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Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)

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Name Anna Tunnicliffe
Nation USA
Date of Birth 17 October 1982
Place of Birth Doncaster, UK
Website http://www.teammaclaren.com/

In 2011 Anna Tunnicliffe has only twice returned home from a regatta without a medal. She is the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion in Women's Match Racing and the 2011 Snipe Women's World Champion.

Tunnicliffe and her teammates Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi kicked off their ISAF Sailing World Cup campaign in January at the US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR where they won the silver medal. Bronze in Palma and Hyères was followed by their first gold medal at the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta in Weymouth in August. At the final regatta of the series, in Kiel, they finished fifth overall but this was enough to secure them the title.

In November 2010 Anna and crew Molly took a break from match racing to sail at the Snipe Women's World Championship in St Petersburg, USA. True to form they won the title which they followed up with the US national title in March 2011.

Tunnicliffe skippers an exceptionally busy team who whose intense training is complemented by regular regatta appearances. From the US Sailing Team Alphagraphics qualifiers to the World Match Racing Tour, the team have stood on the podium eleven times. In January Tunnicliffe was awarded the 2010 US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award and the US Sailing Alphagraphics Team of the Year.

Achievements between 1 September 2010 and 31 Aguust 2011
World Championship 10 - ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, Newport, USA - ISAF Grade W - Sep 2010
1 - Snipe Women's World Championship, St Petersburg, USA - Nov 2010
ISAF Sailing World Cup - Women's Match Racing
2 - US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - Jan 2011
3 - Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma de Majorca, ESP - ISAF Grade 1 - Mar 2011
3 - Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, NED - ISAF Grade 1 - Apr 2011
1 - Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth & Portland, GBR - ISAF Grade 1 - Aug 2011
5 - Kieler Woche, Kiel, GER - ISAF Grade 1 - Jun 2011
1st overall 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup

ISAF Grade W, 1 & 2
7 - Buddy Melges Challenge, Wisconsin, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - Sep 2010
18 - Argo Group Gold Cup, Hamilton, BER - ISAF Grade W - Oct 2010
2 - Stena Match Cup Sweden Women's Trophy, Marstrand, SWE - ISAF Grade 2 - Jul 2011
1 - Buddy Melges Challenge, Wisconsin, USA - ISAF Grade 1 - Aug 2011
7 - Chicago Match Cup, Lake Michigan, USA - ISAF Grade 2 - Aug 2011

ISAF Grade 3
2 - USSTAG January Qualifier, Florida, USA - Jan 2011
1 - Chicago Match Race Centre / Sail Sheboygan Winter Event, Biscayne Bay, USA - Feb 2011
2 - USSTAG May Qualifier, Wisconsin, USA - May 2011 (Grade 5)
1 - Snipe Open Women's Nationals (12th overall) - Mar 2011 - ESP 2010 US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year & 2010 US Sailing Alphagraphics Team of the Year

Q&A

What inspired you to take up sailing?

My parents wanted mt to learn how to sail. I got into racing I guess when I was a little older, mostly just because of the competiteveness of ourdicted in the first place.

What was the first boat you ever sailed and how old were you?

The first boat I remember sailing was a Mirror when I was around age 3. I remember because my mum took me out and we capsized.

Name your first sailing club

Rutland SC

What was the first event you competed in and in what year?

Optimist Inland Championships 1993

What are you personal sailing career highlights?

2008 Olympic gold medal
2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year
2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion - Laser Radial
2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion - Women's Match Racing

What are your future sailing goals?

Olympics, America's Cup, World Match Racing Tour and maybe the Volvo Ocean Race.

Who has had the greatest impact on your sailing and career and why?

My husband. He has been my training partner since we started dating a long time ago. He pushes me to be the best I can be and always believes and supports me.

Who is your sailing hero?

Robert Scheidt and Ben Ainslie.

What other sports do you enjoy?

Running, biking at triathalons.

What does being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards mean to you and how would you feel if you were voted the winner?

It is amazing to be nominated for this award. It was a huge surpise for me. My teammates Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi and I have put in a lot of time this year and to be nominated with all these other great sailors is very exciting and such an honour.

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