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Colman sailed for two weeks under jury rig and ran out of food - he had only two biscuits left on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the yacht owner said, "The yacht will now be handed over to the owner’s project team and will leave Gibraltar shortly."

World Sailing received bids from Mar del Plata, Argentina, Melbourne, Australia and Sanya, China.

New Zealand have won only seven of the 67 JJ Giltinan World 18ft Skiff Championship regattas contested to 2016, the last win by a New Zealand team was in 1974, and no Kiwi team has yet won a championship regatta on Sydney Harbour.

This year’s regatta will include the Sydney 38 OD International Championship, the Sydney 36 Championship and state championships in the Cavalier 28, Yngling and J70 classes

Clean Up Australia founder and round-the-world yachtsman Ian Kiernan says, "We've got to realise that Sydney Harbour or any of our waterways are not parking lots."

After crossing the finish, all boats headed back to Phuket where they celebrated the final prize-giving and dinner at Kan Eang 2 Restaurant overlooking Chalong Bay.

The owner is "astounded" and claims the money owed is under arbitration.

The Val Hodge Trophy is named after one of RYCV’s earliest female boat owners who joined the club in 1985.

After solid first days, Lesie Green and his crew could sail defensively in the fickle Sunday winds.

Opting for just two starts each day – monohulls and multihulls – has proven a successful strategy, getting the boats off early and enjoying the good breeze.

With only one more race to be sailed in the club championship, Smeg leads with 32 points. Coopers 62-Rag & Famish Hotel is next on 58 and Yandoo on 60.

The battle for second is close one with Dark Star and Maserati separated by just one point.

It was a rough night at sea with 11 boats retiring from the race.

The winds caused mayhem on the M32 course with a number of minor incidents throughout the round robin.