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Anna Tunnicliffe Named 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee

Portsmouth, R.I. (September 28, 2009) – The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has named US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics’ (USSTAG) Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) a nominee for the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, the most prestigious recognition in the sport of sailing. Tunnicliffe was chosen based on her outstanding achievement during the qualifying period of September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009. Tunnicliffe has shown the depth and breadth of her talent by excelling in a variety of boats and multiple disciplines this year. This is the second consecutive year Tunnicliffe has made the shortlist of nominees.

“I’m so excited to be on this list with all these amazing sailors,” said Tunnicliffe. “It is such an honor.”

“She is a sportswoman of the highest order,” said Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn). “She is a world-class ambassador for sailing and well-respected by everyone she races with and against.”

Since winning an Olympic Gold Medal in the Laser Radial in August, 2008, Tunnicliffe has been a dominant force on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit by winning gold medals at Sail Melbourne, US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR and Semaine Olympique Francaise and a bronze medal at Kieler Woche. She has led the ISAF World Rankings in the Laser Radial consistently since April 9, 2008, and she won the first-ever ISAF Sailing World Cup trophy in the Radial at the culmination of the inaugural Sailing World Cup series two weeks ago in Weymouth, England. She also won the Laser Radial North American Championship and finished third at the Laser Radial World Championship this summer.

Tunnicliffe has also proven to be a talented match racer, winning gold medals at both the US Women’s Match Racing Championship and the North American and Caribbean Nations Cup Regional Finals, qualifying her to compete at the ISAF Nations Cup Final, where she won bronze. At Sail for Gold, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup event of the 2008-2009 series, she also won a bronze medal in the new Elliott 6m, the equipment chosen for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta.

“What makes Anna’s results over the last year so impressive is that she has remained at the top of the Laser Radial game while also showing that she is a highly competitive match racer,” said Brenner. “This nomination confirms that Anna is one of the top sailors in our sport."

Tunnicliffe joins an exceptional list of female nominees from all disciplines of the sport, including Great Britain’s Sam Davies, who competed in the Vendee Globe round-the-world race, Hilary Lister, the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain, and Spain’s Blanca Machon, who won the ISAF Sailing World Cup Trophy in the RS:X. The 130 ISAF Member National Authorities will vote for one male and one female sailor who they believe merit the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner on Tuesday, November 10, in Busan, Korea, the host city for the ISAF Annual Conference. They will be presented with the marble and silver trophy depicting the globe, crowned with five silver spinnakers representing the continents, as well as a personalized Rolex timepiece. For more information on the award and bios of male and female nominees, please visit the ISAF web site: http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/news/29898.php 

Previous winners of this prestigious award include fellow Laser Radial sailor and USSTAG teammate Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) in 2007.

About the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top three boats in each Olympic and Paralympic class are selected annually to be members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. US SAILING supports these elite athletes with funding, coaching and training. The title sponsor of the team is AlphaGraphics; other sponsors include Rolex, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken, Team McLube, Bow Down Training, and New England Ropes. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country. For more information about US SAILING, please visit: www.ussailing.org. For more information about the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, please visit: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.  

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