September 2016 Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch win Gold Australia’s Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch have become 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. RPAYC Members and Australian defending Paralympic champions and in the SKUD18, Daniel Fitzgibbon & Liesl Tesch conjured up eight convincing wins and two second places leading into the finals. With their near perfect scorecard there was an “contestable” lead which meant the team won the gold. Photo: Australian Sailing Commodore Ian Audsley and GM Suzanne Davies had the pleasure of celebrating the return of Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch back on Aussie soil! Operation Beard Off Raises $11,900 for IdS The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club’s Sailing Coach, Tom Spithill has shaved off his red beard to raise $11, 900 for the Club’s Integrated disAbled Sailing program with all proceeds going to Australia’s Solider On organisation. A crowd of around 300 gathered at the Club to witness the promised spectacle. Food & Beverage Supervisor Sturt Royle donned the shearer’s singlet for the shave and got to work, closely followed by Tom’s girlfriend Rachel, and then followed by longtime beard critic, his mum, Jenny Spithill. Once the Beard was off, an anonymous bid of $1000 was offered on the condition that it was matched by a further $1000 in donations for Tom to shave his head as well. Being the good sport that he is, Tom agreed to the new wager. Well over a $1000 came in and off it came. The grand total raised was $11,900. A fantastic effort by all!