Zach Railey wasn't expected to win a medal for sailing in the Finn class at the 2008 Olympic games. However, with his skill and training, he managed to grab a silver medal at Qingdao and now plans to try for the 2012 event in Great Britain.
Sunsail Sailing Vacations will team up with the 2008 US Sailing Sportsman of the Year to raise an estimated $40,000 towards Railey's campaign costs. Railey's 2009 campaign schedule is already filling up with dates, including the Netherlands' Delta Lloyd Regatta May and Germany's Kieler Woche in June.
Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Railey grew up in Clearwater and qualified for his first World Championship at the age of 10. The current US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member was chosen for sponsorship by Sunsail because he is a role model for youth sailing, says Josie Tucci, Sunsail Global Product Manager.