August 9 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team News
Tuesday's races were Paine's first as an Olympian, and the significance of the moment did not escape the San Diego native. "The Olympics is what I've been training for for the last six years, and now to be able to do it is a fantastic feeling, and exciting," said Paine. "It's interesting to hear stories about the Olympics, and then experience it yourself, while knowing I can rely on those stories in a way that hopefully gets me a medal."
The Finn fleet is scheduled to move from today's flat and shifty "Pão de Açucar" course on Guanabara Bay to the open-ocean "Niterói" course tomorrow, which often features sizable waves. Wednesday's forecast also calls for strong wind. "I think it's going to be a little easier [tomorrow] in the sense that it's not as shifty," said Paine. "It will be a physically taxing day outside, with big breeze. Grinding and boat speed are going to be key."
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) had an up-and-down day in the Laser Radial, finishing 10 ,23 in two races and is in 10th overall after two days of sailing on the "Escola Naval" and "Ponte" courses on Guanabara Bay. Racing areas in the Bay are known for their nuanced current and wave patterns, which have been the subject of intense study by most national teams since 2012. Nevertheless, Railey said that Tuesday's racing served up some tactical curveballs. "We've spent a lot of time here, so I felt pretty prepared for stuff that was going to happen, and the conditions here," said Railey. "It's always the regatta curse, that whenever you start the racing it seems to be different than when you did all the training."