top of my game every second for if I missed something
    then that could result in loosing a mass amount of boats. I
    will admit, the day that it was the most easiest conditions
    to sail in I failed miserably, but in the tricky stuff I
    found so much fun and easy. Odd, how things can work.

    So, I lead throughout the whole regatta and going into the
    medal race I was once again in the same position as I was
    in Hyeres. I was just ahead of Sophie (sailor from France)
    by 3 points and I had to either beat her or finish just
    behind her. I decided that I was not going to make the same
    mistakes that I did in Hyeres. With that new knowledge, I
    had a new mindset and game plan as to how I would handle
    the situation. With the nerves and stress going, I was 100%
    ready to go! The battle began from the start and I
    stayed/covered her the whole way. We were tacking and
    gybing and doing many maneuvers to trick the other. But, I
    came out victorious and with a feeling of such satisfaction
    that I had learned something.

    You should check out the regatta site at:
    http://www.worldsailinggames2006.at/cms/

    and news reports at:
    www.sailing.org

    Now, I have one more regatta before I can get a little
    break. On Wednesday, I start to sail the Holland Regatta. I
    will say I am a bit tired after the World Games, but I just
    have to grip my teeth and push through!

    You can view the regatta at:
    http://hollandregatta.org/2006/

    Talk to you later!

    Paige

    Thank You for Being a Team Member.

    I would appreciate you sending an invitation to your family
    and friends so they too can become a Paige Railey Team Member!!

    http://paigerailey.com/signup.cfm
     
  12. Bradley

    Bradley Administrator Staff Member

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    ISAF Worlds Pictures

    Here are some pictures of Paige from the ISAF worlds competition!
     

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  13. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    The latest from Paige:

    Hello hello!

    Its been a while. So, I bet some of you are wondering, WHAT
    HAPPENED at the Holland Regatta??? Well, I hit the wall you
    can say. My body and mind said, "Paige, I have had enough!"
    This year has been outrageous with the amount of sailing
    and training that I have been doing. So Kaj and I decided
    that it was more important for me to recover and get rested
    so that I am fresh for Europeans. One of the easiest things
    that can happen to an athlete is a burn out. I can admit
    that I felt overtrained and wiped out after the ISAF
    Worlds. The Holland Regatta was a bit much and when I was
    out racing I felt as though I was sailing in a dream. That
    everything was happening around me, but I was just standing
    still. But now that I have had a proper break, I am ready
    to "finish the job" over here in Europe.

    I am quite excited to go sail the Europeans. It is one of
    the biggest regattas for me this year and I hope to perform
    excellent. Europeans will be the last event that I sail
    over here so I want to end it with a bang! The regatta will
    be held in Riccione, Italy. One thing I know I am looking
    forward to besides the sailing, is the amazing pizza! I can
    remember the taste of the pizza when I sailed in Italy 3
    years ago. I won this event last year, but I am not going
    to go into the regatta with the mind set of having to
    defend my title. I just want to sail good. I want to go
    take one race at a time and do the best I can. You can view
    how the regatta progresses at:
    http://www.netandpaper.it/laser/index_uk.htm

    It begins on the 11th so stay updated!

    Cheers,

    Paige
     
  14. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    The news from Paige (Bradley--ha, ha!)

    HELLO!

    I know its been a while and I was MIA, but I'm Back! After
    my disapointment at the Laser Radial Europeans I decided to
    take a break from sailing. I went to Kieler Woche and
    coached my brother. He sailed amazing there and I was so
    proud to say I was his coach. He finished 6th at the
    regatta. Afterwards I headed off to Britian where I
    vacationed with my boyfriend Nick. We traveled around the
    country all the way from London to his little town of
    Lymington. I saw all the places that the Travel Channel
    suggested to see! These two events were great for me. They
    helped me relax and get my head fresh for my upcoming
    training.

