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A winner-take-all match race for $US1 million is the prize, with Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge likely to be the skippers who battle for the loot.

Using the feel of the wind on their faces, angle of the hull and the gurgling sound of the water rippling down the side, the totally blind skipper and main sheet trimmer, Erin McGlew, improved immensely over the course of the regatta.

From 1 October 2019, registration remains required but boaties will be welcome to remove their current labels and will never have to worry about them again.

Seven major Laser regattas will be held, with many sailors expected to line up in more than one event.

As many as 150 sailors from around Victoria and interstate will participate in the four-day annual event which will be held from September 21 to September 24.

The Dragon’s story has included selection for six Olympic Games from 1948 to 1972 and the active participation of many of the world’s greatest sailors, as well as members of the Royal families of Britain, Greece, the Netherlands and Denmark

The team’s first practice session delivered a glimpse of what to expect when Australia takes on the five other nations at Marseille, which will conclude with a show stopping $1 million, winner-take-all match race.

Thirty-five yachts will compete in the 92-nautical-mile dash from Sydney to Flinders Islet, south-east of Wollongong, and back.

It all came down to the final race, as it should. Two teams of accomplished and motivated amateur sailors from opposite corners of the globe battling on a lumpy, windy Narragansett Bay.

With the final day cruelled by lack of wind, five Australians managed top three results in their respective categories.

The boat came ashore near 64th Place after its two operators lost control of it, resulting in a broken mast and other damage

The final day of the Farr 40 social regatta commenced with an abandoned race offshore before moving inside the harbour where Rob Reynolds’ Exile led their way to victory.

Every race day, Steve Harrison and his crew have driven from Dover to Hobart and four times they have gone home winners of Division 2.

The stakes are high and history will be written in the Mediterranean port of Marseille.

This was the second win of the season for Ernesto Bertarelli’s team following their victory at the GC32 World Championship in Lagos, Portugal in June.