(From Anna Tunnicliffe's Blog yesterday)

Our next race was interesting. We had a fun pre-start against Team Price (AUS) which resulted in us starting on port at the boat slightly late. We were where we wanted to be but not on time like we would have preferred. However, we came back together and were able to force her to tack. At the bottom of the first beat, there were about 5-6 big shifts that hit within one minute. The two boats went from pinning each other to being pinned. Ultimately, our shift came out on top and we were able to cover her up to the top mark. She rounded right on our tail and surfed into leeward of us as we planed downwind in the building breeze. We stretched the distance enough between the boats to get in our gybe to starboard; she delayed her gybe and ended up hitting us with her spinnaker earning a penalty. At this point she was pinned to windward of us and we held her to the point of a tight spinnaker reach into the mark to ensure that we would round ahead. We rounded with almost a length between us and rolled into a tack. She tacked back shortly thereafter and then her jib halyard broke. They were very clever and quick and managed to get the jib back up only losing about 4-5 lengths in the whole thing. From there they hit some nice shifts and we had to spend some of our lead to lock her in behind us. They had caught up a fair amount and rounded the top mark only a length behind. Not quite sure what happened then on their boat, but they had a delay on their hoist on which we capitalised and we extended away and took the win. It was a great race and they did a fantastic job at keeping the pressure on us the whole time
 


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    NAME Olivia PRICE
    TEAM ONLY Racing AUS
    BORN  August 1992
    GENDER Female
    NATIONALITY Australia - AUS
    HOME TOWN Sydney, Australia
    YACHT CLUB Cruising Yacht Club of Australia
    LANGUAGES English
    Member of the Australian Women's Match Racing Team.
    I sail an Elliott 6m  - a new women’s match racing boat that makes its Olympic debut at London 2012.  The Elliott 6m is a high performance keelboat which accelerates quickly and manoeuvres easily.   In each race two identical Elliott 6m keelboats will compete head to head.  
      
    WORLD RANKING  #6 @ June 2012 (best ranking 6)
     
    KEY RESULTS  LATEST RESULTS

    Jun 2012: ISAF World Championship, Gothemburg, SWE (5th)
    Jun 2012: ISAF World Cup Final Sail For Gold, Weymouth, GBR (1st)
    Apr 2012: ISAF World Cup SOF Hyeres, FRA (9th)
    Apr 2012: ISAF World Cup Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre, Palma SPA (3rd)
    Mar 2012: St Quay WMR Regatta Grade 1 - St Quay, FRA (5th)
    Jan 2012: ISAF World Cup Miami OCR - Miami, USA (2nd) 
    Dec 2011: ISAF World Championships - Perth, AUS (8th)
    Sep 2011:  ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final - Sheboygan, USA (3rd)
    Aug 2011:  Buddy Melges Challenge - Sheboygan, USA (6th)
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    London 2012 Test Event - Weymouth, GBR (5th)

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