Paige Railey
  • Boat Class:
    Laser Radial
  • Hometown:
    Clearwater, Fla.
  • Birthdate:
    May 15, 1987
  • School:
    University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 2010
  • Member of:
    St Francis Yacht Club

Athlete Bio:

Paige Railey dedicated herself to competitive sailing at a young age, inspired and encouraged by her older brother, 2008 Olympic silver medalist, Zach Railey. As a teenager, she won the 2006 Laser Radial World Championship. This propelled her to international recognition and earned her the titles of Rolex World Sailor of the Year and US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year.

After narrowly missing selection to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Team, Railey rebounded and looked strong leading into London 2012. She placed third at the 2011 World Championship and finished eighth at the Olympic regatta in Weymouth. Despite sustaining nearly career-ending injuries during a training accident in 2014, Railey was named to the Olympic team for the second time in March of 2016. She finished in second place at the final World Championship before the 2016 Games. In Rio, she secured a spot in the top 10, but didn’t quite finish with the result she was hoping for.

Not quite satisfied with her finish in Rio, Railey has her sights set on gold in Tokyo. Recently, she has taken some time away from sailing to learn more about herself. In 2017, Railey attended Insurance School and worked at her family’s companies. The time off the water didn’t slow her down, though. In August, Railey finished in fifth place at the 2018 World Championships in Aarhus and looks strong as 2020 approaches.

Sailing Achievements:

  • Two-Time U.S. Olympian (2016, 2012)
  • Most Laser Radial World Championship Medals in the History of the Class (2016, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2005)
  • US Sailing Sportswoman of the Year (2010)
  • ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year (2006)
  • US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (2006)
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, Laser Senior European Championship (La Rochelle, FRA), 2018
  • 10th, Laser Radial, Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2016
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, Laser Radial World Championship (Nuevo Vallarta, MEX), 2016
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Pan American Games (Toronto, CAN), 2015
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, World Laser Radial Women’s Championship (Rizhao, CHN), 2013
  • 8th, Laser Radial, London 2012 Olympic Games (Weymouth & Portland, GBR), 2012
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships (Perth, AUS), 2011
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, Pan American Games (Guadalajara, MEX), 2011
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, World Laser Radial Women’s Championship (Largs, GBR), 2010
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Laser Radial European Women’s Championship (Charlottenlund, DEN), 2009
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2007
  • 1st, Laser Radial, ISAF World Sailing Games (Lake Neusiedl, AUT), 2006
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Laser Radial World Championships (Fortaleza, BRA), 2005
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Laser Radial European Championship (Split, CRO), 2005
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships (Bulsan, KOR), 2005
  • 1st, Laser Radial, 33rd ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships (Maderia, POR), 2003
  • 3rd, Byte, 32nd Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships (Lunenburg, CAN), 2002

Expanded Sailing Resume:

  • 6th, Laser Radial, 50th Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta (Palma de Mallorca, ESP), 2019
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, Hempel World Cup Series Miami (Miami, USA), 2019
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, ASAF Cup – JSAF Enoshima Olympic Week (Enoshima, JPN), 2018
  • 5th, Laser Radial, Hempel Sailing World Championship (Aarhus, DEN), 2018
  • 7th, Laser Radial, 2018 Kiel Week, (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2018
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, World Cup Series – Round 3 Hyeres (Hyeres, FRA), 2018
  • 7th, Laser Radial, Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2016
  • 4th, Laser Radial, Aquece Rio International Sailing Regatta (Rio 2016 Olympic Test Event) (Rio de Janeiro, BRA), 2015
  • 7th, Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres (Hyeres, FRA), 2015
  • 8th, Laser Radial, Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2015
  • 4th, Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2015
  • 6th, Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Cup Final (Abu Dhabi, UAE), 2014
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Laser North American Championship, (Long Beach, CA), 2014
  • 1st, Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2014
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2013
  • 1st, Laser Radial, ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Miami, USA), 2013
  • 3rd, Laser Radial, Weymouth & Portland International Regatta 2011 (Weymouth & Portland, GBR), 2011
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2011
  • 4th, Laser Radial, Trofeo S.A.R. Princess Sofia MAPFRE (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2011
  • 1st, Laser Radial, US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR (Miami, USA), 2011
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2010
  • 1st, Laser Radial, US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR (Miami, USA), 2010
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, Sail Melbourne (Melbourne, AUS), 2010
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Kiel Week (Kiel-Schilksee, GER), 2009
  • 6th, Laser Radial, Delta Lloyd Regatta (Medemblik, NED), 2009
  • 1st, Laser Radial, Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia (Palma de Majorca, ESP), 2009
  • 2nd, Laser Radial, US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR (Miami, USA), 2009
  • 1st, Laser Radial, US Sailing’s Rolex Miami OCR (Miami, USA), 2008