Jen French was named the 2012 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year for her silver medal performance at the Paralympic Games in Weymouth and Portland, England. Sailing in the SKUD-18 class, with crew JP Creignou, French secured her team’s second place finish. Gary Jobson catches up with her to re-live the silver medal performance and find out how she is engaging with the sport of sailing today. Click to watch on The Starboard Portal.
After a long, successful career competing for the US Sailing Team in the Finn class, Caleb Paine (San Diego, Calif.) has decided to end his campaign for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and turn his focus to other areas of the sport.
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.
She now has her sights set on Tokyo. Proving that nothing will stop her from pushing towards this goal, Railey has pushed past health setbacks to bring her best to the starting line. Her resilience and dedication helped her perform at the recent 2020 World Championships, where she claimed the Laser Radial spot on Team USA. ... See MoreSee Less
Luke comes from a Florida surfing and windsurfing family but he and his little brother started sailing Optis when his older siblings started a high school sailing team. Years later, he qualified for and raced in the 2007 Belgian Nationals where he fell in love with international competition. In high school, Luke was lucky enough to train with a talented group of Laser sailors at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. He began sailing Finns in 2014 and loves the physical and technical aspects of the boat.
Luke lived for 9 months in his campervan named “Bessie” as he travelled and trained in the Finn across the country. Today you will occasionally see Bessie at one of Luke’s training camps. He likes to keep his regatta prep mellow with “anything Bob Marley” in his ear. Luke worked with the American Magic team for two years training on the AC75 in addition to his campaign for the Tokyo Olympics. ... See MoreSee Less
We knew he was special way back at the 2013 Youth Champs! We had the pleasure of hosting Luke and 2 other boys. They were all great kids and fantastic sailors!
Awesome Young Gentleman!!
Got to “understudy” with Coach Littlejohn a few years back and seeing Luke’s sheer love of sailing and training was almost shocking me. Positive, zero excuses and his passionate expressions of how much fun he was having was cool.
Caroline grew up sailing Optis in Blue Hill, Maine, out of Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club. Coming from a small club in a small town, traveling for regattas growing up was the norm and she got hooked on the sport while traveling for training and racing with a close group of friends. As she aged into 420s, the travel, training, and competition became more serious and Caroline designated sailing as her main sport. She competed domestically in the Club 420 and represented the U.S. at multiple i420 World and European championships. During her training in the i420, Caroline practiced out of the US Sailing Center in Miami. There she first saw the Olympics as a personally achievable goal, and she’s been working towards that goal ever since.
In college, Caroline sailed for and captained the Tufts University Sailing Team and made her first steps into Olympic sailing with a start in the 49erFX. Upon graduation, Caroline booked a one-way ticket to California to sail FXs and she’s been on the move making her way in the Olympic sailing world ever since. In 2018 she made the transition from the skiff to the foiling catamaran where she continues to push herself to be the best sailor and athlete she can be.
"I’d like to thank my parents and grandparents for all of their support of my sailing growing up and for making it possible for me to take so many opportunities in the sport while I was young. I’d like to thank Steve Keen, who was the first coach to really show me where hard work can take you in this sport, and I’d like to thank all of the many many people who have welcomed me in to their homes, made donations, picked me up from the airport, cheered me on and otherwise allowed me to live this crazy and amazing life in pursuit of my goals."
Fun fact: You'll rarely see Caroline on the water without her hair in pigtail braids! She claims it's "just her thing" and she thinks she sails better that way. ... See MoreSee Less
Stephanie Roble and Maggie Shea finished second overall in the 49erFX fleet at the 2020 Kiel Week Regatta in a strong return to racing for US Sailing Team athletes this week. Charlie Buckingham finished fourth in the Men’s Laser fleet. #KielWeek
Updates from #KielerWoche on the final day of racing➡️ Steph Roble & Maggie Shea (49erFX) in 2nd; Charlie Buckingham (Laser) in 4th; Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid (49er) in 22nd. FINAL results and recap to be posted later today! Current Standings ➡️
U.S. Olympic class sailors return to racing for the 2020 Kiel Week Regatta this week. U.S. athletes Charlie Buckingham (Laser), Stephanie Roble & Maggie Shea (Women’s 49erFX), and Andrew Mollerus & Ian MacDiarmid (Men’s 49er) will be competing. @KiWoOnline
Anna Weis, @USSailingTeam member, PanAmerican Games Gold Medalist 🥇 and @Tokyo2020 selected athlete shares her take on competing in the Mixed Nacra 17 class and discusses what it is like being a woman sailor athlete in today's sport. #WomensEqualityDay @TeamUSA