    For about two weeks I have been out in Marina del Ray,
    California preparing for the 2006 Laser Radial Womens
    Worlds. I have been training with my coach Kaj and training
    partner Ben. It is very light here, but the waves are great
    for surfing. We have sailed in about every condition that
    will be presented to us during the regatta so I hope I am
    100% prepared for the upcoming challenges. Speaking of
    that, the regatta starts tommorrow! It will be six days
    long. If you can remember I won this event last year in
    Brazil, but I am not going to put the pressure on myself on
    thinking that I have to retain my title. It has been a
    while since I have sailed a competition so I am going to
    stick to routine. Just do what I know best and hopefully
    everything will fall into place.

    You can view the regatta at:
    http://www.calyachtclub.com/cms/index.cfm?
    mainid=10&vNavID=18&vSubNavID=0


    Wish me LUCK!

    Paige


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  15. WestCoast

    WestCoast New Member

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    she's been training here TWO WEEKS?!
    I didn't even have a practice DAY.

    add this to the infinite list of what seperates the best from the rest!
     
  16. rerun

    rerun New Member

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    who is paige railey???
     
  17. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Have you been giving out your password again? :D She is the AMERICAN who just won the Radial Worlds. :D :D When I met her last winter at Clearwater, she introduced me to her training partner at the time, Brendan Casey. :D :D :D Congrats to Brendan for winning the North Americans!
     
  18. rerun

    rerun New Member

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    no i havnt and she cant have JUST won the radial worlds because they are on at the moment. sorry if i dont know who your americanracers in radials are
     
  19. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    I mispoke. Paige did not just win the Radial Worlds; she won the International Sailing Federation Worlds--the women's division was sailed in Radials. Here's an article from the US Olympic Committee. http://www.usoc.org/11709_46593.htm The article says "Railey is the number one ranked Laser Radial sailor in the world by the International Sailing Federation and the reigning Laser Radial World Champion."
     
  20. Merrily

    Merrily Administrator Staff Member

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    Here's the latest from Paige Railey:

    Hey!

    So if you looked at the results you can see that I had 3
    yellow flags. It was the second to last race when I
    recieved my third flag which resulted in me having to
    retire from the regatta. It was a horrible feeling! Here I
    was in my home country being thrown out of the worlds.

    Truthfully, it has been tough lately. First I pull out of
    the Holland Regatta, score 18th at Euros, and now I am
    thrown out of the Radial Worlds. But these regattas and
    time has been quite a learning experience. As my dad has
    said to me you cant enjoy your highs unless you've
    experienced a low and both my parents agree that you cant
    stay on top forever you have to experience a dip to become
    a stronger and better sailor. They have been great mentors
    for me.

    Worlds was tough. I had media scrutiny (the worst I had
    ever experienced). I was shocked to see the arcticles that
    were written. It seemed that the reporter was more focused
    on my mess ups in the sailing rather than the positive
    part. Truthfully, I had some great sailing. I was not out
    of it at all. The only thing that was killing my scores was
    my yellow flags.

    I guess I can say that I have never had an obstacle with
    the mental part of sailing. It's only been the physical and
    the actual sailing part that has given me troubles. I have
    a new view on athletes. I used to be the person who would
    criticize someone for starting to perform poorly or just
    say they don't have it in them, but now that I am going
    through it, I get to see a different side. I realized that
    we are just human and you can't be perfect all the time,
    but it's the great athletes who are able to pull through
    times like this. My dad has shared with me struggles and
    achievements that he has gone through with his business. I
    never thought that I would be able to compare his work with
    my sailing, but he goes through the same things. I have
    come to admire him for the difficulties and achievements he
    has had. So, with his past experiences he has given me a
    new strength on how to move forward.

    Here's the next step! I'm off to China on the 10th for the
    Pre-Olympics. This is purely a test event for the Olympics.
    I will be able to sail there to get a feel for the venue. I
    will write you later on the link. Also, my goal here will
    be to take another step forward with my progression. It's
    time for me to have a good regatta, but if things go wrong
    again then, I won't let it get me down. I just have to keep
    pushing.

    Talk to you later!

    Paige
     

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