Tunnicliffe's Team Second At International Keelboat Championships

September 02, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Sept. 2, 2011

Rochester, N.Y., USA - Anna Tunnicliffe ('05) and here Team Maclaren took second at the US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships. Team Maclaren consists of ODU greats Anna Tunnicliffe-Funk,Debbie Capozzi ('03), and Liz Bower ("03).

Tunnicliffe was a three-time All-American, three-time ICSA Singlehanded National Champion, and Quantum Women's Collegiate Sailor of the Year. Clement was also a three-time ICSA All-American at ODU, while Elizabeth Bower earned All-American honors in 2002 and 03.

Another former Lady Monarch great, Sally Barkow (ODU '02), guided her team to a third-place result.

When they say the wait is worth it, it usually is, and in this case the wait for the elusive breeze on Lake Ontario paid off for 36 teams on the second day of racing at US SAILING's Rolex International Womens Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC). It was early afternoon before the light and variable wind gave way and breeze began to build from the east, eventually settling in around 12 knots which allowed a spirited game of leap frog to take place amongst the teams at the top of the standings.

The first win of the day went to an experienced local team, which briefly moved them up from third to second in the overall standings. Team Lucy is helmed by Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.), a two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year who has won this championship twice, sailing with long-time crew Amy Seymour Moran (Pittsford, N.Y.), Annemarie Cook (Rochester, N.Y.) and Jane Mastrandrea (Webster, N.Y.).

When the defending champions won race two of the day - Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Liz Bower (Rochester, N.Y.) racing as Team Maclaren - they too made a leap, going from fourth to first in the overall standings. Tunnicliffe, Capozzi and Vandemoer are members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. Finishing fifth in the race sent yesterday's leaders - Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisc.), Annie Lush (Poole, Dorset, GBR), Alana O'Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Jackie Campbell (Washington, D.C.) - down to third overall, while Sertl's Team Lucy remained second overall on the strength of a third-place in the race. Things were heating up though, as Tunnicliffe and Sertl were now tied on points at 21, with Barkow just one point behind. Barkow and O'Reilly are members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics.

TOP FIVE FINISHERS (out of 36 teams and 11 races)
1. Lucy (Sertl,Moran,Cook, Mastrandrea(39)
2. Maclaren (Tunnicliffe, Capozzi, O'Bryan,Bower (44)
3. Barkow (ODU '02),Lush, O'Reilly, Campbell (54)
4. Cronin, Podlich, Vogen,Couranz(58)
5. Instagator (Werver, WEbster, Cocoroch,Thompson (60).