WILLIAMSON took the first match comfortably but in match two, SHORT attacked vigorously from behind on the run to the finish forcing WILLIAMSON to reach back and forward across the bay under spinnaker to defend his lead and avoid being rolled. In the third match the pair came off the line relatively even with WILLIAMSON two boatlengths to windward in a right hand phase. Thirty seconds later the breeze moved back to the left and SHORT closed up and moved ahead bouncing WILLIAMSON away repeatedly to the right. Towards the top SHORT decided to take his stern to get across to the right and gain the starboard inside advantage coming in to the mark but it proved his undoing as two tacks later WILLIAMSON led around the mark and extended to take the race without further challenge.
In the petit-final Josh JUNIOR (NZL) from Royal Port Nicholson defeated the other RNZYS crew led by 2007 "Coke Cup" winner Phil ROBERTSON (NZL) from RNZYS.
At the presentation function event patron Robin WILTSHIRE-NEWMAN awarded the "Rockin Robin" memorial trophy to the RNZYS team whilst Harken Australia CEO Carl WATSON announced that they would be back again for their 11th year of sponsorship in 2008.
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