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OLYMPIC SAILING UPDATE: Team USA Splits on Opening Day

Courtesy: ODU Athletics
Release: July 29, 2012
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July 29, 2012

WEYMOUTH, UK - Former Old Dominion University sailing standouts Anna Tunnicliffe and Debbie Capozzi guided the United States to a split in the opening day of the round robin format of the Women's Elliott 6m match race on Sunday in the opening weekend of the 2012 London Olympics.

The United States with Tunnicliffe, the 2008 Gold medailist in the Women's Laser Radial, at skipper paired with Capozzi and Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer at crew defeated Denmark with skipper Lotte Meldgaard and crew Tina Cramkov and Susanne Boidin. The U.S. was ahead by 0:04, 0:03 and 0:07 in their split for a final winning time of 0:05 ahead of Denmark for the win.

In their second match of the day, the U.S. fell to Spain with Tamara Echegoyen Dominguez at skipper along with Sofia Toro Prieto Puga and Angela Pumariega Mendez at crew. The Spanish team held the narrow lead in the early split by 0:03 before opening things up with 0:58 and 0:58 split advantages for a final of 1:05 ahead of the U.S.

On Monday, the U.S. (1-1) faces Portugal (0-2) at 9:00 a.m. (ET) and Australia (2-0) at 11:00 a.m. (ET) as round robin action continues at the Women's Elliott 6m match racing in Weymouth.

Follow along with Team USA and their blog at For all news, results and schedule, visit


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