USA at Skandia Sail for Gold


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For years, the sailing world has looked to Anna Tunnicliffe, 27, as one of the leading lights in American sailing. Not female American sailing, mind you, but American sailing. And with good reason: few American sailors have proved as dominant on racecourses the world over recently than Tunnicliffe, who won a Gold medal in the Laser Radial class in the 2008 Olympics, held in Qingdao, China. This performance not only made her a household name (she was already a known—and much feared—element in college sailing and in the Laser Radial class), but it also earned her the proud title of US SAILING's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year (2008) and a shinny new Rolex.

The future of American Laser Radial sailing looked locked-up, at least from the outside. Peer a bit deeper into this talent-rich class, however, and American Paige Railey, 23, quickly emerges as another top player. While this friendly rivalry has no doubt pushed both Tunnicliffe and Railey to greater heights, it also created a problem: two of the country's best sailors both compete in this one class...with its one Olympic berth.

Flash forward a year and Tunnicliffe has now become a serious player in the world of Women's Match Racing (also an Olympic event). Perhaps the term 'serious player' an understatement, as Team Tunnicliffe (Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Cappozi) has been earning podium-place finishes virtually everywhere they go. A quick look at the 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, in Weymouth, England, reveals that Team Tunnicliffe finished up day one 3-0, and day two also at 3-0 and Team Tunnicliffe has now advanced to the Gold Round after Day 3

Team Tunnicliffe - Skandia Sail for Gold 2010  Ingrid Abery © Copyright

Look for a strong performance from Team Tunnicliffe, as well as the rest of US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics during the rest of this year's Skandia Sail for Gold regatta.

Oh yeah, Tunnicliffe also managed to finish in seventh place at the 2010 Laser Radial Worlds (she is currently competing in both classes), a third place at the 2010 Kiel Week (also sailing with Vandemoer and Cappozi) in Women's Match Racing, and, in 2009, a second-place finish at the Snipe Worlds.

Talk about a busy and successful sailing schedule! And that's not even to mention Tunnicliffe's cross-training program, and that another story in itself.

Also, be sure to click on Pierrick Contin's eye-popping image gallery from this year's Melges 24 Worlds, which are currently being fought out in Tallinn, Estonia. Here, Lorenzo Bressani's UKA UKA Racing, with American Jonathan McKee calling tactics, continues to extend their lead over the fleet.

