The final two races were raced with a light and shifty westerly that never exceeded 6 knots, putting to the test the dragonists’ ability and tactical skills.

Intrigue, which has been racing on the Derwent since 1985, now has a commanding lead in Division 1 AMS, with six wins over the summer.

Abnormally high tides are expected along the coast in the coming days, and heavy rainfall, which may lead to flash flooding, is expected around the peninsula north of Cairns from Tuesday onwards.

A record fleet is tipped for this year’s Bannisters Port Stephens Commodores Cup, with over 70 yachts already entered in the spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions.

Broad entries from around Australia expected after CYCA jumps in first.

Australian championships are forecasting every kind of weather to test the crews.

Victorian women have thrown a challenge to women crews from Australia wide and overseas to join them at the June regatta.

For the last three seasons the International Maxi Association has championed the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge and has now added a six-event inshore circuit to the calendar.

The regatta, first held in 1863 and revived by the proactive Port Cygnet Sailing Club, is one of eight traditional sailing regattas held in southern Tasmanian waters from spring to autumn each year.

The Paradise had capsized in foul weather at a position 480 nm northeast of the Falklands. She righted herself, but two of her eight crewmembers were swept over the side, including the skipper.

Not content that the title had been decided with a day to sapre, Honda Marine came from behind ASCC over the final lap of the course to win the last race of the championship on Sydney Harbour.

Breeze on the final day was fickle at best to start with, and in the early afternoon the northerly just couldn't hold in and the day turned to a complete glass off, forcing race management to send sailors ashore.

Eight wins from 10 starts gave the former Transfusion a 22 point buffer over second-placed Double Black.

The "eccentric" 65-year-old had very little sailing experience but told a fisherman it was "just like driving a car at night", before leaving Falmouth, never to arrive at her destination.

The Kiwis have been a force to be reckoned with at the Championship - one has it stitched up before the final day - others are winning races.