Tunnicliffe A Finalist For The ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year

September 27, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 27, 2011

SAN JUAN,PR-- ODU Sailing great and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Anna Tunnicliffe ('05) is one of four females nominated for the International Sailing Federation Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) received nominations for the 2011 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 are taken into consideration. There can be only one winner in each of the two categories, male and female, and the names of those sailors now vying for the coveted and prestigious 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award are announced today.

The 2011 nominees are:

Female Dee Caffari (GBR) - Record Breaking Round The World Yachtswoman Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU) - Double Professional Windsurfing Association World Champion Alexandra Rickham (GBR) - ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion and IFDS World Champion Anna Tunnicliffe (USA) - ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion

Male Ben Ainslie (GBR) - Match Racing World Champion & ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion Lorenzo Bressani (ITA) - Melges 24 and 32 World Champion Rob Douglas (USA) - Outright World Speed Record Holder Iker Martinez & Xabier Fernandez (ESP) - IMOCA60 and 49er Success Nathan Outteridge (AUS) - International Moth World Champion and 49er Champion

The achievements of the 2011 Nominees are:

In 2011 Anna Tunnicliffe has only twice returned home from a regatta without a medal. She is the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion in Women's Match Racing and the 2011 Snipe Women's World Champion. She is also a three-time winner of the US Sailing's Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

Tunnicliffe and her teammates Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi kicked off their ISAF Sailing World Cup campaign in January at the US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR where they won the silver medal. Bronze in Palma and Hyères was followed by their first gold medal at the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta in Weymouth in August. At the final regatta of the series, in Kiel, they finished fifth overall but this was enough to secure them the title.

In November 2010 Anna and crew Molly took a break from match racing to sail at the Snipe Women's World Championship in St Petersburg, USA. True to form they won the title which they followed up with the US national title in March 2011.

Tunnicliffe skippers an exceptionally busy team who whose intense training is complemented by regular regatta appearances. From the US Sailing Team Alphagraphics qualifiers to the World Match Racing Tour, the team have stood on the podium eleven times. In January Tunnicliffe was awarded the 2010 US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award and the US Sailing Alphagraphics Team of the Year.

2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion - Women's Match Racing 2010 Snipe Women's World Champion

Click here to read more about Anna and her achievements www.sailing.org/worldsailor/2011/anna-tunnicliffe.php

"It is such an honor to be nominated for this award. The nominees for 2011 have had amazing years and it's truly a surprise to be on the list with them. Molly and Deb have been a huge part of this year's success. Everything we did this year was a combo of the three of us; there is no one standout person on our team. Team Maclaren has been putting in an incredible amount of time both on and off the water and to be nominated for this award in recognition of our hard work is very satisfying." says Anna.

Tunnicliffe, a native of England, grew up in Perrysburg, Ohio, sailing from the North Cape Yacht Club in Michigan. Her college sailing career at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Va.), where she earned ICSA All-American honors three times (2003, '04, '05), was highlighted with being named the 2005 Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year. She is married to Brad Funk, who also is campaigning for the 2012 Olympic Games in the Laser class.

Dee Caffari (GBR)

Dee Caffari has a thirst for adventure, relishes a challenge that pushes her to the limits and is no stranger to record breaking success. In 2011 she earned herself yet another place in the record books when she completed the Barcelona World Race.

Sailing the double-handed non-stop around the world race aboard the IMOCA60 GAES Centros Auditivos, Dee and co-skipper Anna Corbella were the first all-female team to enter the race. They finished in sixth place after 102 days at sea. This achievement makes Caffari the first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times.

Caffari's first circumnavigation was completed in 2005 after she skippered a team in the Global Challenge yacht race, a tenth month stop-over race with an amateur crew sailed against the prevailing winds and currents. Just four months after completing this race she set off again aboard the 72ft monohull Aviva, sailing the same route but this time on her own and without stopping. She returned 178 days later after a gruelling journey of extreme highs and lows, earning herself an MBE and a place in the record books as the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world west-about.

