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Sailing - 13. June 2012.

Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Claims Women's Match Racing ISAF SailingWorld Cup Title

Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) Claims Women's Match Racing ISAF SailingWorld Cup Title /womensportreport.com

Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi (USA) have taken the
Women’s Match Racing ISAF Sailing World Cup title after Skandia Sail for Gold, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas.

With no Women’s Match Racing at Kieler-Woche, the final regatta of
the series, Tunnicliffe has clinched the title for the second consecutive
year. By Tunnicliffe’s standards she was off the mark in Weymouth, but
the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year finished third sealing the top spot
in the Standings.

On her team's performance in Weymouth the American said,
“Considering how this regatta started we are happy with our end
result. We didn’t have the smoothest but we’re happy to come
away with the bronze.”

Tunnicliffe and her team will now head home before making the trip to
Gothenburg, Sweden for the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World
Championships and is aiming to defend the title she won at the 2011 ISAF
Worlds, “We’d love to defend the Championships and again it is a
very good lead in regatta to the Olympics. We’re just looking forward
to having a good event and keep learning like we always do.”

Olivia Price (AUS) took the Women’s Match Race title after she
defeated Claire Leroy (FRA) 2-1 in the final. This moved her from fourth to
second in the Standings and she takes away silver. US SAILING’s Rolex
Miami OCR winner Lucy Macgregor (GBR) was off the pace in Weymouth finishing
fifth but she takes the final World Cup podium spot.

Racing is set to take place in the remaining classes at Kieler-Woche with
Australian sailors leading the Standings in three.

Australia’s Tom Burton has been the surprise package during the
2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup and after his second place finish at Sail for
Gold the Australian has jumped ahead of Charlie Buckingham (USA) to lead the
Laser Standings.

Burton said, “The plan was to do most of the big events starting 2012
in Palma, Hyeres and the Laser Worlds and Sail for Gold and just try and get
solid results.

“The big goal was the Worlds this year as I am not going to the
Olympics. It’s ended up being a pretty good year coming fifth at the
worlds and Palma and Hyeres were building regattas and they ended up being
good as well.

“London 2012 was a bit of a long shot for me with who I was up
against but Rio 2016 is definitely the goal.”

2010-11 Laser Tom Slingsby (AUS) took top honours in Weymouth which moves
him up to second place whilst Buckingham slips from first to third following
his tenth place finish at Sail for Gold.

Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page (AUS) once again proved they are the ones
to beat in the Men’s 470 heading into the London 2012 Olympic Sailing
Competition after taking victory in Weymouth. The pair have finished at the
top of the podium in four ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas and comfortably
lead the Standings on 80 points. Paul Snow Hansen and Jason Saunders (NZL)
are second and Israel’s Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela round off the

In the 49er Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) picked up another World
Cup gold medal in Weymouth. The pair lead the 49er Standings on 59 points,
one ahead of Manu Dyen and Stephane Christidis (FRA). Denmark’s Allan
Norregaard and Peter Lang are third.

Lijia Xu’s (CHN) unbeaten Laser Radial run in the 2011-12 ISAF
Sailing World Cup came to an end in Weymouth as Alison Young (GBR) came
through strong in the Medal Race to take gold. Nonetheless Xu remains in the
lead on 77 points with Young, Evi Van Acker (BEL) and Marit Bouwmeester
(NED) tied on 71 points.

On her successful World Cup series so far Xu said, “After Miami I had
an incident and had to have an operation so I was off sailing for two months
missing the Palma regatta.

“I performed very well at Sail Melbourne, Miami and SOF (Semaine
Olympique Francaise) and I also performed quite consistently at Sail for
Gold but I will work harder in preparation for the Olympic Games.”

Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan (USA) have produced three podium finishes
throughout the 2011-12 World Cup series and they came up with the goods
again in Weymouth with a second place finish. They have cemented an eight
point lead in the Women’s 470 Standings over Ai Kondo and Wakako
Tabata (JPN) who finished a disappointing 12th in Weymouth. Kathrin
Kadelbach and Friederike Belcher (GER) complete the top three with Sail for
Gold winners Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie (NZL) 16th in the Standings.
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