The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) named U.S. sailing team AlphaGraphics' member Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.) a nominee for the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award, the most prestigious recognition in the sport of sailing.
Tunnicliffe was chosen based on her outstanding achievement during the qualifying period of Sept. 1, 2008, to Aug. 31, 2009. Tunnicliffe has shown the depth and breadth of her talent by excelling in a variety of boats and multiple disciplines this year. This is the second consecutive year Tunnicliffe has made the short list of nominees.
Since winning an Olympic gold medal in the Laser Radial in August 2008, Tunnicliffe has been a dominant force on the ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit 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 ISAF Sailing World Cup trophy in the Radial at the culmination of the inaugural Sailing World Cup series two weeks ago in Weymouth, England. She also won the Laser Radial North American Championship and finished third at the Laser Radial World Championship this summer.
Tunnicliffe has also proven to be a talented match racer, winning 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.
"What makes Anna's results over the last year so impressive is that she has remained at the top of the Laser Radial game while also showing that she is a highly competitive match racer," said Olympic Sailing committee chairman Dean Brenner. "This nomination confirms that Anna is one of the top sailors in our sport."
For information on the award and bios of male and female nominees, visit the ISAF Web site at http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/news/29898.php