Fair winds and following seas,

David Schmidt Sail-World USA Editor

Skandia Sail for Gold - High fliers roped back into pack
Lucy Harwood,
At the top end the high-fliers from the first three days were roped up and hauled back into the pack – the leaderboard has got tighter almost everywhere.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Critical day for those with aspirations
Justin Chisholm,
With three races scheduled happily the weather gods smiled on Tallinn today, providing eight to twelve knot breezes. the penultimate day of the Championship... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold images from Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
These Skandia Sail for Gold images are presented by photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Team Tunnicliffe's winning streak
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Team Tunnicliffe reports from the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth. Our final race tomorrow is against GBR's Lucy MacGregor and team who are also 6-0 at this point in the round. Today was a lot of waiting for the breeze and the wind to sort itself out. Group B were the first ones out.... [more]
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Forrest Wood Cup 2010 - Hawk circles back for storybook ending
Brett Carlson,
Forrest Wood Cup competitor Kevin Hawk qualified for the Cup back in October 2009, he knew at that moment he wanted to become a full-time professional bass fisherman. With the economy lagging and sponsorships scarce, he picked up his bags and moved from Ramona, Calif., to Buford, Ga.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Capsizes and burning rain -Welcome to Weymouth
Campbell Sailing,
Skandia Sail for Gold, update from Campbell Sailing: We've been here nearly a week and Weymouth hasn't fully come up to its reputation until today. There's been sunshine and moderate air with little current.... [more]
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PredictWind: Lighter winds for Day 3 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell, is forecasting a lighter breezes for the third day of racing on the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind they will enjoy much lighter winds than yesterday's breezes of up to 25 kts. The direction will generally be parallel with the coast, or maybe offshore.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Esimit Europa 2 heading for Malta,
At 606-nautical-miles the Rolex Middle Sea Race is a major test in anyone's programme and once again, the 31st edition is attracting the usual mix of professional and Corinthian adventurers. At present 25 yachts have committed themselves to the challenge.... [more]
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SailTV: Skandia Sail For Gold
Live and replay coverage of the Skandia Sail For Gold being sailed off Weymouth, England. This event is our first look at the venue and form for the 2012 Olympic venue and competitors. Live and replay coverage of the World Match Race tour, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays. Have a look at the new VirtualEye Interactive - run your own replays... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans – Poland's top ocean racer acquires Eco 60
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans update: Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski has moved one step closer to his goal of becoming the first Polish person to race solo around the world after getting his hands on a high-tech Eco 60 yacht for the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Alacati - Consistency pays on day two
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
On the second day of racing in Alacati the PWA's fastest were greeted with wall-to-wall sunshine and a gentle breeze. Luckily the wind swiftly strengthened throughout the morning allowing the competition to commence in glamorous conditions by midday.... [more]
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Women On Water Regatta expecting 200 competitors
Bruce Babiarz,
Some 200 women sailors from around the country will race sailboats in the seventh annual 'Women on Water' regatta and clinic, sponsored by the historic Bayview Yacht Club from August 13-15, 2010 in the Detroit River, it was announced today.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - Leader dominates
Robert Deaves,
The great British weather arrived for day two of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth with wind building from almost nothing in the morning to wet and very windy conditions in the afternoon. After one race the fleet was sent ashore in heavy seas, driving rain and winds around 25 knots. Once ashore racing was cancelled for the Finns.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold: Vive la France!
Into the Blue media,
It was forecast to be big Tuesday, at the Skandia Sail For Gold regatta, a couple of days ago – Doug Charko, the USA Team AlphaGraphics weather man told us on Sunday it would be 15-20 knots and gusting 25 - and so it was, with 49ers, Stars and Finns all sent back to the harbor early, and the SKUD-18's not racing at all. Unfortunately for Doug, when the fleet was greeted with a flat calm this morni... [more]
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Rolex Commodores' Cup – 2010 team line-up complete!
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Commodores' Cup commences on Sunday, 15 August, with the first race scheduled for 10:30am and, as one would expect, there has been no shortage of activity since close of challenges for the 10th biennial edition.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship images from Pierrick Contin
Pierrick Contin images,
Pierrick Contin images from day three of the Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010... [more]
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PredictWind: Mixed bag of breeze for Day 2 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell, is forecasting a mixed bag of breezes for the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind the competitors will experience a mix of breezes today with the winds being light for the morning and then changing direction as the strong sea breeze comes in for the afternoon.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week – Changes afoot
Alison Sly-Adams,
Antigua Sailing week has been confirmed as 24th to 29th April 2011 and one look at your calendar will tell you two things about the event.... [more]
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North American Challenge Cup 2010 - Three days of competitive racing
Christie Denson,
North American Challenge Cup 2010 - Following three days of competitive racing, the 2010 North American Challenge Cup winners have been announced. Disabled athletes from around the hemisphere competed in Chicago this weekend at the Chicago Yacht Club's 18th annual regatta for disabled sailors held August 6th - August 9th.... [more]
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Team Tunnicliffe Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Team Tinnicliffe reports from the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. We started racing bright and early this morning at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta here in Weymouth. Our group, group A, headed out to the race course around 9am for their three races for the day.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Finn Focus in Weymouth day one
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - A first and a second for Jonathan Lobert (FRA) in the Finn fleet on day one in Weymouth gives him a clear lead over team mate Thomas Le Breton (FRA) in second and European Champion Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) in third, after most of the fleet had a very mixed day.... [more]
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America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - Sailing's 'Royalty' reunite
Jan Harley,
America's Cup 12 Metre Era Reunion - The members of sailing's royal court include any veteran of the storied 12 Metre era racing that stretched from 1958 to 1987. With 80 teams competing as contenders or defenders, there is a cadre of sailors whose involvement in the Cup – as skipper, crew, afterguard, designer, builder, syndicate member, race manager or press – has earned them admittance.... [more]
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Techno 293 U.S. National Championships Record turnout
Nevin Sayre,
The Techno 293 U.S. National Championship crowned new champions after three days of ideal conditions at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club. Thirty-four competitors traveled from as far as Mexico, USVI, Canada, California, and Florida to compete in Under 19, U17, U15, and U13 age groups. Video from the first day of competition can be seen here: [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - The return of the king?
Lucy Harwood,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - It cannot have been an easy decision for the triple Olympic gold medalist, Ben Ainslie, to return to the Finn class. Ainslie completely dominated the Finn, unbeaten between 2004 and 2008, winning gold medals at both the bookending Olympic regattas. Ainslie was the man who put the bite into Dennis Connor's book title, ‘No Excuse to Lose'.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Ainslie happy with opening of his comeback
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - British sailing legend Ben Ainslie blew the cobwebs off his Finn dinghy on the opening day at Weymouth and Portland on Monday (9 August) where he's competing in the Olympic Class for the first time since clinching Beijing gold two years ago.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Grip tightens on top spot
Fiona Brown/Justin Chisholm,
Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010, day three had relief all round when the Baltic waters off Tallin, Estonia finally delivered wind conditions worthy of this World Championship. Breezes quickly built from eight knots this morning up to eighteen knots at times this afternoon, enabling the seventy-nine-boat fleet to complete three exciting races.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Alacati, Turkey 2010 – Two bullets and an early leader
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 - Buzianis scores two bullets to take a convincing early event lead, whilst Arrighetti reminds Jaggi that the tour's far from over!... [more]
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PredictWind: Good breeze for opening of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell, is forecasting a healthy seabreeze for the opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue.... [more]
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Lewmar's new Evo Winch range - the latest and greatest winch!! - Video
Lewmar's New Evo Winch Range,
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Moth European Championships 2010 preview
Sandra Mudronja,
Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships - The Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships will start in 10 days on Silvaplana Lake, in the Swiss Alps near St-Moritz.... [more]
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USSDT Gear Up for Sail for Gold at Venue of 2012 Games
Sail for Gold at Venue of 2012 Games,
Almost 50 members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) have descended on Weymouth/Portland, England for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the final stop on the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta - Team Tunicliffe ready to go
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta - Tomorrow, we, Team Tunnicliffe, will begin racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth UK, the final leg of the ISAF World Cup.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Culmination of ISAF Sailing World Cup
Lucy Harwood,
Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is a few hours away, titles will be won and lost on the waters of Weymouth and Portland. Can Skandia Team GBR defend their title?... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2010 day 2 - No Blow No Go
Fiona Brown,
Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Despite the best efforts of a determined Race Committee, an almost total absence of any meaningful wind meant that no racing was possible today in Tallinn, Estonia. Italy's Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing leads the Championship by four points from the Norwegian Corinthian Oyvind Peder Jahre on Storm Capital Sail Racing Team.... [more]
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