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December 15, 2011
Team Maclaren have qualified for the World Championship Finals after winning the semi-finals series over Team Skudina, RUS, 3-1 in some very intense races.
Team Maclaren USA Reaching In Ahead of Team Skudina RUS
Photo: copyright Richard Langdon/OeanImages 2011
We were again sailing outside of the river and on the center course. The breeze was very shifty and patchy, much like the river, but we were able to sail a full length course so races were close all around the track.
We started the series by going up 2-0, the second win being by just a few inches. The next race was close until the second beat. We were entitled to room on them at the mark, but I thought there wasn't enough room for us to go between her and the mark, so to be safe, we went behind her and challenged the manoeuvre. The umpires thought there had been sufficient room given, so the flag was green. The second beat was very right shifted and turned into a one track race course and she took the win.
In the fourth and as it turned out, our final race, we got off the line in a strong position. We held her out to the left side of the race course and led her into the top mark. Downwind, she surfed a puff/wave into leeward of us. She didn't have luffing rights so she tried to double-gybe to gain the right to pin us past the mark. As she gybed to port, however, we matched the gybe, and she gybed back too close to us and her kite smothered our sidestays and mast. She got a penalty for contact and then the umpires gave her a red penalty because they judged her as having gained an advantage by her illegal manoeuvre - she rounded the mark ahead of us. (Red flag penalty - team has to spin immediately.) As she completed her penalty, she was just up on our hip heading to the right, which actually was quite a good place to be. She was very fast and got her own small winds to close the gap on us. We sailed out to layline, and were able to round the top mark ahead by one or two lengths. Downwind, we led the gybe and got the left shift that took us into the finishline ahead and so giving us the win and the series. (RUS left/USA right Closing The Shore And Leeward Mark : Photo: copyright Richard Langdon/OceanImages 2011)
You can check on the regatta website for results and a live blog: Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships (http://www.perth2011.com/) (FYI: Perth/Freemantle is 13hr ahead of EST in the States or UTC+8hr) Also, if you happen to be awake, ESPN3 is saying it will be streaming the racing live, starting at 12:45am Friday, 16 December. It's only accessible if you are online in the USA. The link is www.watchespn.com
We would very much like to thank our Title Sponsor, Maclaren, our Gold Level Sponsors 11th Hour Racing and Laser Performance, and our Bronze Level Sponsors Carmeuse, Trinity Yachts, Chicago Match Race Center and Sperry Top-Siderfor their continued support of our campaign for the 2012 Olympic Games. We would also like to thank US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and its sponsors for their continued 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 either The Sailing Foundation of New York (tax deductible) memo'd Anna Tunnicliffe, or to Anna Tunnicliffe.
(At The Press Conference After Racing: Left: Lucy Macgregor, Claire Leroy, Ekaterina Skudina, Anna Tunnicliffe/Right: Team Maclaren - Molly, Debbie, Anna. Photos: copyright Dana Paxton/US Sailing)
And as usual, don't forget, email us your questions and comments. We love getting them and sharing our love of sailing and women's match racing.
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Representing the USA, Anna Tunnicliffe won the Gold Medal in the Women's Laser Radial dinghy at the 2008 Olympic Games in Qingdao, China. Anna was the ISAF world's Number One-ranked women's Radial sailor from April 9, 2008 to May 2010. She was voted 2009 & 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year. Now Anna, skipper of Team Maclaren, has teamed up with Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi to take on the world and go for Gold in 2012 London Olympic Games in Women's Match Racing and the team is currently ranked #1 in the ISAF WMR rankings.