sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Anna Tunnicliffe: Squalls and more on Day 2 in Qingado
Anna Tunnicliffe: Squalls and more on Day 2 in Qingado

'Alinghi - Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series 2014, Qingdao.'    © Lloyd Images    Click Here to view large photo

These days, twice Rolex Sailor of the Year and Olympic Gold medalist, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) alternates between sailing aboard Alinghi in the Extreme Sailing Series, and chasing a serious ranking in the world of CrossFit.

She reports in from Qingdao, China after Day 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series, sailing as tactician aboard Alinghi. In 2008, she won a Gold Medal in the Laser Radial class at the Qingdao Olympics, now she returns.

May 2, 2014, Qingdao, China

Today was a totally opposite day than yesterday weather-wise, but Alinghi still had a good day and we have held our lead on the top of the leaderboard. We only completed three short races today, but scoring a 1,5,1 kept us in the top spot.

Alinghi Tactician, Anna Tunnicliffe - Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2. Muscat. -  © Lloyd Images/Extreme Sailing Series   Click Here to view large photo
After yesterday's light conditions from the south, we woke up to the wind already blowing in the low teens from the north and the forecast for the breeze to build before dropping off a little in the evening. And the forecast was spot on. Around the time of the skippers' briefing at 12:30, the wind hit 35kts on the pier, right about where our start line was to be. The race committee decided to put us on a one hour delay. Although after the hour, the wind didn't really seemed to have dropped, in reality it had lessened a little and we were sent out for racing with a 3pm start. Owing to the direction of the wind, however, and where our racecourse was to be set, the fleet was split into groups so we would have fewer boats on the race course, both for safety and better racing.

The northerly direction of the wind meant that it was blowing off the city, through all the tall buildings. Had the wind been steady, the racing wouldn't have been a problem, but because we would sail through a 3-5kt patch of water into a 20-25kt patch of water, with a 20 degree shift thrown in there, it made for some exciting racing to watch and do.

We all left the dock assigned to a group of four boats, A, B, or C. The format for the first races of the day was two groups race each other, while the other group got a bye race. We were in group A so we sailed first against group B, then group C before sitting out the next race.

In the first race, we had an interesting start, but were able to execute our plan after the gun. We wanted to head to the left side of the course. We started above the line (ie on course side), on purpose, but were a bit slow getting going as the wind deserted us. After we cleared ourselves from our OCS, we ended up ducking the fleet that had tacked on to port at the pin end of the line. But as I said, this was fine because we wanted to head left. We hitched out to the left lay line and came blasting in on a big left shift and rounded the top mark in 2nd.

Alinghi - Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series 2014, Qingdao. -  © Lloyd Images   Click Here to view large photo

Downwind was a bit full-on as the fleet was very close together and the puffs were bringing the back of the fleet closer to the front. We held on and rounded the leeward mark in a good 20kt puff. We sailed the shifts up the beat and were in a three way battle for who was going to be first at the top. We ended up ducking both of the other boats on the beat, but rounded first. In a nerve racking downwind leg, we were able to hold off Emirates Team NZL who were bringing down a massive puff, and we took the win for the first race.

In the second race, we had a rough time on the start line. We couldn't get in the tack we wanted right off the line because of a boat OCS above us, but we battled back up the beat and rounded in 3rd. We called for a gybe set, which was the right idea, but then we got a little frantic and put ourselves in the middle of the course where there wasn't any wind rather than just being patient and letting the wind fill in so we could get blasting down the course. We ended up losing two boats on the downwind leg which was a bit frustrating, but we learned a big lesson for the next leg and the subsequent race.

We sat out the next race as our group wasn't racing. And I have to admit, the racing appeared a lot more extreme when we were watching it than when we were actually doing it. I think because there is so much going on when we are racing and we know and trust our own boat handling that we are confident that when the puff hits that we won't capsize. Watching the other teams get hit with puffs, and heel over and blast downwind in the gusts was quite exhilarating to watch, and there was some definite 'ooing' and 'ahhing' going on onboard.

Time was ticking away, so the race committee declared that we were going to do small group races to finish the day. This meant that we would only race against the people in our groups, so it would be a four boat race. Our plan was to be the first boat out to the right hand side of the race course after the start. We set up for a great start and executed the plan. At the top mark, we were in first with the other boats nipping at our heels.

