Please select your home edition
Edition
InSunSport - International - RG

ISAF Sailing World Championships - US Match Race girls take gold

by Perth 2011 on 16 Dec 2011
World Match Racing final - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011 Perth 2011 ©
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Women’s Match Racing final was held in front of a packed grandstand at Fremantle’s Inner Harbour today, Friday 16th December 2011.

The US’s Anna Tunnicliffe has taken the Women’s Match Racing gold medal in the final against Great Britain’s Lucy Macgregor.

'It’s amazing, we’ve put a lot of effort into this year and had a lot of big events we had to get through and this has really topped off all our hard training,' Tunnicliffe said.

'The team sailed really well, it was tricky conditions, conditions that we actually thought we were weakest in so we’re psyched we came out on top.'

Tunnicliffe secured the gold with four straight wins on Day 14 of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, despite some very tight sailing from Macgregor who was beset by penalties through the afternoon.

'It was so close, neither team could give up. Everyone was pushing it to the limit,' Tunnicliffe said. 'In the last race it was an inch or two to the finish line, that pretty much summed up the racing.'

'We made some monumental mistakes in getting penalties,' said silver medallist Lucy Macgregor.

It was a game of cat and mouse between the two contending world champions, and at one point they were close enough to touch each other as they rounded the windward mark, drawing gasps from the crowd.

'It was close all around and Lucy is a great competitor, her team is awesome and we just had so much fun sailing against them,' Tunnicliffe said.

'It was incredibly hard, but a ton of fun,' the US’s Molly Vandemoer said. 'It was never over till the very, very end.'

'It’s been frustrating,' Great Britain’s Annie Lush said. 'It’s been a great two weeks, but a very hard two weeks.'

France’s Claire Leroy took out the bronze medal in the petite final against Russia’s Ekaterina Skudina.

After being even on one match apiece and with a number of lead changes between the French and the Russians, Leroy won the next two matches to take the bronze.

Despite some hard fought sailing from Skudina, Leroy never thought she would lose third place.

'We were not worried. We were ready to fight and we just took it match after match,' Leroy said. 'We knew at this level all the girls are really, really good so we did what we had to do.'

A good sea breeze blowing up the middle of the harbour made for great sailing conditions and ensured the action was close at hand for the Perth 2011 website
Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Naiad

Related Articles

Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge - the retrospective -Part III
In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan’s nick name is George and why Tom is so fast Interview with Nathan Outteridge and Tom Slingsby. In Part III, the Question and Answer session, we will discover why Nathan’s nick name is George and why Tom is so fast at post capsize recovery.
Posted on 9 Nov 2015
Blast from the past, do you remember this? Great Video!!
One particular race in the 2012 London Olympic Laser Radial regatta in Weymouth was one of most watched sailing events One particular race in the 2012 London Olympic Laser Radial regatta in Weymouth was one of the most watched sailing events of 2012. Watch it again to remember exactly why.
Posted on 8 Nov 2015
Lijia Xu ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 - THAT Speech
Lijia Xu (CHN) was crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 at an awards night in Dublin, Ireland: Lijia Xu (CHN) was crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2012 at an awards night in Dublin, Ireland. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. The acceptance speech from the China sailor was one of the most eloquent ever heard. If you have not heard it, you can catch it now.
Posted on 3 Nov 2013
Mat Belcher – 17 in a row - 'The harder I work, the luckier I get'
The harder I work the luckier I get, is a quotation attributed variously to Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain The harder I work the luckier I get, is a quotation attributed variously to Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain but perhaps of Amish origin, but regardless the sentiment is well understood. And it’s something that one of Australia´s most successful Olympic class regatta sailors and his coach understands very well.
Posted on 20 Aug 2013
Ainslie- Close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death
I came close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death, says Sir Ben Ainslie. British sailing great, Sir Ben Ainslie writes in The Daily Telegraph on after the funeral service for his close friend, Andrew Simpson, killed in San Francisco as a result of an AC72 break up, during a training session.
Posted on 3 Jun 2013
A Tribute to Bart
This video pays tribute to Andrew Simpson's many sailing achievements, His Service is to held on May 31, in England Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died in the capsize of the Artemis Racing AC72 on May 9, 2013. His service will be held on Friday May 31 in Sherborne Abbey, UK, followed by a celebration of his life at Sherborne Castle. This video pays tribute to Bart's many sailing achievements
Posted on 31 May 2013
Ainslie knighted in New Year Honours, five others recognised
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie has been Knighted in the New Year Honours list. British sailor and four-time Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainslie has capped a triumphant year of sailing with a Knighthood in the New Year Honours list. British Sailing has more cause for celebration, with honours also going to Paralympic gold medallist Helena Lucas, and to Ainslie’s coach David Howlett, who were both named as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Posted on 29 Dec 2012
2012 Paralympic Games a winner in global TV ratings
The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a TV ratings winner with pictures shown in more countries than ever before. The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a TV ratings winner with pictures shown in more countries than ever before and attracted their biggest ever international audience according to new figures published by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Posted on 28 Nov 2012
London Paralympic Games debrief to start in Rio
Paralympic Games committee will share their knowledge and experiences of London 2012 with future organising committees. The organising committee of what International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven defined as the best ever Paralympic Games, will share their knowledge and experiences of London 2012 with future organising committees and the 2020 candidate cities this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Posted on 21 Nov 2012
2012 Olympics- The Medalists thoughts on Kites and Windsurfers
The new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding At the Medal Winners Media Conference held after the Medal Ceremony for the Mens and Womens Windsurfing Event at the 2012 Olympics, the new Olympic Medalists were asked their thoughts on the decision to change the event from Windsurfing to Kiteboarding the 2016 Olympics.
Posted on 2 Nov 2012