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ODU Alumna Anna Tunnicliffe Named Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year…Again

Old Dominion University alumna Anna Tunnicliffe '05 has again been named U.S. Sailing's Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. Tunnicliffe also received the honor in 2008, making her the first woman in 27 years to win the title back-to-back.

Established in 1961 by U.S. Sailing and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. since 1980, the awards recognize the outstanding on-the-water competitive achievement of an individual man and woman in the calendar year just concluded. Tunnicliffe will be honored and presented with specially engraved Rolex timepieces during a luncheon on Feb. 26 at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.

The 27-year-old Tunnicliffe, of Plantation, Fla., won the Olympic gold medal in Laser Radial sailing at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. She dominated the Laser Radial fleet during the 2009 ISAF Sailing World Cup series by winning gold at U.S. Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR and Semaine Olympique Francaise in France, and bronze at Kieler Woche in Germany. She also won the Laser Radial Women's North American Championship in Florida and finished third at the Laser Radial World Championship in Japan.

Tunnicliffe's success on the 2009 match racing circuit was also notable. She won the Detroit Cup in Ultimate 20s and was second at U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship in St. Thomas sailed in IC 24s. Her medal haul also included bronze collected at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Brazil sailed in J/24s, and at Skandia Sail for Gold in England. In October, Tunnicliffe won the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship.

In 2005, she was named the Quantum Female College Sailor of the Year. That recognition capped her collegiate sailing career at ODU, where she earned ICSA All-America honors three straight years (2003-05).

This article was posted on: January 7, 2010

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