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Olympic Class Match Racing Coming to CGSC!
01/02/2012

Olympic Class Match Racing Coming to CGSC!

Olympic Class Match Racing Coming to CGSC!

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Olympic Gold Medalist Anna TunnecliffeANNA TUNNICLIFFE, Olympic Gold Medalist from the '08 Olympics (Laser Radials) and current and four consecutive time winner of the US Sailing Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award (a record!) will speak to CGSC Members and our Junior sailors at 6:30 pm this Saturday in the Main Room.  Anna is at the Club competing with her Team Maclaren in the Open Elliott 6 M Match Race Event we're hosting this weekend. She is the leading contender to represent the US in Women's Match Racing at the London Olympics this summer (final selection has not yet been made).  All this, and she's only 29! 

Our great Club will be hosting the Miami Invitational Open Elliott 6m event in February with racing days of Friday, February 24th thru Sunday, February 26th.  

Spectator Boats will be available for watching the racing.  PLEASE sign up for Saturday or Sunday as a spectator or have a boat to offer to watch the racing.  Send and email with the days you are available to Rear Commodore, Sean Connett:  sean.connett@cgsc.org

This event is closely associated with the Olympic Selection Process for the US Women’s berth in the 2012 Olympics for the Match Racing event.  Our event is not part of the selection process, but represents an important opportunity for the four remaining teams in the Olympic selection process to race against one another.  Since our event is an “open event,” men can also participate.
 
The US Olympic berth for Women’s Match Racing is determined in a two-event trials series, one of which took place in October at Key Biscayne YC here on Biscayne Bay.  From that event, the top four teams qualified for the final stage in Weymouth, England to be sailed in May, which is after our regatta.  The winner of the Weymouth event will represent the US at the Olympic Games this coming summer in England.  The US field of four boats consists of Skippers Anna Tunnicliffe, Sally Barkow, Genny Tulloch, Steph Roble and their crews.  Most of these teams are expected to enter our event.
 
CGSC will host an Introduction to Match Racing Presentation on Friday evening, February 24th in the Main Room upstairs at the Club.  One or more of the competing teams will be present to discuss basic match racing strategy to our Membership, along with our resident Match Racing Guru, Bud Price PC.
 
In addition, current Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe (in photo at left) may be available to speak with our Juniors on Saturday morning, February 25th.  She would be the latest in a series of very high level Olympic or National Championship sailors to present to and inspire our Juniors.
 
Match racing is a great spectator sport. Unlike the Americas Cup where design is center stage and controls the momentum, Olympic level match race sailing is in identical boats. This concentrates the energy on boat handling skills and tactics. The racing is usually close and intense. At the writing of this article the plan is to have several boats available to take interested spectators out to watch the action on Saturday and Sunday. 
 
If you are interested in participating, either as a spectator or to provide a boat to view from, please contact Rear Commodore Sean Connett sean.connett@cgsc.org. Sean can then update the respondents on developments as they come and try to get all interested parties a ride out for the action. Also watch for postings at the Club.