ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami 2015
London 2012 Paralympic gold medallists Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch (AUS) have taken a win in the SKUD 18 at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami on Friday 30 January
The Paralympic events came to a light wind conclusion in Miami with no racing possible on the last day. Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch made it two ISAF Sailing World Cup SKUD18 victories in a row in Miami. The pair won the Melbourne edition in December and facing new foes, they claimed another scalp.
Fitzgibbon and Tesch put in a strong performance in Miami after the week had started out with a bit of bad luck for the pair when they missed a race due to technical issues with Fitzgibbon’s seat set-up. But already on day two they took the lead and never handed it back winning with a four-point advantage over their closest rivals Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell from Great Britain.
'The start of our week was a bit up and down. We started with a bullet and then suffered some gear failure with my canting seat' Fitzgibbon explained. 'The next two days followed this trend with a good and not so good race, but we got in a couple race wins over the last couple of days. For the upcoming events we will be aiming for a bit more consistency but it’s great to take home another win.'
The Sailing World Cup Miami on Biscayne Bay saw world-class fields in ten Olympic and three Paralympic events including 599 boats and featuring 768 sailors from 63 countries.