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U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta Day 4

Tulloch and Tunnicliffe advance to Final Round

Key Biscayne, Fla. (October 29, 2011) – After a quick finish to the semi-final round this morning, two teams advanced into the final round of the 2011 U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta: Team Maclaren  -- Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) – and Team GetSailing – Genny Tulloch (Sausalito, Calif.) Alice Manard Leonard (East Haven, Conn.) and Jenn Chamberlin (Washington, D.C.). In the first-to-four-wins final round, Tunnicliffe leads with two wins over Tulloch. In the petit-final round, Sally Barkow leads Stephanie Roble with one win. Racing will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 30 on Biscayne Bay.

Tulloch and Tunnicliffe were clearly warmed up and ready to go sailing when the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Race Committee signaled the start of the finals. For Tulloch the day could have gone better.

“We had a close upwind in the first race and were leading them,” explained Tulloch.”We got a penalty and thought it could go either way. Sadly we got a second penalty in the second downwind. It was a tough call.” They followed Tunnicliffe downwind to the finish.

“In the second race we got a pumping penalty in the first downwind,” continued Tulloch. “We had really good wheels and we were fast around the race course.” The second race wasn’t meant for Tulloch. Tunnicliffe again won the race. There is still more racing to take place in the first-to-four-wins round.

To get to the final round of this event, Tunnicliffe and Tulloch had to advance from the semi-final round. Tulloch defeated up-and-coming match racers Stephanie Roble (Chicago, Ill.), Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.) and Darby Smith (Chicago, Ill.), while Tunnicliffe advanced after beating Barkow and crew Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami, Fla.) and Alana O’Reilly (Charleston, S.C.).

“We were down this morning 1-2 against Team Barkow,” said Tunnicliffe. “Sally’s team is a great team and we knew we had our hands full trying to win the next three races. We came out and focused on one race at a time.
“The first one went our way and the second race, it was quite tense. We got a penalty downwind, still ahead and in the next upwind leg and downwind we were able to spin our penalty, but we were behind because we misjudged the timing, we were able to pass downwind and get into the finals.”

Tulloch also came back from a 1-2 match deficit in the semi final match up against Stephanie Roble. She evened it up 2-2, and then went on to win the next two straight matches and advance into the finals.

“They’re great sailors,” said Tulloch of Roble’s team. “Steph is a great up and coming sailor. I’m bummed they took two race against us yesterday, but it made us fired up today. We went on the attack for sure in the pre-starts today; yesterday we might have relaxed a bit too much. It was fun to race them. We are great friends and it’s really cool to see them go forward.”

In addition to the top four teams advancing to the second, and final, event in May, this regatta is a USA qualifier for the ISAF Combined Worlds and the ISAF Sailing World Cup events. The overall order of finish decides who is eligible for the USA berth at those events.

“There’s a huge amount riding on this regatta, the World Cup events and the Worlds,” said Tunnicliffe.
For Barkow, it might mean fewer opportunities to race at the international level; depending on the number of berths the USA is offered.

“All you can do is look forward and make a plan,” explained Barkow after racing. “We’re still in it for the long haul. Right now we’re focused on the May event. That’s all we can do. We have a lot of lessons to take forward from this and a lot of work to be done.”

The awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1:30pm at host Key Biscayne Yacht Club.
As the top four skippers at this event, Tulloch, Barkow, Tunnicliffe and Roble secured berths at the second, and final, selection event for the 2012 Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, scheduled for May 4-7, 2012 in Weymouth, U.K.

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 (June 25-30 in Gothenburg, SWE).

The event page where results, recaps and photos are posted: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/2011WMRTrials.htm

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