Sibling power

Zach and Paige Railey discuss their path to London 2012
Potentially a sweet story in the making for the 2012 Olympics will be if US Sailing Team Alphagraphics brother and sister Zach and Paige Railey make it to the Games. At present, just under two years out from D-day, both are in good shape. Zach, 26, was the surprise silver medallist in the Finn in Beijing and remains in pole position in the big lad’s singlehander in the US team, having come fourth and second in the last two Finn Gold Cups. Younger sister Paige, 23, didn’t make it to the last Games for reasons she discusses later, but was the Laser Radial World Champion in 2005, Rolex ISAF Sailor of the Year in 2006 and is back on form now having finished third at the Worlds this year following wins this season at Kiel Week and Rolex Miami OCR. She like her brother is the dominant sailor in her class in the US team. While the Raileys come from Clearwater, on Florida’s west coast, their parents are “motorboat people” and Zach says he was only enticed into sailing aged eight, when the family dentist suggests he should do a sailing course. “I was five at the time and we weren’t allowed to sail until we were eight,” recalls Paige. “Zach would take me on his Opti sometimes when he’d sail in from regattas and I learned to sail when I was eight years old too.” With son and both daughters – Paige has a twin, Brooke – avid teenage sailors, the co-operation of their parents Daniel and Ann were clearly instrumental to their present success. As Zach states: “We wouldn’t be here without them (!). They have been a huge part of this ever since we were younger. Whatever goals we set they were fully behind it. And the only deal that