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Swuzzlebubble was the clear winner, but the battle for second went down to the wire.

With results so close, the exciting final race was played out in high winds.

High winds and big waves made for exhilarating upwind planing, fast screaming reaches and capsizes.

The Kiwi has spent more time at the top spot than any other sailor and has been in the top five for the past seven years.

Another first and second place on Thursday saw Swuzzlebubble start the coastal course with a commanding nine-point advantage.

Cailin Winchcombe and Zac Littlewood are locked in a personal battle for top Aussie, at 15th and 16th place.

“This is the best regatta in Australia – that’s why we keep coming back and will continue to do so.”

Lawrence pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole various other sailing artifacts and builder’s plates from the Wianno Yacht Club, Osterville Historical Museum and boatyards in Barnstable.

Sadly, the breezy conditions that Airlie Beach Race Week is known for, has been mostly lacking, meaning these normally fast boats are deprived the opportunity of flying one hull at warp speed.

The duo head a strong contingent of Australians in action over the next week at regattas in Japan, The Netherlands and Hungary.

Sons of all three skippers from Australia’s victorious 1967 team will be sailing on their fathers’ yachts during the three days of racing.

A string of misfortunes befell the men who mocked the banana superstition - including their tinnie sinking.

Three people were sailing in the 18ft dinghy Myrtle when it capsized north of the Governor buoy during the first round of the Carrick Fleet race.

Victoria will field a strong fleet of 11 Coutas, transported two-by-two to Sydney on B-Double trucks, while WA will have two entries.

With the Fastnet Race ticked off, the next goal is the Sydney Hobart.