Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi, get underway on their Elliott 6m for the practice of the women’s match racing.
With the round robin portion nearly over, and their prime objective achieved, match racing medal hopeful Anna Tunnicliffe looks back at the racing so far, and ahead to a day off the water.
The match racing trio of Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi started the 2012 Olympics as the strong American medal hope in the sailing. While they haven't had a great regatta, their teammates have struggled even more. With the round robin portion nearly done, Tunnicliffe and company have officially qualified to move on to the quarterfinals. From there, the records will be erased, and it's the a best-3-of-5 elimination tournament for the medals.
Though close soon after the start of today's second race, the U.S. and British 49er teams had drastically different fortunes. The GBR team of Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes won both races and are now in second. The U.S. team of Erik Storck and Trevor Moore finished 20th and 18th and dropped from seventh to 13th and are currently not in medal contention.
Day 5 of the 2012 Olympic Regatta dawned cloudy and rainy and while the sun came out, it didn't shine on the U.S. team.
A trip to the sailing paradise of Buzzard's Bay reminds Tim Zimmermann of his summers sailing as a child.
I should play the lottery more, because this has been a lucky summer. A few weeks back, work took me to the San Juan Islands, one of the most beautiful cruising grounds in the Pacific Northwest (don’t you love it when work does that?). And this week—in fact right now, as I type—I am looking out at sunrise over Martha’s Vineyard Sound. That’s two slices of sailing paradise in one month, the sort of island hopping that a sailor could get hooked on.
Farrah Hall enjoys a quick ride downwind during RS:X racing at the 2012 Olympics.
A quick look back at Day 4 of the 2012 Olympic Regatta, and the performance of the U.S. Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider.
When Anna Tunnicliffe and her team jibed to starboard about halfway down the run, I was sure the trailing Russians would pounce. But Ekaterine Skudina and her crew, despite holding perfect position for a covering jibe, didn’t. Instead they carried on and jibed a few lengths after the two boats crossed paths.