Australia's Dan Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch have won the 2014 IFDS World Championship in the SKUD 18.
Eleven races were completed for the SKUD fleet and the final result could not have been closer. Fitzgibbon & Tesch finished on equal points with Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrell (GBR) but had 4 race wins to the Brits 3. Third overall was the Italian team of Marco Gualandris & Marta Zanetti, 7 points behind Team GBR. Canada and the USA were fourth and fifth respectively.
The regatta was characterised by inconsistent results, with all the top teams needing to drop some poor placings.
As a result of this regatta, it is anticipated that Australia, Great Britain, Italy, Canada and the United States will have qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Sailing Competition along with host nation Brazil.
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