US Sailing Team Sperry Led By Finn, Radial in Palma


April 1, 2015


Palma de Mallorca, Spain – After three days of racing at the Trofeo Princesa Sofía, where over 1,200 of the world’s best sailors have gathered to compete, the US Sailing Team Sperry is led on the leaderboard by athletes competing in the Laser Radial and Finn classes.

In the men’s heavyweight Finn dinghy, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) moved upwards with solid scores of 8,12 in the 74-boat fleet. Paine remains in the hunt for the podium, and is now 11 points from bronze position with two days of racing left until the medal round. The 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final bronze medalist suffered two deep scores in unstable conditions earlier in the regatta, but has fought his way back towards the front of the pack.

Pictured: Charlie Buckingham, Laser.

In the Laser Radial, perennial contender Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) entered the day in 3rd overall, and a deep score to open racing on day 3 threatened to drop Railey out of the top ten until she recovered with a 9th in the second race. Now sitting in 7th overall, Railey is just five points from bronze in the typically tight 117-boat fleet.

Women’s 470 sailors Annie Haeger (East Troy, Wisc.) and Briana Provancha (San Diego, Calif.) started the day with excellent speed  in the first race and crossed the finish line in 6th, only to discover that they had been penalized for being just barely over the line early at the start. A mid-fleet finish in a shifty second race has the multiple ISAF Sailing World Cup medalists in 9th overall as they enter day 4.

Gold fleet racing continues on Thursday, April 2 at the Trofeo Princesa Sofía in Spain.

Notable US Results, Overall: Day 3

Full Results: 

Laser Radial Women (108 boats)

  • Paige Railey, 7th overall

Finn Heavyweight Men (74 boats):

  • Caleb Paine, 7th overall

470 Women (62 boats):

  • Annie Haeger and Briana Provancha, 9th overall

Laser Men (150 boats):

  • Charlie Buckingham, 15th overall

470 Men (75 boats):

  • Stu McNay and Dave Hughes, 16th overall

49erFX Women (40 boats)

  • Paris Henken and Helena Scutt, 18th overall

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