Winner Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year

Plantation, Fla - January 6, 2009 - Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year and you are sticking to your resolutions. Its hard I know, and its only been six days.

I have some fantastic news I want to share with everyone.  Earlier today US Sailing announced the winners of the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year.  I was named the winner of the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award.  Terry Hutchinson, who like me graduated from Old Dominion University, was named the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.

I was so excited when I heard the news. I was in the middle of moving house when I got the phone call from US Sailing President Jim Capron telling me I had won.  It has been a long year but one of the best years of my life. This award tops it off.  It's truly an honor to be nominated but to win this prestigious award and to be on the honor roll with so many amazing sailors is awesome!

The awards luncheon will be held at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan at the end of February. Until then I will be training hard and sailing in a couple of regattas. My next event is the US Sailing Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta at the end of January.

Up next though is a trip to Park City to be a keynote speaker at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Winter Meeting.  From there I fly to San Diego to be a part of a panel discussion at the National Sailing Programs Symposium before I head back to Florida to start training with teammate Paige Railey.

Thank you all again for your support throughout this past year, it truly means a lot to me.

Sail hard,
Anna

P.S. GO MONARCHS!!!!!

Strong Start to the ISAF World Cup

Melbourne, Australia - December 21, 2008 - I managed to come out on top of the Laser Radial Class at the Sail Melbourne regatta which finished yesterday after 11 races over the six days of competition. This was the first regatta of the ISAF Sailing World Cup and I am very excited to have won.


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A Hard-Fought Third Place in St. Thomas

Plantation, Fla. - December 8, 2008 - I arrived home last night from a short but tiring match race series in St. Thomas, USVI. The event was the Carlos Aguilar Memorial Match Race Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas Yacht Club. This was the first regatta held in memory of local sailor and match racer Carlos Aguilar who was shot and killed late last year. It was great to be competing in such a fun event in his memory. The event was held right off the sea wall that borders Charlotte Amalie, the main town of St. Thomas. This made for shifty winds, but great spectating.

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