Australians Matt Jerwood, Torvar Mirsky and David Gilmour all made it into the semi-finals.

Communities between Cape Tribulation and Proserpine should prepare for a potential crossing anytime between late Sunday and early Tuesday, but the most likely scenario is for the cyclone to make landfall between Cairns and Townsville on Monday.

Earlier in the day Steve Thomas, also of Royal Perth Yacht Club, had become a giant slayer, eliminating Tour Card holder Nicolai Sehested in three straight races, to join yesterday’s local qualifiers David Gilmour and Matt Jerwood.

With a solid 15 – 20 knots of breeze in a sea state that resembled that of a dishwasher, sailors needed to strategise how best to complete the near 30 mile passage race to Botany Bay and back.

District Shift Supervisor Jesse Mowat said the skipper of the boat admitted to police he had been drinking, however couldn't confirm if alcohol had caused the incident.

"Communities in North Queensland should begin their preparations now, stay tuned for the latest official forecasts and warnings from the Bureau and follow the advice of local emergency services."

Williams and his GAC Pindar Team were never really in the game, with Matt Jerwood’s Redline Racing leading all three races from start to finish.

Tomorrow it is all match racing and the elimination of eight further teams, with the finals being sailed on Saturday.

The Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy was run as an 'around the sticks' course using RMYS permanent club marks placed around the northern end of Port Phillip Bay.

The Swan River’s Freshwater Bay sparkled in the sunshine through the morning, with a good easterly breeze making for a great spectacle in the early races.

The series will be sailed at Lane Cove over the Easter period and a new job has been donated for the first Cherub on handicap.

About Time has now won an astounding 10 series from 13 attempts (five of them successively) missing out by one point last year to Midnight Rambler.

Since departing Sydney in May 2016, more than 500 young people have developed important leadership and life skills as part of the youth development program conducted onboard.

Britain’s Ian Williams won this event last year, and is back to defend his title.

The club’s Season Point Score (for handicap section of each race throughout the entire season) came down to the last race with Yandoo (John Winning, Cameron McDonald, Mike Kennedy) taking out the title by 17 points from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers.