Monday, September 10, 2007

Anna Tunnicliffe Match Racing

Anna and her team getting ready.
Our winning streak came to an abrupt halt today as our North Cape YC team finished fourth in the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship for the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy.

Liz Baylis, from San Rafael, Calif., sailing for the San Francisco Yacht Club, won this event for the second time. She also won in 2003. Liz’ crew were no strangers to the podium. Cory Sertle, from Rochester, N.Y., skippered the winning boat in 2004 and Susie Leech, from Simsbury, Conn., was crew for Newport, R.I.’s Betsy Alison when she won in 2002.

The four-day event on the Detroit River, hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club, was sponsored by Rolex USA and Dry Creek Vineyard. We raced in three-person Ultimate 20 trailerable sloops.
My crew and I are planning a comprehensive debrief about the event but it’s clear that teamwork and time in the boat are crucial to success in a match racing event like this, especially in the closing stages as one sails against experienced top teams. Simply put, we had the opportunities but we lost the races. -

It's not surprising that Liz won she is a great match racer and has sailed the Ultimate 20 all the way to Hawaii, so time in the boat is on her side. - SK