Sailor of the Week: February 3-9
US Sailing Development Team member Caleb Paine made quite the impressio n on the world’s top Finn sailors at last month’s US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR. The San Diego native qualified for the final Medal Race, and finished 10th overall out of 37 competitors and second out of 15 Americans.
Caleb trained hard in advance of his first Rolex Miami OCR event and was fully prepared to sail against the best. Throughout the year he trains with US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) athlete and 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist Zach Railey and USSTAG High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen.
“Kenneth’s goal for me during training was to improve my starts and downwind speed, which I was able to do during our training camps,” explained Caleb. “These improved skills took my game to a new level, making my medal round goal achievable. I have to say it was my most rewarding regatta to date.”
Caleb was the second top-finishing U.S. racer at last summer’s Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco. Currently, Caleb is the 30th ranked Finn sailor in the world by the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) World Rankings.
“Medaling at the Olympics has been one of my dreams ever since I started sailing,” stated Caleb. “The other dream is participating in the Volvo Ocean Race, which I view as one of the world’s most demanding sporting events. It is the sailing equivalent to the Ironman.”
Caleb has fond memories of competing in several adult and youth US SAILING National Championship events, including the Championship of Champions last year with his brother Olin.
He started sailing Sabots at the age of 6 when his father introduced him to the sport. Caleb’s parents are active in promoting and organizing junior sailing in the San Diego area.
Caleb explained, “To keep this great sport alive we need more young kids to participate. Sailing gives young kids the ability to be on their own at a very young age. It teaches them responsibility, composure in stressful situations, and the connection between an action and its consequences. These qualities lead to both personal success and the successful perpetuation of our sport.”