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Hannah SWETT, Joan TOUCHETTE & Melissa PURDY (USA)

Hannah SWETT, Joan TOUCHETTE & Melissa PURDY (USA)Hannah, Joan and Melissa have enjoyed an outstanding year in the Yngling class, culminating in taking the ISAF World Championship title in Cadiz in September, going one place better than their result at the Open World Championship in July 2003.

The team have been consistently at the head of the fleet in the other events they have contested on the ISAF Graded Women's circuit and at Open events, with top two places in all but four of the events. They achieved their highest placing on the ISAF World Rankings in July 2003, when they hit the number three spot, and currently place fifth in the world.

The Achievements of Hannah Swett, Joan Touchette & Melissa Purdy


2nd - Fall Equniox Regatta (Open), September 2002 - Ungraded
1st - Acors Thompson Regatta, October 2002 - Ungraded
1st - Rolex American Yacht Club Regatta, October 2002 - Ungraded
5th - Ocean Regatta, January 2003 - Grade 2
8th - Rolex Miami OCR, February 2003 - Grade 1
1st - USA Olympic Pre-Trials Regatta, February 2003 - Grade 2
10th - SPA Regatta, May 2003 - Grade 1
1st - Scandinavian Race Week, June 2003 - Grade 3
1st - Danish National Championship, June 2003 - Ungraded
2nd - Kieler Woche, June 2003 - Grade 1
2nd - Yngling Open World Championship, July 2003 - Ungraded
5th - Warnemunder Woche, July 2003 - Grade 2
2nd - Athens Regatta, August 2003 - Ungraded
1st - 2003 ISAF World Championship - Europe, September 2003 - Grade W

ISAF World Sailing Ranking - Keelboat Women - Yngling (1 October 2003) = 5

Name Hannah SWETT Joan TOUCHETTE MELISSA PURDY
Date of Birth 25339 25630 25417
Place of Birth New York, USA Washington DC, USA California, USA
Profession Real Estate/Sailor Retail Sales/Sailor Pizza Maker
ISAF Sailor ID USAHS2

Age started sailing 6 3 10
First boat sailed Blue Jay O'Day day sailor with my parents Gladiator
Age started racing 10 13 12
First boat raced Blue Jay Laser El Toro
What inspired you to take up sailing? My family inspired me to sail Since my parents had a boat and spent every weekend in the summer on it…I did too. When I was older I realised it was a lot of fun! Boys
How did you buy your first boat? My brother and sister gave me my first 420 My parents bought me a Laser. I had the boat for 11 yeas. I sold it when I was in San Diego sailing the cup in 1995 Family Boat
Which was your first sailing club? Conanicut Yacht Club, Jamestown, RI Severn Sailing Association San Francisco Yacht Club
First Event competed in and Year Narragansett Bay Jr Race Week in 1979 Weekend Junior Racing in Lasers in 1983 SFYC El Toro Regatta in 1981
First Event won and Year NBYA Jr Race Week Fishing Bay Junior Division in Lasers in 1985 Bill Black Award in 1982
Principle achievements Collegiate National Champion Rebuilding a junior program at Connanacut Yacht Club. 1st 2003 Yngling World Championship
Principle achievements Collegiate All-American The America's Cup in 1995 and 2000 2nd Athens Pre-Olympics
Principle achievements Rolex Women's Keelboat World Champion Sailing six legs of the 97-98 Whitbread 2nd Yngling Open World Championship
Principle achievements America's Cup 1995-The Women's Team

