Paige Railey Update

Merrily

Administrator
#22
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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Merrily

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#23
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

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Bradley

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Staff member
Thread starter #25
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

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Wavedancer

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#26
Bradley said:
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

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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!
 

Bradley

Administrator
Staff member
Thread starter #28
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


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Merrily

Administrator
#30
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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Merrily

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#31
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

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Merrily

Administrator
#33
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
 

Merrily

Administrator
#34
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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Merrily

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#37
rerun said:
who is paige railey???
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!
 
#38
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
 

Merrily

Administrator
#39
rerun said:
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
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."
 

Merrily

Administrator
#40
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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