After a vicious overnight storm in Hervey Bay, competitors headed on to the course but were soon in "survival mode" as the 14 knot wind quickly climbed above the class limit.

After day one, Nico Poons' Charisma was dead last having posted a 7-8, but a final day cancellation saw them take the regatta win and the series title.

Although the race was sailed in a light Easterly breeze, which faded over the latter half of the course, there was no shortage of action and continual lead changes to satisfy the spectators.

In the dramatically different conditions, some came to the fore - none more so than Nico Poons' Charisma which has streaked into the lead.

Captain John Illingworth, Stand Darling, Trygve and Magnus Halvorsen, Syd Fischer, Mick York and Hugh Treharne were inducted into the CYCA’s inaugural Hall of Fame.

His Highness Raja Muda Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah Ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah will race on SHK Scallywag Fuku bld, skippered by Australian, David Witt.

Reigning world champions, Vladimir Prosikhin's Team Nika, are leading at the halfway stage.

Many classes will race; Olympic medallists Mat Belcher/Will Ryan leading the 470 class, while the new Male and Female Sailors of the Year are also racing.

Despite the statistics, the young Rag & Famish Hotel crew has been on the pace throughout the series.

All but two of the 16 boat fleet are preparing for the Launceston to Hobart, Sydney Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart Westcoaster races.

Team Nika and Charisma were called over early at the start, however Team Nika's tactician, Dean Barker, somehow found a way back in, recovering to reach the top mark in third place.

The decision to drop the Finn from the 2024 Olympics is bemoaned as a retrograde step for the sport.

The first competitors have already arrived in Fort de France, where racing will take place on the Baie de Fort de France.

With entries already flowing in for the three major events around Christmas, the time is ripe for competitors to donate.

The China SailGP Team will be helmed by veteran New Zealander Phil Robertson and the crew includes Australian James Wierzbowski as flight controller.