The Yachtsman 2017-2018 RPAYC Yachtsman 2016-2017 - Page 41

P A R A LY M P I C S R PAYC’s Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch became the first sailors to win back-to-back Paralympic Gold medals after wrapping up the win in the SKUD18 class in Rio, with two races to spare. Australia’s defending Paralympic champions in the SKUD18, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch had eight wins and two second places on their near perfect scorecard. This gave them an unassailable lead going into the final day of racing. Liesl and I can deal with everything and still come out on top! AUSTRALIA’S DEFENDING CHAMPIONS “We’re loving it!” Said Fitzgibbon at the conclusion of racing. “Liesl and I can deal with everything and still come out on top!” “This is a crazy sport!” Said Tesch. “All those conditions that were getting flung at us out there on the bay meant we had to be adaptable this week and we’ve shown we can deal with anything. We’ve really put in some hard yards in the lead up to Rio, and it’s paid off. YAC H T SMA N 39