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June 29, 2012
Closing Quickly On The Finish Line (Team Maclaren - left boat)
Photo: GKSS 2012
The day started in the lighter range (10-20kt) in the wind, but throwing 30 degree shifts at us making the racing always exciting, and very difficult. We had four races before a short lunch break and a boat rotation. After lunch the wind increased to the 20-30kt range and racing got quite exciting (understatement), especially downwind.
Upwind she was inside of us on a left shift and gained enough distance to be able to spin her penalty just after the top mark. As she exited her penalty turn, we were one length behind her on opposite gybes, us on port, her on starboard. We both set our kites, but hers went up with a twist in it. This allowed us to close the gap and gybed to position ourselves for our move downwind. We sailed to leeward of her and held there for the whole downwind leg. Towards the bottom, as we were approaching the layline for the pin, we made it look as though we were about to gybe, and she gybed to port. We forced her to gybe back and as she did, we gybed to the finish to take the win.
We would very much like to thank our Title Sponsor, Maclaren, our Gold Level Sponsors 11th Hour Racingand 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 St Francis Sailing Foundation, CISA and SDYC Sailing Foundation, and US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider 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 to Sailing Foundation of New York, in the memo write 'Anna Tunnicliffe' and send to Sailing Foundation of New York (this one is tax deductible); or to Anna Tunnicliffe (via PayPal). (Please follow the links for more information. Thank you.)
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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.