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The title holders, Honda Marine, had a weekend to forget, with capsizes and gear breakages and they failed to make the start line for the final two races due to their rudder gudgeon exploding.

Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne in Not Your Average Rockstars are in the box seat to clinch another national title.

The boat was en-route to Jamaica and New Orleans when it crashed off a tiny Scottish island, unleashing 28,000 cases of whisky, several barrels of bank notes - and a story that has endured to this day.

The athletes selected in the team will go on to represent Australia at the 2019 Youth Sailing World Championships to be held in Gdynia, Poland in July this year.

The reigning World Match Racing Champion will face three former winners as well as the current Youth and Women's match racing champions.

Consistency again proved valuable for Heather Macfarlane and Chris Payne, coming home with a sixth and a third to join their opening two race wins and maintain a four-point lead over second place.

Crews were buzzed by the Chinese SailGP 50 footer and had to concentrate hard on the job at hand.

Frederike Loewe and Anna Markfort (GER) had a bad start in the 470 final but picked a last-minute shift that won them gold.

The Dutch team beat locals Alpha Racing 3-0 in the final.

The two-day championship attracted 83 entries as the fleet gathers at Wakatere Boating Club, on Auckland’s North Shore, ahead of next week’s world championship.

The pair will impart their knowledge on ocean sustainability and ocean health – the 11th Hour Racing message – and how individuals can make small changes that add up to a big impact when we are sailing.

Competition is expected to be fierce with the club hosting the worlds in 3 years.

Three classes finished its World Cup in Miami with Aussie Nacra 17 crew winning gold.

Tom Quick credits his three female crew for getting them to the top of the heap.

Just a couple of weeks away until we see these souped-up AC50s fly for the first event.