laserperformance collegiate cup

Maclaren has had a long commitment to Sailing since its entry into a global sailing sponsorship with the endorsement of three of the world’s top sailors – Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi. The trio, led by Olympic Gold Medallist and US Sailing’s 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe, have recently joined forces to create a world-class racing team now known as Team Maclaren.

Maclaren’s long-lasting support for LaserPerformance began with their sponsorship of the USA Women’s Olympic team. Both brands are leaders in their industry and have a shared commitment to safety, performance and community—so their partnership was foreseeable. With the hopes of drawing together universities teams from around the world, LaserPerformance decided to begin an annual LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup to be hosted at the most well-established Yacht Clubs around the world. To kick off this new venture, LaserPerformance decided their inaugural race should be at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club, the oldest collegiate sailing club in the world.

The LaserPerformance Collegiate Cup was a global gathering of countries representing USA, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Oman, Yale as the host team. On Tuesday, August 24th, nearly 80 university sailors arrived at the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club to warm up and test out the new LaserPerformance Z420 sailboats in a unique and challenging race. Over the course of five days, these young sailors had the opportunity to meet their peers from different countries and share their experiences and ideas. Each team had the ability to participate in a development clinic with top team race coaches in order to acclimate to the boats, venue and racing style. A highlight for many of the sailors was being introduced to Anna Tunnicliffe, the Ambassador of the LPCC who mentored them and taught them the fundamentals of team racing.

Anna Tunnicliffe is an American sailor and a world-class cross-fit competitor. As a member of the 2008 Olympic team she won a gold medal in the Women’s Laser Radial class. Although sailing brought her to Olympic fame, Anna has a long history of athleticism and competitiveness. Since her early days in college, she participated in swimming, cross country and track at the varsity level. She won the 2008 Gold Medal for Women’s One Person Dinghy. In 2009, she won the ISAF Sailing World Cup using the Laser Radial boat. In January 2014, Tunnicliffe announced her retirement from Olympic sailing after 12 years of competition. Having Anna manage the races was very important as it kept all the athletes more structured and organized. For Anna, this event could not have been held at a better time. She mentions “Our Sailing venue here on the bay…has fantastic sound conditions…giving sails a broad range of conditions, it makes for an exciting sailing!”

On the last day of the LPCC, the sailors put their new knowledge and skills to the test in the final race. The excitement in the crowd was electric as the top 3 were determined. In first place was the USA ICSA Women’s All Star Team who works hard to govern all college sailing in the US. Coming in second place was the USA Yale Team and in third came Japan. After the race, there was an award ceremony to celebrate each team’s involvement. France was given the Most Improved Award and Oman was granted the Spirit Award.  Overall, the race was a whirlwind experience!

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Due to Maclaren’s long commitment to LaserPerformance, its communities and encouragement for young talent, Maclaren will continue to be a partner for next year’s event in Torbole, Italy.  The winner of this year’s competition won  an all expense trip to next year’s collegiate cup in Torbole Italy, to race and compete in Lake Garda. It was an honour for Maclaren to take part in these games and looks forward to next year’s LaserPerformance Competition Cup. Congratulations to the USA Women’s Team and to all who competed!