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.”
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: 2nd, World Cup Series Miami 2018
Expanded 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