Paige Railey, the 17-year-old Laser Radial sailor from St. Petersburg, Fla., won the Princess Sofia Trophy Regatta in Spain today, the first major Olympic classes regatta in Europe of the season. Railey, who is ranked the top Laser Radial sailor on the 2005 US Sailing Team, defeated 35 boats from ten countries in Palma de Mallorca to take home the honors. Railey has kicked off the first year of a new Olympic quadrennium with a bang, winning US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR earlier this year.
Railey’s strong performance was consistent throughout the five-day regatta, taking the lead on the first day and never relinquishing that top spot. Out of a total of 13 races, Railey won a total of six races. Overall, Railey had a total of 33 points and finished 32 points ahead of runner-up Charlotte Dobson (GBR), who inched ahead of third place finisher Wiebke Schroder (GER) earlier in the week.
Next up for Paige Railey is a trip back home to St. Petersburg, Fla., to complete her senior year in high school. She has a busy sailing schedule ahead of her this summer, including a trip to the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Busan, Korea to represent the USA as part of US SAILING’s US Youth World Team.
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