America’s Cup sailor Paul Campbell-James has announced he will be flying the English flag as the first international team to confirm their participation in this Summer’s SuperFoiler Grand Prix.

The stars of tomorrow showed their skills in blustery conditions off Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, completing four days of intense competition.

Although the crews have finally got some downwind sailing, the sudden change brought winds of up to 78 knots, electrical activity and squally downpours.

A fleet of up to 300 yachts big and small will take off from Williamstown in a mass start of the largest keel boat regatta in the southern hemisphere, the Festival of Sails.

Designed and built back in the 1970s to then international IOR rating rule, these former ‘half tonners’ and ‘one tonners’ turn out each summer.

Four male divisions remain delicately poised after a challenging penultimate day.

Gordon Ingate has won the Dragon class Australian championship for the fourth time, at the age of 91.

Youth World 420 champions, Otto Henry/Rome Featherstone, came away with two bullets from two races to continue their lead in the class.

Crowned 420 Youth world champions in China, Otto Henry and Rome Featherstone won two from three races today to be leading the 420 fleet.

Graeme Taylor’s crew pulled through the fleet to cross the line third and take the 2018 Etchells Australian Championship in the final race.

The virtual AIS system cautions spectator and race official boats of the racecourse boundaries, helping them keep the course clear and improve safety.

A race as part of Foiling Week went badly wrong when the Kiwis cartwheeled on the start line and Nathan Outteridge's crew had an unplanned swim - after some high-flying by Iain Jensen.

Not so much wind today and a little cooler but the fleet of 32 Etchells left the dockside for two windward/leeward races of 1.5nm legs in a short, steep swell rolling in towards the harbour.

Young French skipper Achille Nebout, sailing Le Reservoir/Mazet & Associase, brilliantly won the 2018 World championship for the SB20 one-design sports boat class on Hobart’s River Derwent.

Principal Race Officer David Brookes said he expected conditions to be favourable for most of the regatta.