(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
 
 
Arrived in Hyeres yesterday safe and sound!!! Today is practice day but 30kts predicted... We will see!!! 
No practice today... Its honking here!!! Hopefully tomorrow :) 

We will be keen to continue our medal winning start to the year in Hyeres, having been on the podium in Miami and Palma winning Silver in January in Miami, backing the result up with the Bronze medal in Palma.http://sof.ffvoile.com/ 
 
 
Tomorrow is our last day of power at the ETC, then driving to Hyeres on Thursday!!! 
 
 
ONLY smashed Mt Basso today, we halved our time up the mountain!! 
We also had rowing test in the morning... Big dayyyyy!!!! 

You know when the ONLY girls are tired... we had the afternoon off from fitness camp on Sundaand we didn't even hit the shops!!! 
 
 
Our families all met up back in February at the AST Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club before we set off for another tour of Europe and our second World Cup for the season. Click on our Gallery for downloadable photos of all our events and activities.
 
 
ONLY Racing has moved to the top of the Women's Match Racing Standings after another consistent performance. We defeated Tamara Echegoyen (ESP) in the Petit Final in Palma and now top the Standings with 37 points.

2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)  moved into second place in the Standings and US SAILING's Rolex Miami OCR victor Lucy Macgregor (GBR) is third.
 
 
We won out Quarter final against Mandy Mulder (NED) 3-1. Through to the semi finals tomorrow racing Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).


"Olivia Price (AUS) to the Women's Match Racing Semi-Finals are coming through her Quarter Final against Mandy Mulder (NED). The Australian took the first two race wins before Mulder hit back. But Price sealed the deal in the fourth match advancing to the Semi-Finals where she will face 2011 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Champion and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Anna Tunnicliffe (USA)."
 
 
Solid day on the water with 5 wins (NZL, FRA, ESP, FIN, USA) and 1 loss (GBR). This puts us in 1st place overall in pool B.
Tomorrow we progress to the Gold Fleet race off!!! In this round the top 3 from pool A and B race a round Robbin to seed the places from 1st to 6th. We then progress to the Quarterfinals.

Stage 1 - Group B: 
1-Olivia Price, Nina Curtis, Lucinda Whitty - AUS : 7 wins - 1 loss 
2-Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush, Kate Macgregor - GBR : 6 - 2 
3-Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega, Sofía Toro - ESP : 5 - 3 
4-Claire Leroy, Elodie Bertrand, Marie Riou - FRA : 5 - 3 
5-Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt - NZL : 4 - 4 
6-Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva , Mikaela Wulff - FIN : 3 - 5 
7-Genny Tulloch, Jennifer Chamberlin , Alice Manard Leonard - USA : 3 - 5 
8-Silke Hahlbrock, Vera Dubina, Irina Lotsmanova - GER : 2 - 6 
9-Stephanie Roble, Maggie Shea, Darby Smith - USA : 1 - 7 
 
 

After a wait in the morning on shore for the wind to develop, a nice steady 8-12 knot sea breeze filled in for most of the day on the Women's Match Racing course at the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia MAPFRE in Palma de Mallorca, Spain for the first European stop of the 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup.

The initial round robin stage of the event is split into two groups of nine teams each. As all of the Olympic hopefuls are here to compete, each group is brimming with talent and all of the matches, as expected, are very hard fought.

Group A sees the two American teams of Anna Tunnicliffe and Sally Barkow leading the way with 3 wins each from four matches sailed. Group B only started racing near 18h00 this evening, so only two flights were completed with the teams of Lucy Macgregor (GBR), Tamara Echegoyen (ESP), Olivia Price (AUS), and Claire Leroy (FRA) each going undefeated.

Tuesday will see many more flights planned to complete the round robins to select who will move into the Gold Group and automatically into the Quarter Finals and who will need to sail in the Repechage (or second chance) round robin to try to join the Gold Group in the Quarter Finals.

Results after Day One:

Stage 1 - Group A:
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, Debbie Capozzi - USA : 3 wins - 1 loss
Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham , Alana O'Reilly - USA : 3 - 1
Mandy Mulder, Annemiek Bekkering , Merel Witteveen - NED : 2 - 1
Ekaterina Skudina, Elena Siuzeva, Elena Oblova - RUS : 3 - 2
Silvia Roca, Eva Gonzalez, Lara Cacabelos - ESP : 3 - 2
Lotte Meldgaard, Susanne Boidin, Tina Gramkov - DEN : 2 - 2
Renee Groeneveld, Annemiek Bes , Marcelien de Koning - NED : 2 - 2
Anna Kjellberg, Malin Källström , Lotta Harrysson - SWE : 1 - 3
Rita Gonçalves, Mariana Lobato, Diana Neves - POR : 0 - 5

Stage 1 - Group B:
Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush , Kate Macgregor - GBR : 2 -0
Tamara Echegoyen, Angela Pumariega , Sofía Toro - ESP : 2 - 0
Olivia Price, Nina Curtis , Lucinda Whitty - AUS : 2 -0
Claire Leroy, Elodie Bertrand , Marie Riou - FRA : 1 - 0
Stephanie Roble, Maggie Shea , Darby Smith - USA : 1 - 1
Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen, Susannah Pyatt - NZL : 0 -1
Silja Lehtinen, Silja Kanerva , Mikaela Wulff - FIN : 0 - 2
Genny Tulloch, Jennifer Chamberlin , Alice Manard Leonard - USA : 0 -2
Silke Hahlbrock, Vera Dubina, Irina Lotsmanova - GER : 0 - 2
 
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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)
    Aug 2011:  
    London 2012 Test Event - Weymouth, GBR (5th)

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