Luke Elliott and Matt Wearn are leading the Australian charge in the Laser, in fifth and sixth respectively.

The Cruising class stretched their legs over a 26nm passage race, while the IRC and Multihull classes completed a windward/leeward first before being sent chasing the cruisers through the northern channel.

Staged jointly on Sydney Harbour by the SASC, RSYS and CYCA, the racing will be held over three days on December 1, 2 and 3 to celebrate the famous victory of Mercedes III, Balandra and Caprice of Huon at Cowes in 1967.

After a lively opening party last night at Zico's Brazilian Grill & Bar, complete with Brazilian dancers, sailors were welcomed with a fresh 12 knots and sunny skies on Day 1 off Chaweng Beach.

Funds raised will be used to provide training to interested young people and the program will incorporate construction of Firebug Dinghies and learning to sail.

The Finn World Masters follows on almost immediately after the OKs, for a double world championship extravaganza.

The leaderboard was so tight across the seven classes of one designs and level rating boats that in many, discards decided the outcome.

Coming into the final day with a two-point advantage proved invaluable for Platoon.

Invictus, McFly and Marvel revelled in the big breeze to win all their races today.

A two-point lead on the penultimate day may be just enough for Platoon to claim her first world title.

The day belonged to Stewart Whitehead's green hulled flying machine after winning today's first two races before being beset with jib halyard problems.

Fifty five year-old Argentinian Santiago ‘Santi’ Lange, the 2016 Nacra gold medallist has received the highest accolade.

The change of date in 2017 delivered lower entry numbers and some very clear feedback.

After a first day of good sailing on a magnificent Port Douglas race track, the second day dawned with grey skies and the, fulfilled, promise of rain.

Quantum Racing seized their opportunity when the breeze went light and funky in the lee off Cerboli island and in two short tacks were able to wriggle past the momentarily stricken Provezza.