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US Olympic Team Qualifier Day 1

Team Tulloch Goes Undefeated After First Round Robin

Key Biscayne, Fla. (October 26, 2011) – After the first day of round robin racing at the U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, Genny Tulloch’s team was the only team of the eight competing to win all of their matches.

“We feel really good about the day,” said Tulloch moments after arriving at the Key Biscayne Yacht Club dock. “We had a lot of close races, and especially two close races: one against Anna (Tunnicliffe) and one against Sally (Barkow). There were lead changes downwind, but in each we were able to draw penalties and lead after the penalties.”

Tulloch, Barkow and Tunnicliffe – all members of US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics – train full-time and it showed on the water when they matched up.
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“We had a tacking duel against both teams where we probably had 50 tacks up the beat,” said Tulloch, who sails with Jenn Chamberlin and Alice Manard Leonard. “Then we’d go into a close downwind, then a close upwind, and then downwind. They were full-on mental challenges as well as physical challenges.” (photo: Tulloch and Roble)

Tunnicliffe’s team – Team Maclaren with Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi – only dropped the one match to Tulloch and finished the day 6 wins, one loss. Sally Barkow, who sails as Team 7 Match Race with Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham and Alana O’Reilly, was defeated by Tunnicliffe’s team to end the day with 5 wins, two losses.

Biscayne Bay is ideal for match racing in the fall and today’s conditions didn’t disappoint with the wind ranging from 12-15 all day. The temperatures, however, were very hot.

“At the end of some of the races we were dying sweating and all we could think about was getting water and rehydrate and cool down,” explained Tulloch.

The original schedule showed six flights of the first round robin; however the Key Biscayne Yacht Club’s Race Committee opted to run all 10 flights to complete the round robin. Event chairman Ron Drucker explained the decision. “We’re really concerned with the weather and the chance of the approaching hurricane changing our plans for us. We fully intend to go out and watch the weather as we go forward. We followed the safe course and completed the first round robin to complete the series.”

Provisional Round Robin 1 results:

1. Genny Tulloch 7–0
2. Anna Tunnicliffe 6–1
3. Sally Barkow 5–2
4. Stephanie Roble 4–3
5. Becca Dellenbaugh 3–4
6. Maegan Ruhlman 2–5
7. Kaity Storck 1–6
8. Sandy Hayes 0–7

Racing continues daily through Sunday, Oct. 30. For daily recaps, results and photos, please visit http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011WMRTrials.htm

About the 2011 US Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta – Women’s Match Racing
Organized by US SAILING, the national governing body for the sport, the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) and Key Biscayne Yacht Club, the ISAF Grade 3 event is scheduled for Oct. 26-30, and will determine the top four teams who will advance to the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team berth in Women’s Match Racing. The winning team will qualify for the USA berth at the following events: ISAF Combined World Championships (Dec. 3-17, 2011 in Perth, AUS); US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR (Jan. 23-28, 2012 in Miami, Fla.); Princess Sofia Regatta (March 31-April 6, 2012 in Palma, ESP); French Sailing Week (April 20-27, 2012 in Hyeres, FRA); and the 2012 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship (TBD).
The event page where results, recaps and photos are posted: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011WMRTrials.htm

About US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
The US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics is managed by the United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for the sport of sailing and sailboat racing. The top athletes 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 Watch USA, Atlantis WeatherGear, Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Harken Team McLube, Trinity Yachts, New England Ropes, Group Experiential Learning and Bow Down Training. http://sailingteams.ussailing.org.

About US SAILING
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. 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, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

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Contact: Dana Paxton, US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, danapaxton@ussailing.org; onsite in Miami 401-369-0490