Alinghi - Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series 2014, Qingdao. -  © Lloyd Images   Click Here to view large photo

Downwind, we used our lesson-learned from the previous race and gybe set but stayed patient for the puff to come to us. We rounded the bottom mark in first with the other boats about two lengths behind. With the breeze a little more right now, we had to tack slightly shy of lay line because of the sea wall. And I mean just shy. It was one of those lines where in the puff you were making the buoy, but then a little lull would come and you were low of the mark. Then the puff would come and you were up on target again. We decided to not focus on the mark, sail fast and head up the course and hit the next small lefty and use it to get up to lay line. The plan worked out again. We rounded the top mark, once again holding off a charge from Emirates Team NZL and we took the race win.

It was a good day overall, and we are holding our lead on the leader board. Tomorrow's forecast is for a little less breeze from the opposite direction again. We are planning on starting at 2pm again, and probably doing as many races as possible to try and catch up from today.

Latest race updates and news can be found on the Extreme Sailing Series website: www.extremesailingseries.com

Sail Hard,

Anna


4D's: Dream;Desire;Dedication;Determination SM
3P's: Passion...Progression…Perfection SM

You can follow Anna on her blog www.annatunnicliffe.com

The Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series 2014, Qingdao -  © Lloyd Images   Click Here to view large photo

Alinghi - Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series 2014, Qingdao. -  © Lloyd Images   Click Here to view large photo


by Anna Tunnicliffe


  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=121756

11:03 PM Fri 2 May 2014GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
2010 Kaenon Polarized

Related News Stories:

02 May 2014  Anna Tunnicliffe: Lining up in Qingdao for the Extreme 40's Day 1
01 May 2014  Anna Tunnicliffe: Lining up in Qingdao for the Extreme 40's Act 3
15 Apr 2014  Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
17 Feb 2014  Kaenon Interviews: Pete Melvin on A-Class and new America's Cup rule
17 Feb 2014  Kaenon Interviews: With Ashby, Burling, Davies and Tuke
16 Feb 2014  Kaenon Interviews: A - Class Worlds with Ashby, Burling and Tuke
14 Feb 2014  Kaenon Interviews: A - Class Worlds with Ray Davies and Glenn Ashby
13 Feb 2014  Kaenon Interviews: A - Class Worlds with Burling, Tuke and Davies
09 Feb 2014  Kaenon Interviews: Peter Burling and Glenn Ashby on foiling
05 Feb 2014  Help Sara Winther achieve her journey to win Gold at Rio 2016
MORE STORIES ...




News - USA and the World

Kate Nota and her team onboard the J/111 Odyssey won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this summer (August 15). ... [more]  

The largest Laser World Championship in history will be taking place on the south coast of France when 515 sailors, representing 36 different countries, begin racing on October 5 to open the 2014 Audi Laser Masters’ World Championships. The Laser remains one of the best and most popular boats worldwide in which to enjoy the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

After being graced with plenty of late summer sunshine during the opening days of the event, more autumnal weather moved in on the fifth day of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam with grey skies and infrequent showers. Unfortunately though the light winds continued as the sailors endured another lay day. ... [more]  

In a move that is expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was back on the water for day two at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

It has been an interesting journey so far for the Chinese team in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team. Approximately 10 months ago this team set out on a mission to select and train Chinese recruits in the hope that they would be ‘race ready’ for the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play now – and boasts a host of exciting features which will allow users to be closer to the on-water adventure than ever before. ... [more]  

Race teams planning next season’s calendar could do worse than sign up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015 which runs from 16-24 January. This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, was re-launched in 2014 with a new race format and plenty of record-breaking opportunities. It proved such a success that an even bigger entry is expected in 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing ... [more]  

Sunset+Vine|APP, the Oxford-based unit of the multi-award winning UK independent TV sports production and media company Sunset+Vine, has helped ISAF smash all previous broadcaster records for the recent Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Don’t forget to enter the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. There are only two days left to take advantage of the discounted entry price offer. ... [more]  

2014 12 Metre North American Championships - Two days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building southwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Championships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) KZ-3 and Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory ’83 defended their titles ... [more]  

The waiting game continued on day four of the DAVIDOFF Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam as the light winds continued. Over the course of the day a few sailors took the opportunity to make the most of the small waves on offer, either surfing or SUPping. After spending the day on hold the sailors were released at 4:30pm. ... [more]  

After Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy, in 2012 and after a pained second place, same points with the Portogues 'Credite Egs' in Portosin, Spain, last year, the Italian crew coming from Puglia 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda', with Sandro Montefusco at the helm and his brother Paolo as a tactician, confirms for the third time the Platu 25 World Championship title. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for the first day of competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on site for day one of racing at the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

The final day of the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. ... [more]  

Michigan, the Great Lakes State, was a fitting location as The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) gathered for the fourth time in the organization’s history to fulfill its mission to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has published guidelines for candidates bidding to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship. Bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds must be received by Friday 24 October 2014. ... [more]  

