February Female Athlete of the Month
Paige Railey continued her gold medal form into February with two championship wins. First up was the 2011 Laser Radial Women’s North Americans, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Railey bested an international fleet of 22 boats, including world #1 Marit Bouwmeester from The Netherlands. A week later, she was back in the Laser Radial competing in the Laser Radial Midwinter Championship. Scoring four bullets among eight races, Railey topped an international fleet of 53 boats.
February Male Athlete of the Month
Clay Johnson took a third-place podium at the Laser Midwinter Championship in Clearwater, Fla. Among an international fleet of 40 competitors, Johnson counted two race wins in his scoreline at the three-day regatta. Only two months into 2011, Johnson is showing consistent performance in the Laser fleet, including a 9th-place finish at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR in January. He is currently ranked #21 internationally.
February Team of the Month
The Sonar team of Rick Doerr, Hugh Freund and Brad Kendell had a stellar February of competition with two back-to-back events. First up, the St. Petersburg N.O.O.D. Regatta, in St. Petersburg, Fla. where they finished second among a fleet of 10 competing boats, both able-bodied and disabled sailing teams. They missed the gold by one point after three days of racing. The following week, they won the inaugural Sail to Prevail Paralympic Regatta in St. Petersburg, which featured the top American and Canadian Paralympic hopefuls. During the 10-race series, the racing was extremely close among the top U.S. Sonar teams (all are members of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics), but it was their consistency that brought home the victory.