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
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
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