The onboard medic-sailors competing in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race have completed their last medical training. More than a basic first aid refresher course, the mandatory medical training each Volvo Ocean Race team had to carry out in the last few months and days are key to survival while at sea. ... [more]  

Erik Simonson was on the water at 2014 Melges 20 Pacific Coast Championship to capture these images. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Light air ruled the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada—and so did Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin on Mandate. ... [more]  

The Extreme Sailing Series event in Istanbul seems to have only just finished, but already the containers are in the Ville de Nice set to gear up for this weeks penultimate regatta. Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are back onboard this week, fresh from their 49er World Championship win and looking to make it two wins from two events for Emirates Team New Zealand on the ?Extreme Sailing Series ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - In Sunday’s final matches in the Buddy Melges Challenge, Stephanie Roble and Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen showed the crowds on the bluffs of Lake Michigan how top class match racing should be sailed. It took five absolutely thrilling matches for the Danish crew to secure their first WIM Series event victory since last summer’s Danish Open. ... [more]  

America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Oracle Team USA's winning AC72 takes to the streets of San Francisco, one year on from the Team's successful Defence of the America's Cup. This week the AC72 catamaran Oracle Team USA raced to victory is going to be a special guest at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. ... [more]  

Matches between the world’s top two match racing skippers are always aggressive affairs on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). In the pre-start of the first match, Canfield stuck two penalties on Williams, leaving the British boat playing catch-up. ... [more]  

Pantaenius, the world’s leading specialist yacht insurance company, has been at the forefront of yacht insurance for more than 40 years, earning a reputation for transparency and commitment to customer service that provides round-the-clock international support and reliable, speedy claims settlement. ... [more]  

What a great day for kiting at Kite Foil Gold Cup Australia 2014! 10-15 knot North Easterly and slight seas. Kites zooming around like supersonic mosquitoes but mosquitoes buzz whereas foiling kites are completely silent! ... [more]  

At the time that we are writing this, it is almost exactly a week since the first race took place at Wakatere Boating Club in New Zealand, followed by hundreds of races across the globe that we have been told attracted record numbers of sailors to your clubs ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - It was a picturesque day on Marblehead Harbor with plenty of sunshine for the second day of the U.S. Team Racing Championship. Once again, a lack of consistent breeze made for a challenging day for the Race Committee, umpires and competitors. Nevertheless, PRO Susie Schneider and her team were able to complete Round Robin One ... [more]  

2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Saturday’s racing in the Buddy Melges Challenge on Lake Michigan, USA, saw more breeze than ever before during the week. Stephanie Roble used her local knowledge to show a clean sheet for the day, going in to Sunday’s conclusion with a one – zero lead over Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen in the final, sailed as a best of five match series. ... [more]  

2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - A balanced field and limited racing usually leads to close races and a crowded leaderboard. This was the situation on Eagle Mountain Lake for the last day at the U.S. Adult Championship, hosted by Fort Worth Boat Club. ... [more]  

2014 J/105 North American Championship - Five races are now in the books, and just three points separate the top three teams at the J/105 North American Championship hosted by Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... [more]  

Images from Cannes: Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai
Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best
Dutch Match Cup - Gilmour keeps clean sheet in Lelystad
Dutch Match Cup - GAC Pindar through to fifth consecutive semi-final
Hobie 16 Open North Americans and 2015 Pan Am Games qualifier overall
Volvo Ocean Race - Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II) *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I) *Feature
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar clinches
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Meldgaard and Le Berre ready for semis
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up   
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan   
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4   
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 2   
J/105 North Americans - Wilmer and McLaughlin master light conditions   
J/24 World Championship - Will Welles hangs on going into last day   
Open 2.4mR World Championship on the horizon   
Bart's Bash - Top photographers gain special entry   
Platu 25 Worlds - EUZ II Monella Vagabonda is still leading in France   
St. Barth Cata Cup - Olympic duel on the island   
Dutch Match Cup - High winds and big wipeouts in Lelystad   
Route du Rhum - Yann Guichard to sail Spindrift 2 solo   
Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image - Best sailing photo of the year sought   
Volvo Ocean Race - Yann Riou, getting you up close and personal   
Marseille One Design concludes GC32 racing season + Video   
World Yacht Racing Forum - Seventh edition to take place in Barcelona   
Record number of entries for the Sailing Champions League   
Platu 25 World Championship - Euz II Monella Vagabonda still leading   
Rolex Middle Sea Race Record - A possibility for Esimit Europa 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News





Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT