The Medalist U.S. Olympic Sailing News - May 2018

The Medalist newsletter is your source for updates on the US Olympic Sailing Program and the US Sailing Team. This is our path to the podium.


  • Roster Announced: 2018 U.S. Youth Sailing Worlds Team
  • Olympian Paige Railey (USA) Takes Bronze At World Cup Series Hyères, Silver at Radial Europeans
  • McNay and Hughes Take Silver at 470 Europeans in Bulgaria
  • Cutting-Edge Facility for US Sailing Team and Bay-Area Community to Open At Treasure Island Sailing Center
  • Latest Team Media
talent headed for texas

Roster Announced: 2018 U.S. Youth Sailing Worlds Team

US Sailing has named fourteen athletes to its 2018 Youth Sailing World Championship Team. The premier event in international youth sailing, the 2018 Youth Worlds (July 14–21, Corpus Christi, Texas) is expected to include competitors from over 70 nations. The event is set to be held in U.S. waters for the first time since Newport, Rhode Island hosted the regatta in 1996, and is open to sailors under age 19.

“For the first Youth Worlds held in the U.S. in over twenty years, we are proud to send a team of fourteen talented, committed and competitive athletes,” said Malcolm Page, two-time Olympic Champion and Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing.

“Racing for the highest prize in international youth sailing on home waters will be a great honor, and an experience that our sailors will carry with them for the rest of their sailing careers. US Sailing will do everything we can to help our team to compete in Texas against the world’s best.”

The United States will send an experienced and formidable group to Corpus Christi Yacht Club, with half of the team having prior Youth Worlds experience. Three American athletes will return to defend world titles won at Sanya 2017 (China), with Charlotte Rose (Houston, Texas) in the Laser Radial and sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) in the I420.

on fire overseas

Paige Railey Takes Bronze At World Cup Series Hyères, Silver at Radial Europeans (France)

US Sailing Team athlete and two-time Olympian Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) took home the bronze medal in the Laser Radial at World Cup Series Hyères 2018. Railey recently committed to campaigning for Tokyo 2020 in the women’s one-person dinghy, in which she has enjoyed a long and successful career at the international level. The Floridian sailor was near the top of the elite 64-boat fleet all week in France, winning three races in the 10-race qualifying round before finishing 8th in Sunday’s medal race. 2017 US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) also made the medal race in the Radial, and finished 6th overall.

“The medal race was a bit crazy. I thought I was over the [starting] line early so I [re-started],” said Railey, “I just climbed back into it, and instead of getting stressed out about medals I just focused on one moment at a time, kept hiking, and just kept sailing hard.”

"I decided to campaign for Tokyo [2020] because I’ve achieved almost everything you can achieve in the Radial. The last missing piece is an Olympic gold medal. If I can secure that, I think I can walk away saying I’ve done everything you can do in this boat."
"Sailing is a part of me; something I've done for almost 22 years... it's embedded in my soul."

Refocused and utterly committed, two-time Olympian, two-time Pan American Sailing Champion and record five-time World Championship medalist Paige Railey is back in the Laser Radial with Tokyo 2020 in her sights.

silver in bulgaria

McNay and Hughes Take Silver at 2018 470 Europeans in Bulgaria

US Sailing Team veterans and Rio 2016 Olympians Stu McNay and Dave Hughes have added another 470 Europeans medal to their extensive CV, taking Silver in Bulgaria to go along with their previous Europeans gold (2015) and bronze (2016).

new home out west

Cutting-Edge Facility for US Sailing Team and Bay-Area Community to Open At Treasure Island Sailing Center

New FAST USA facility and program to include benefits for all Bay Area sailors, from public-school children to US Sailing Team athletes.

FAST USA, the Facility for Advanced Sailing and Technology, has opened at Treasure Island Sailing Center (TISC). FAST USA combines the resources of a three-way partnership between TISC, the St. Francis Sailing Foundation, and US Sailing, the sport’s national governing body. The partnership will enhance the community-based activities of TISC and create a flagship training base for the US Sailing Team of unprecedented scope and technological sophistication.

The new FAST USA facility is the realization of the St. Francis Sailing Foundation’s long held dream of a seamless pathway from beginner-level sailor to expert, known as the “Puddles to Podium” initiative. It is a dream shared by the foundation’s partners, TISC and US Sailing.

“We have watched the successes that other sports have had in creating a national training center and permanent home for their top athletes, coaches and trainers,” said Peter Stoneberg, Chairman of the FAST USA Committee.

“For the first time in the history of American sailing, FAST USA at TISC will provide this home for the sport. New and Olympic sailors alike will be surrounded by world-class technology companies, universities and life science facilities. When added to the outstanding sail training conditions in San Francisco Bay, we will be mining Olympic gold on Treasure Island.”
A Look Ahead

Key Upcoming Events in 2018:

  • July 30-August 12: Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 (Combined Worlds) Event Site.
  • World Cup Series Enoshima: September 9-16, 2018. Event Site.

Above: Hear from the American sailors who pursue their sport's highest prize; each day spent chasing an Olympic dream is a journey of self-discovery. Take in the sights of Enoshima, Japan; Tokyo 2020 Olympic sailing venue.

on the road

Sights from the Campaign Trail

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Above: Hear the voices of those that help American sailors reach their potential.

The US Sailing Team, the national team of athletes hoping to win medals for the United States during the next Olympic Games, provides sailors with leadership, coaching, performance enhancement, physical and medical support, technical excellence, a global operational infrastructure, comprehensive communications coverage and much-needed financial support.

To help our national team perform on the water, we need to assemble a broad coalition of support behind our athletes.

Consider supporting the US Sailing Team. Without friends and believers, our motivated, talented sailors could only reach a fraction of their potential.

Enoshima, Japan, tokyo 2020 Sailing venue

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