Caleb Paine, Finn
US OLYMPIC TEAM: Rio 2016
US SAILING TEAM SPERRY: 2011-present
HOMETOWN: San Diego, Calif.
MEMBER OF: Mission Bay Yacht Club, Southwestern Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club
HIGH SCHOOL: Point Loma High School ’09
COLLEGE: Mesa College
PHOTOS: Caleb Paine Gallery
AGENT/PRESS INQUIRIES: Contact Will Ricketson, US Sailing
SIGNIFICANT SAILING ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Bronze medalist, Rio 2016 Olympic Games
- Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Team member
- 1st overall, Finn, 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup series
- 7th overall, 2014 Finn World Championship (Finn Gold Cup)
- Bronze, ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, 2015
BRONZE MEDALIST, RIO 2016:
U.S. Olympic Team sailor Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) won a bronze medal in the Finn class, the Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Rio was the first career Olympic Games appearance for Paine, 25.
“It’s been a tough battle for me, and I feel fortunate to come up with a medal in the end,” said Paine, who submitted a dominant medal race performance, and led at every mark of the course. “I saw quite a bit of breeze coming down the right side [on the first leg], I hitched out there, and then was continuously playing the right. I just saw the wind, and sailed towards it.”
Paine led the medal race at every mark on the “Pao” racecourse in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain. With his victory, Paine passed Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, who finished 10th in the double-points medal race, in the overall standings to earn a place on the podium.
“Caleb’s performance during today’s race was never in doubt, and his bronze medal is a great achievement,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “He had a great team behind him, but at the end of the day it comes down to the individual holding the tiller. Caleb got this done.” U.S Sailing Team High Performance Director Charlie McKee (Bend, Ore.), a two-time Olympic medalist, added that he was deeply impressed with how Paine performed on the biggest stage. “It was a truly clutch performance, and it was done under an enormous amount of pressure. He went with his instincts, and he nailed it.”
Paine is the first American to medal in sailing since Anna Tunnicliffe (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) both accomplished the feat at Beijing 2008, and came from behind in dramatic fashion to win the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team athlete selection series in early March. A Sailing World Cup Series Champion, Paine has been the top-ranked American Finn sailor since 2012. He began his Finn dinghy career in the period preceding the London 2012 Olympic Games as Railey’s training partner, and the two athletes challenged each other for much of the past six years.
Paine was coached by U.S. Sailing Team Senior Olympic Coach Luther Carpenter (Cypress, Texas), who with Paine’s result today has won five medals in four different classes over 25 years of coaching for the national team.
Caleb Paine, 25, (San Diego, Calif.) grew up in southern California, and inherited in father’s love of sailing at an early age. Together with his younger brother Olin, Paine sailed anything he could get his hands on in San Diego as a kid, and devoted himself to mastering the one-person Sabot junior class of boat. Deciding earlier than most to pursue an Olympic dream, Paine skipped a traditional campus-based college experience in favor of a life on the high-performance sailing path.
In early March 2016, the Rio 2016 Selection Series in the Finn class (Men’s Heavyweight Dinghy) came to a memorable conclusion at the Finn European Championship (March 7-12) in Barcelona. Paine came from behind to win his first career U.S. Olympic Sailing Team berth over Beijing 2008 silver medalist Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) who came out of retirement in late 2015.
Paine is a Sailing World Cup Series Champion, and has been the top-ranked American Finn sailor since 2012. He began his Finn dinghy career in the period preceding the London 2012 Olympic Games as Railey’s training partner, and the two athletes challenged each other for much of the past six years. “One of the main reasons I’m as competitive as I am now is because of Zach’s talent and abilities. He pushed me to where I am,” said Paine. “He’s one of the fiercest competitors you’ll find on any racecourse, and I have a lot of respect for what he’s accomplished. My training with Zach started me on the right path, and I’m thankful for that. I’ll always be grateful for his early mentorship.”
WATCH: Uncharted Waters, Caleb Paine
EXAPANDED SAILING RESUME:
- 5th, Finn, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères
- 4th, Finn, 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED
- 11th, Finn, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères (FRA)
- 11th, Finn, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma (ESP)
- 1st, Finn, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (USA)
- 3rd, Finn, 2012 Kiel Week (ISAF Sailing World Cup), Kiel, GER
- 1st, Finn, 2012 Delta Llloyd Regatta (ISAF Sailing World Cup), Medemblik, Holland
- 5th, Finn, US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
- 2nd, Finn, 2011 U.S. National Championship, Long Beach, Calif.
- 35th, Finn, 2010 Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, FL (ISAF Sailing World Cup)
- 28th, Finn, 2010 Finn Gold Cup, San Francisco, CA
Pictured: Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) at the finish line of the final race of the 2016 Finn European Championship, where he earned U.S. Olympic Team selection.