Principle achievements Yngling World Champion 2003

Principle achievements Silver Medal pre-Olympics 2002 & 2003

Principle achievements Silver Medal Yngling Open World Championship 2003

Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Being chosen for the All Women's America's Cup team was a highlight. I was one of only three women to sail every race. Beating Olympic and World Champions to win the Yngling World Championship is another highlight. Winning the opening race of the 95 Cup Challenger Series against Stars and Stripes, sailing on EF Education under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Leg 6 of the Whitbread and winning the ISAF World Championship this year with Hannah and Melissa. 1991 ICYRA (college) Women's National Champions, Brown University
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Being chosen for the All Women's America's Cup team was a highlight. I was one of only three women to sail every race. Beating Olympic and World Champions to win the Yngling World Championship is another highlight. Winning the opening race of the 95 Cup Challenger Series against Stars and Stripes, sailing on EF Education under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Leg 6 of the Whitbread and winning the ISAF World Championship this year with Hannah and Melissa. 1990/1991 College Women's All-American
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Being chosen for the All Women's America's Cup team was a highlight. I was one of only three women to sail every race. Beating Olympic and World Champions to win the Yngling World Championship is another highlight. Winning the opening race of the 95 Cup Challenger Series against Stars and Stripes, sailing on EF Education under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Leg 6 of the Whitbread and winning the ISAF World Championship this year with Hannah and Melissa. 1995 America 3 Women's Team, Louis Vuitton Cup 2nd, mainsheet trimmer
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Being chosen for the All Women's America's Cup team was a highlight. I was one of only three women to sail every race. Beating Olympic and World Champions to win the Yngling World Championship is another highlight. Winning the opening race of the 95 Cup Challenger Series against Stars and Stripes, sailing on EF Education under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Leg 6 of the Whitbread and winning the ISAF World Championship this year with Hannah and Melissa. 2001 Volvo Ocean Race, trimmer/tactician Legs 1, 3, 5, 6
What are your future sailing aspirations? Gold Medal Athens 2004 Next year our goal is to first win the US Olympic trials and then go on to the Olympics. Beyond that I have not really thought it out. If the right Volvo campaign came up I might think about that again. To win a medal at the Athens Olympic Regatta
Briefly state what sailing means to you A challenging and intellectual way to be competitive. Sailing is all consuming. At different times it has meant different things. There have been times when it has been work, and other times when it is joy in its purest form and it changes from minute to minute. Friendship, adventure, travel
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? Brad Dellenbaugh, Brown University Sailing Coach had the greatest impact on my sailing. Brad recruited such incredible talent to my freshman class that in order to succeed I must be more disciplined about my approach to sailing. My mother, Jennie. She loved sailing, just to be outside and enjoying being on the water. Unfortunately she passed away before my sailing really took off, but I am sure she would be proud of me. Coaches - keep you focussed on improving and performing well.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? My family as a whole is my hero. Britton Chance, my grandfather earned a Gold Medal in Helsinki. Jan O'mally my Aunt is a multiple Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Eleanor Chance Burgess, my Mom is a New York Yacht Club Champion. Sir Peter Blake I raced in the 2.4 Meter class, and I was impressed by the disabled sailors competing in the hundred boat fleet.
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Ice hockey, skiing and tennis Mountain biking when I have time! Skiing, mountain biking and wake-boarding
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? There are many good sailors in the world. The best are the ones that combine excellence in big boats, small boats and are at the top match racing. Olin Stephens. As a sailor and a designer he has had an amazing impact on all parts of sailing Steven Callahan - he spent 76 days lost at sea alone drifting 1800 miles on an inflatable life-raft
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you Our hard work and hours of sailing have paid off and are being recognised by the sailing community. To be nominated is overwhelming. I see us as good sailors working hard to achieve a goal. Wow - what an honour
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? Being ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003 would mean being recognised as the best in the world for winning key regattas under pressure in a highly competitive Pre-Olympic year. We started the year with a crucial victory in the United States Olympic Pre-Trials, we earned Silver medals at Kiel Week, Athens Pre-Olympics and Open Worlds and ended the Year with an ISAF Gold Medal. To be considered is an honour, to win…amazing. Highest recognition award in sailing
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? Being ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003 would mean being recognised as the best in the world for winning key regattas under pressure in a highly competitive Pre-Olympic year. We started the year with a crucial victory in the United States Olympic Pre-Trials, we earned Silver medals at Kiel Week, Athens Pre-Olympics and Open Worlds and ended the Year with an ISAF Gold Medal. To be considered is an honour, to win…amazing. It would be a wonderful thank you to my parents who have been taking over my responsibilities at home flipping pizzas at my restaurant.
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