Tunnicliffe Named 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year

November 10, 2009
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 10, 2009

BUSAN, Korea - Former Old Dominion sailing standout Anna Tunnicliffe was named the recipient of the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today. The annual award is the highest honor a sailor can receive in recognition of his and her outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing.

Tunnicliffe, a 2005 ODU graduate and a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, was chosen based on her outstanding achievements in a variety of boats and multiple disciplines during the qualifying period of September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009.

"I'm honored to win such a huge award," said Tunnicliffe after the awards ceremony in Korea. "I'm honored to now be on the list with all the amazing sailors who won the award before me. It's a great way to top off a fantastic year, and I'm very excited!"

This is the second consecutive year that Tunnicliffe has been nominated and she is the third American to win the prestigious award in the last four years.

Since winning an Olympic Gold Medal in the Laser Radial in 2008, Tunnicliffe has proven her talent and versatility by excelling in the singlehanded dinghy and skippering several different boats in the match racing circuit. She dominated the Radial fleet in the ISAF Sailing World Cup series by winning gold medals at Sail Melbourne, US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR and Semaine Olympique Francaise and a bronze medal at Kieler Woche. She has led the ISAF World Rankings in the Laser Radial consistently since April 9, 2008, and she won the first-ever ISAF Sailing World Cup trophy. She also won the Laser Radial North American Championship and finished third at the Laser Radial World Championship last summer.

As the skipper of women's match racing teams, Tunnicliffe also had a string of successes this year: She won gold medals at both the US Women's Match Racing Championship and the North American and Caribbean Nations Cup Regional Finals, qualifying her to compete at the ISAF Nations Cup Final, where she won bronze. At Sail for Gold, the final ISAF Sailing World Cup event of the 2008-2009 series, she also won a bronze medal in the new Elliott 6m, the equipment chosen for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta.

To read an interview with Anna Tunnicliffe, please visit USSTAG's web site: http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/News/Anna_Tunnicliffe_Interview_2009.htm

To learn more about her accomplishments as a world-class sailor, please visit her campaign web site: http://annatunnicliffe.com/