The second day of the Sailing World Cup Melbourne saw more exciting racing across nine Olympic and three Paralympic classes out of the new St Kilda Sailing precinct.

Liesl Tesch & Daniel Fitzgibbon (AUS) Sailing : Skud18 (Two-person keelboat) Weymouth and Portland Paralympics - Summer / London 2012 London England 29 Aug - 9 Sept © Sport the library / David Staley / IFDSPort Phillip welcomed the sailors with a lighter breeze that started out around eight knots and built to 16 for the fleets racing in the afternoon.

Paralympic Gold medallist and 2015 Para World Sailing Champions Daniel Fitzgibbon (NSW) and Liesl Tesch (NSW) continued their winning streak despite yesterday’s two tiring in twenty knot plus breezes.

“It was tough to dig deep and find the energy after such a tough first day on the race course yesterday. We knewwe had to dig deep and Dan and I found what we needed to finish the day with two wins,” Liesl Tesch said.

SKUD18 teammates Ame Barnbrook (NSW) and Brett Pearce (NSW) moved back up into sixth overall.

It’s been an intense two weeks for Australian Sailing’s Paralympic sailors with the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships only wrapping up on Thursday last week.

Australian Sailing’s Sonar Team of Paralympians Colin Harrison (WA), Jonathan Harris (NSW) and Russell Boaden (WA) won the silver medal last week and after starting out with a third and second place in yesterday’s racing, the team was back to its winning form, two race wins securing them the overall lead.

“It was a much more stable racetrack and the racing was really enjoyable, especially with a couple of race wins. The crew is feeling really positive two days into the regatta,” skipper Colin Harrison said.

“We’re expecting a lot of wind tomorrow so we’re not sure how that’s going to pan out. With only two days left we’ll just have to take every opportunity to get out there and race.”

Last week’s bronze medallist Matt Bugg (TAS) moved up into second overall after a strong day posting a third and first. Neil Patterson (TAS) follows in 11th.

All of Australian Sailing’s Paralympic are contesting the World Cup after securing three medals at the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships (28 November – 3 December 2015) in Melbourne last week.

Racing will resume on Friday, 11 December from 12:00 (470M/W, 49er/FX, Finn, 2.4mR) followed by the afternoon session from 14:30 (Laser, Laser Radial, RSX, SKUD18, Sonar). With strong wind forecast this schedule will be confirmed in the morning.

By the Australian Sailing Team
Posted: 11/12/2015