With one day of sailing behind them at this IFDS Sailing World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the Australian team of Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch are tied with the Italian team of Marco Guadalandris and Marta Zanetti in the SKUD18 class. In the race for bronze, British sailors Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell have a one point lead over the local team of John McRoberts and Jackie Gay.
Fitzgibbon and Tesch are reigning Paralympic gold medalists. Fitzgibbon also has a silver medal from the Beijing Games. The pair partnered for sailing in 2010 after Fitzgibbon saw Tesch on an SBS television program about sailors with disabilities competing at the famed Sydney to Hobart sailing race.
Guadalandris is from Avas Lovere and Zanetti is from Alto Adriatico. The pair have previously won the world championships and the European championships. Earlier in the year, they competed at the Italian championships, Campionato Italiano della Vela Accessibile, an event they won last year. They finished fifth at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
In other classes, Germany’s Heiko Kroeger is first in the 2.4 mR, while France’s Kevin Cantin is second, Great Britain’s Helena Lucas is third and Canadian Bruce Miller is fourth. In the Sonar, GBR-1 is first, Canada is second, and the United States is third.
Sailing continues today and every day until Saturday.