Winner Of ISAF Rolex Sailors Of The Year Award, Anna Tunnicliffe, Heads For Perth
US Match Racing Skipper Anna Tunnicliffe, along with her team members, is all ready to take on the challenge at Perth. Interestingly, she was recently crowned the World Sailor of the Year 2011 in ISAF Rolex Sailors championship. Reminiscing about her win, she commented that although ISAF Rolex Sailors of the Year Award was awarded to her, it was a team award. As a team they all accomplished the award. Getting a Rolex Sailors of the Year Award was a very special moment for all of them.
Her United States Sailing Team includes her AlphaGraphics crewmates that together form Team Maclaren. Names of her team members are: Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi and Liz Lewin (alternate). They have been sailing together for a very long time as the US Sailing Team AlphaGrapics (USSTAG) Team Maclaren. Anna and her team are very well known to the international championships and competition. They are now preparing for the upcoming 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships at Perth.
Anna Tunnicliffe, who originally hails from Doncaster, England, has lived in Ohio, US, since the age of twelve. She reassuringly says that she is an American but sometimes speaks a little British because of her origin. She is very patriotic towards her country and her team mates. One of the members of the team, Debbie Capozzi has sailed with Anna Tunnicliffe in college, but they went into different boats afterwards. Both of them reconnected for this campaign. During those years the third member, Molly Vandemoer went to school in Hawaii, but participated in the same college competitions. The fourth member of the team is Liz Lewin, who has been part of the team from the beginning and also went to school with Anna and Debbie. All three of them decided to build their team for an Olympic campaign on the â€˜Elliot 6mâ€™ after their initial episodes of success.
Anna Tunnicliffe, 28, has been a part of the womenâ€™s sailing fraternity for a long time and has won various awards. She has won Rolex ISAF Woman Sailor of the year award twice in 2009 and again this year. She has also won Gold Medal in 2008 on the Womenâ€™s Laser Radial in Beijing. But these winnings havenâ€™t always come as easy to her. She has had her share of defeats that provided valuable lessons to move on and do more hard work. She says that it was a very difficult moment for her as she lost by a 100th of a point.
Focusing on the future and speaking as the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics representative, Anna Tunnicliffe commented that the team is very glad to have found various sponsors which include Laser Performance, Team Maclaren and 11th Hour Racing. Some of the other sponsors are Carmeuse Natural Chemicals, Chicago Match Race Centre, Trinity Yachts and Sperry Top Siders.