Caffari's next challenge was the 2008-9 Vendée Globe, this time sailing solo non-stop east-about on the IMOCA60 Aviva. Caffari finished an impressive sixth out of 30 competitors and became the first woman to sail solo in both directions non-stop around the world.

In 2011 she completed the hat-trick and also found time to finish second aboard the MOD70 Race for Water in the Rolex Fastnet Race, skipper Artemis Ocean Racing in the Round the Island Race, compete at Phuket Race Week and continue her work as an ambassador for the tri-service charity initiative Toe in the Water.

Dee Caffari is always looking for a challenge to push the boundaries ever further; she enjoys adventure racing and new experiences and is now planning her fourth solo circumnavigation in the 2012-13 Vendée Globe.

The first woman to sail non-stop around the world three times.

Click here to read more about Dee and her achievements www.sailing.org/worldsailor/2011/dee-caffari.php

Sarah-Quita Offringa (ARU)

Winning a World Champion title in the Professional Windsurfing Association is no mean feat; winning two in the same year is truly exceptional. At just 20 years of age, Sarah-Quita Offringa from Aruba has achieved just that - she is the PWA Women's Slalom World Champion and the PWA Women's Freestyle World Champion.

Offringa has finished on the podium at every single PWA Tour event she has contested this year. At five of the seven regattas she stood on top of the podium and in the Freestyle competition proved unbeatable. Her dominance is outstanding and her ability to excel in two very different disciplines of windsurfing is impressive.

2011 was not the first time Offringa was crowned World Champion and she holds a PWA record for being the youngest competitor to win a world title in women's freestyle for four successive years, without losing a heat.

Sarah-Quita Offringa is an inspiration for young athletes and has been a driving force behind a new school of women's freestyle windsurfing. She has supreme athletic ability and talent and is a real ambassador for the sport of sailing.

PWA World Champion - Women's Freestyle PWA World Champion - Women's Slalom

Click here to read more about Sarah and her achievements www.sailing.org/worldsailor/2011/sarah-q-offringa.php

Alexandra Rickham (GBR)

In July 2011, Alex Rickham won her third consecutive IFDS Disabled Sailing World title in the two-person keelboat, SKUD18. A few weeks later she clinched the 2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup title with a series score of 78 from a maximum 80 points available.

In 2007 Rickham teamed up with Niki Birrell as a crew and at the 2008 Paralympic Games they finished just outside the medals in fifth. In 2009 they switched places and have since gone from strength to strength, finishing on the podium at all of the regattas they have raced at in this nomination period.

The season got underway in December at the 2010 Sail Melbourne regatta and Rickham posted her first regatta win of the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. The second gold came in Hyères at the Semaine Olympique Française and two silvers from the US SAILING Rolex Miami OCR and Skandia Sail for Gold in Weymouth. This was Rickham and Birrell's second consecutive World Cup title achieved in emphatic style.

At the IFDS Worlds in Weymouth, Rickham's consistent performance put her team at the top of the leaderboard from day one. With four race wins from the ten race series Rickham and Birrell secured the title with a day to spare. A third consecutive world title is an exceptional achievement and Rickham's determination to succeed makes her the sailor to beat on the Paralympic circuit.

2010-2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup Champion - SKUD18 IFDS Disabled Sailing World Champion, two-person keelboat, SKUD18

Click here to read more about Alex and her achievements www.sailing.org/worldsailor/2011/alex-rickham.php

The winners will be selected by the ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs), the national governing bodies for sailing around the world, who are now invited to vote for the one male and one female nominee who they believe most deserves the Award.

The winners will be announced at the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards presentation and dinner, which will take place on Tuesday 8 November 2011. The venue for the event is the Barrio Ballajá in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Each winner will be presented with the prestigious ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award Trophy and a distinctive Rolex timepiece.