Surprise showing in Largs

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Beijing Gold medallist Anna Tunnicliffe tells us about her brief return to the Laser Radial
One of the surprise entries to the Laser Radial Worlds starting in Largs, Scotland at the end of this week, was the Beijing Gold medallist, Anna Tunnicliffe. Last summer, Tunnicliffe made the move from the Radial into Women’s Match Racing where she has already managed to overhaul her US match racing competitors, including Genevieve Tulloch and Sally Barkow to stand sixth in the current ISAF rankings. To date this season she won the Women’s Match Racing at the Rolex Miami OCR, finished a lowly ninth at Princess Sofia in Palma, but since then has never been off the podium, including a win at the Women’s Grade 1 event in Calpe. So having left the Radial - why is she in Largs? “I decided that I was going to do it back in February,” Tunnicliffe told TheDailySail. “I qualified for the spot, because it was fun and there is nothing in the match race schedule at that time. I get to see my friends again and I really enjoy sailing the boat - it is good and physical.” Tunnicliffe, 27, lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (she is married to Laser turned Moth sailor Brad Funk) so Largs is something of a departure, climate-wise. “It is not raining right now. Yesterday was pretty miserable. We went out sailing, it was really windy and on and off rain. It was okay. It is supposed to be windy until the regatta start then it is supposed to be lighter, unfortunately.” Having stepped out of the Radial almost a year ago, Tunnicliffe did compete at the North American Laser Radial Women's Championship in February, which she won. But she arrived in Largs in good time to get some training in. “I have been sailing here for five or six days already. My goal is to have fun. I’d