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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Member Anna Tunnicliffe Wins Bronze at Laser Radial World Championship
Portsmouth, R.I. (August 2, 2009) – US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) member Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) wrestled a week of wind and waves to win a bronze medal at the 2009 Laser Radial World Championship in Karatsu, Japan. In typical Tunnicliffe fashion, the ISAF Sailing World Cup leader sailed a consistently strong regatta, scoring in the top five in eight out of 12 races. The battle for silver and bronze came down to the last race: Tunnicliffe and France’s Sophie de Turckheim scored fourth and third, respectively, which resulted in de Turckheim securing the silver medal. Finland’s Sari Multala won the regatta and was named the 2009 world champion.
“My goal coming into the Worlds was to finish in the top three, and I did,” said Tunnicliffe. “I was in the top three from beginning to end, and I am very happy that I performed to this level. On top of that, it was much windier than I was expecting, so to still do well in the breeze felt very good.”
Sailing conditions of 15-18 knot NNE winds, choppy seas and increasing waves resulted in very physical racing, and Tunnicliffe’s top fitness level worked in her favor. “Port tack was a relatively flat tack to sail on, but you had to hike hard to keep your lane out to the right corner,” she explained. “Starboard tack into the mark, however, was into the waves and meant that you had to torque very hard on every wave to stay up to speed. With the small chop on top of the swell that we had, it was a great workout!”
Unfortunately many Team USA sailors fell ill during the regatta, including USSTAG member Paige Railey who suffered from a stomach bug and bronchitis. US Sailing Team – Under 23 members Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Claire Dennis (Saratoga, Calif.), finished 16th in the gold fleet and second in the silver fleet, respectively. Other Americans who competed were Catherine Chimney, Anne Haeger, Margaret Love and Erika Reineke.
For complete results of the Laser Radial World Championship, as well as daily news reports and photos, please visit the event website at http://www.karatsu-sports.jp/yacht/english.html .
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.