Clearwater's Paige Railey wins bronze at world sailing championships

Paige Railey of Clearwater won the bronze medal in Laser Radial at the world championships in Perth, Australia, on Sunday after finishing ninth in the medal race.

She was in third overall going into the race and had a chance to move up to second with a good performance. Soon after the start, Railey was on the wrong side of the course and slowly fell behind the fleet. "Off the start there were a lot of quick moves, and I was just on the wrong side of them," she told USA Sailing. "It's good to win bronze here."

Marit Bouwmeester of the Netherlands won the gold medal and Evi van Acer of Belgium silver.

Clearwater's Zach Railey, Paige's brother and 2008 Olympic Finn silver medalist, finished ninth in Finn after the medal race.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie of Britain was disqualified in Finn after a championship jury found him guilty of gross misconduct for grappling with a cameraman on a media boat after a race late Saturday. Ainslie called the disqualification a "massive overreaction." The 2008 Olympic Finn gold medalist was leading the class by eight points.

On the first day of Star racing, Mark Mendel-

blatt of St. Petersburg and teammate Brian Fatih of Miami were fourth overall after second- and ninth-place finishes.

Clearwater's Paige Railey wins bronze at world sailing championships 12/12/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 12:38am]

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