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.

The J Class will compete in Bermuda during the America's Cup before heading to Newport RI for the world championship.

There was plenty of drama on the race track with five protests and one collision by the end of the day.

Race One will be sailed on Saturday February 25 and will be streamed live.

Australians figured in the placings but Russia was the only country to head two divisions.

With one day to go, most divisions are still wide open.

High winds feature in the long range outlook for Sunday, up to 28 knot southerlies.

Bright sunshine and a delightful, steady 10 to 12 knot breeze made racing a joy for all divisions.