Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Miami Invitational lead to Team Tunnicliffe

by Team Tunnicliffe on 20 Feb 2011

Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the Miami Invitational Match Race on the Team's day 1.

After 10 hours of sailing, 12 flights were sailed at the 2011 Chicago Match Race Center Winter Invitational Match Race; co-hosted by CMRC and Sail Sheboygan here in Miami. Our team had a great day and finished the day with a 9-2 record (we had a bye in one flight).


There are nine teams total sailing; four women's teams and five open teams. This grade three event, sailed in Elliott 6m has been put together early in the year and is an opportunity for open teams to sail the Elliott 6m and for the women's teams to race open teams in the boats in which we will be competing in the Games.

We had some great races today against all of the teams. It was great to sail against teams other than the usual ones because different teams bring different tendencies and tactics which help to keep us on our game all day long. It was an extremely long day with us leaving the moorings just after 8am and then finally getting back to them at 6pm. The wind was great. We started our first race in about 5kts, and sailed in everything up to 14kts and shifty breeze.

Our two closest races were against Taylor Canfield (US Virgin Islands). In the first race, he got a penalty in the pre-start. Up the first leg he managed to hold us off, to round the top mark just ahead of us. Downwind, we caught up to him and stayed close enough all the way back up to the windward mark and so not giving him an opportunity to spin. This meant that he had to do it downwind on the way to the finish. Around the top mark, we both set our spinnakers, raced 'normally' for most of the leg, but then started to deliberately slow towards the bottom as he tried to draw us in close to him so he could counter his penalty with one against us. We were able to position ourselves well enough that we could jump him and cross the line ahead before he had a chance to spin his penalty and finish.

The second time we sailed against him, we had a good start but the first shift was a big right hand shift and we were on the left, so we were behind for the first leg again. On the downwind leg, we were able to sail fast and smart and closed up all the distance between us, so we were now back in the race. On the second upwind, we stayed close, but we weren't quite able to pass him. But we were able to put us in a position to attack downwind. Both boats sailed half the leg on port gybe and then gybed deep. We were able to put him in our wind shadow which meant that right at the finish we were able to crush his wind and spinnaker and roll over him to take the win.

Tomorrow is the second and last day of the event. We have five more flights left to race in the second round robin. The top four teams then advance to the gold round robin; the results from the previous two round robins carry over and the winner will be determined by combinding all the scores. You can follow along with live updates on the event website http://chicagomatchrace.com and their Twitter page.

Sail Hard

Anna

We would like to thank Carmeuse and Trinity Yachts for their continued support of our women's match racing campaign for the 2012 Olympics in London. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their support. Also, thank you to our private donors. Please remember that any and all donations/contributions to our campaign should be made payable directly to The Sailing Foundation of New York (tax deductible) memo'd Anna Tunnicliffe, or to Anna Tunnicliffe
Southern Spars - 100Bakewell-White Yacht DesignNaiad

Related Articles

Oman Air stay top of Extreme Sailing Series table with podium place
Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six and shifted focus to the next Act. Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six in Madeira and immediately shifted their focus to the next Act in Lisbon, Portugal, in two weeks.
Posted today at 7:00 pm
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted today at 6:03 pm
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted today at 6:03 pm
Norauto foils to victory at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
Racing in a light wind Minoprio’s desire to win the leeward position on the start line put Norauto in front in all races Racing in a light westerly Levante wind, Adam Minoprio’s desire to win the leeward position on the start line put Norauto in front in all three races, and he went on to win two of them.
Posted today at 5:58 pm
Team Tilt finish second at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
Team Tilt added a second place to scoreboard this weekend at the penultimate event of what has been a successful season The seven crew members on board the 32-foot flying catamaran posted three outright wins from 15 races to finish second overall after Adam Minoprio on Norauto. Team Engie, skippered by Sebastien Rogues finished in third place.
Posted today at 4:47 pm
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - Images from Régates Royales
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales with classic yachts and Dragons. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the penultimate day of the regatta.
Posted today at 11:12 am
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - More images from Régates Royales
Second gallery from the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at Cannes The 38th Régates Royales, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this second gallery of images from the penultimate day.
Posted today at 10:56 am
World Sailing - Henderson sets out foundations of his President bid
Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing address Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing addressed by sailors with their input both individually and via their International Class Associations. Henderson sets out below what he believes will be the foundations of his next Presidency.
Posted today at 10:55 am
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted today at 10:35 am
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted today at 10:35 am