Miami Invitational win to Team Tunnicliffe

Anna Tunnicliffe and Don Wilson in Round Robin action - 2011 Miami Invitational
Tod Reynolds
Anna Tunnicliffe and her Team Tunnicliffe (Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer) have won the 2011 Miami Invitational, concluded yesterday in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. They finished with an impressive 14-2 win-loss record.

The two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award winner and her team showed a consistency and mastery of the Elliott 6M keelboat that revealed their extensive training as part of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics on the road to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Runners-up in this ISAF Open Grade 3 event on scores of 12-4 were Silja Lehtinen and her Team Finland of Silja Kanerva and Mikaela Wulff, also aspiring Olympians to the 2012 Games.

The morning’s very light conditions prevented completion of an intended second stage of round-robin sailing among the first-4th and fifth-8th-placed teams from the double Round Robin, but the building seabreeze yesterday did allow for each team to race 16 matches in two days of competition. Responsive race management from PRO Rich Reichelsdorfer from Sail Sheboygan and his team of Dick Schweers and Darcy Cook from the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) kept courses square with the shifts and running on time.

There were many close matches in the event, but perhaps the most remarkable story was the meteoric rise up through the ranks of another Team AlphaGraphic member, Sally Barkow and her team of Maggie Shea and Jen Wilson, who were substituting for Sally’s normal team for this regatta. After a rough start of losing to all three other Women’s teams in their first three flights, Barkow and team pulled themselves together to reverse that trend, winning all but two matches in the second Round Robin, including against Tunnicliffe and Lehtinen.

The top-finishing Open team got onto the podium in third place. Taylor Canfield of the US Virgin Islands, with his crew of Tom Barrows and Darby Smith, used his recent experience as an Intercollegiate champion to step into the dinghy-like Elliott’s and still amass a credible 11-5 record.

Twitter coverage and race results are posted on the CMRC website (www.chicagomatchracecenter.com), with photos, interviews and a final video show of the event also available on the website.

Final Results after 16 flights completed (2 Round Robins):

1. Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) 7 – 1 7 - 1
2. Silja Lehtinen (USA) 7 – 1 5 - 3
3. Taylor Canfield (ISV) 6 – 2 5 - 3
4. Genny Tulloch (USA) 4 – 3 5 - 3
5. Sally Barkow (USA) 3 – 5 6 - 2
6. Steve Hunt (USA) 4 – 4 4 - 4
7. Andrew Campbell (USA) 3 – 5 3 - 5
8. Don Wilson (USA) 1 – 7 2 - 6
9. Leo Vasiliev (USA) 0 – 8 0 - 8


CMRC and its events, visit www.chicagomatchrace.com.
US Sailing Center at Sail Sheboygan, visit its website at www.sailseboygan.org.

About CMRC: The Chicago Match Race Center was founded to promote and grow the sport of match race sailing. Besides being used in the America’s Cup, match race sailing has recently also been adapted as a Women’s discipline in the 2012 Olympic Games. As part of its mission to provide the highest-level match racing training facility for professional and amateur sailors in the US, CMRC has procured a fleet of Elliott 6M class boats, the type that will be used in the Games, and will use them to train and race teams with Olympic aspirations. Additionally, the CMRC retains a full fleet of TOM 28 class boats and all umpire and support boats needed to run international-caliber regattas. For the complete list of events and results from the 2010 season schedule, and events for the 2011 season, please visit www.ChicagoMatchRace.com.

About Sail Sheboygan: Sail Sheboygan is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the sport of sailing. Its mission is to help people discover sailing and thrive at the sport regardless of their age, income, ability or disability. We believe that those who come to understand the fundamentals of sailing, teamwork and seamanship understand more about themselves, others and the world around them. For more information and the complete 2011 season schedule, please visit www.sailsheboygan.org.