Perennial Finn Olympian, Anthony "Nocka" Nossiter (AUS), had to settle for second place in the series, despite two good wins today. Nocka missed a race yesterday, but it made no difference, as promising talent James Patterson (AUS) sailed Wombat to a seven point victory, including three individual race wins. Shaun Wells (AUS) was third.
The Men's Radial featured a massive fleet of 33 boats. Unfortunately, only one race was sailed before the wind died away, leaving Tristan Brown (AUS) in first place, ahead of Luke Elliott and Mark Spearman, also from Australia.
The Laser 4.7 was a close contest between Dylan Gore, Madison Kennedy and Kailas Johnson, all from Australia. Gore won only two of the 10 races, but with a worst placing of sixth in an 18 boat fleet, his consistency was rewarded with a two point win over Kennedy.
The Moth sailors had one eye on the Moth Worlds which will be held on Lake Macquarie in January. When the light, shifting breezes turned to 25 knots plus yesterday, all but the hard-core chose to stay ashore and preserve their equipment.
Scott Babbage (AUS) dominated the event, winning seven of the 12 races for a final score of just 13. In second place was 18ft skiff legend, John Harris (AUS), who put together a solid regatta. He didn't win a race, but was never lower than sixth for a final score of 37, three points clear of Robert Gough (AUS). Internationals missed out on podium places.
The 29er class is one where mixed crews are a regular feature. However, the first two crews in an all-Australian cast were all male, with Byron White and Ashlen Rooklyn triumphing over Lewis Brake/Josh Franklin.
The first mixed crew, Sophie Lahy and Josh Turner were third. In the new 29XX class, which many are hoping will be the Olympic Women's skiff in 2016, Alex and Sam Moloney beat the American skipper Kristen Lane and Aussie crew David O'Connor.
When Sam Kivell decided to take a week off sailing the 470, Sasha Ryan stepped up from the 420 to helm for her brother William Ryan. Sam may regret his decision, as Sasha helmed an excellent regatta to produce four wins and never finished below fourth. They won the class from fellow Aussies and brothers Alexander and Patrick Conway.
There were only three entries in the women's 470, where Hannah Nattrass and Chelsea Hall won every race.
The board sailors experienced the full range of conditions, meaning that the winner would be the best all-round sailor. In the Men's RS:X, Italian Marco Baglioni won three races and placed second in all the others.
Consistency gave the Italian a five point win over promising Australian Luke Baillie, who won four races but included a fourth and fifth in his total. James Levy (AUS) had the disappointment of an OCS in the last race, but still managed 3rd overall.
The Women's event could not have been closer, with Italian Flavia Tartaglini beating Australia's Jessica Crisp on a countback, five wins to four. It all came down to the final race. Crisp started badly, over the line early, forcing her to re-start.
"It looked better on the right, so I went right, but something happened on the left and that's where Flavia was," Crisp said. "The winds died and we had to pump up and down the course. At one stage there were three in between Flavia and me and I fought back to get second, but it wasn't enough."
Tartaglini and multiple Olympians, Crisp and Jannicke Stålstrøm of Sweden, who was third, all share a coach and are travelling to Melbourne together for the World Cup, where this strong on-water rivalry will resume.
The Bic Techno was much more one-sided, with Eamon Robertshaw winning the final six races to claim the crown from Sam Treharne and Luke Baillie's younger brother, Reece Baillie, all representing Australia.
The Paralympic classes were sailed at Rushcutters Bay and attracted a total of 10 boats across two classes.
The 2.4 Metre was won by former windsurfing world champion Olympian Greg Hyde, from Ian Thorpe and Stephen Churm, all of Australia.
In the Skud 18, 2008 Paralympic silver medallists and the winners of the ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta in Weymouth, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox (AUS), were surprisingly relegated to fourth place on a count back - by their Paralympic selection rivals Ame Barnbrook and Lindsay Mason.
Reigning world champions, Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell won all but one of the races to be clear winners from Tim Dempsey and Jan Apel of New Zealand with Barnbrook and Mason third.
This was a Sail Sydney that had everything. The wind ranged from nothing to 26 knots, causing results in most divisions to vary markedly from day to day.
Competitors ranged from Olympians and world champions to beginners, with a guest appearance from the third-ranked Open match racer in the world, Torvar Mirksy and one of his crew Kinley Fowler, who flew in from Malaysia to sail on separate 49ers.
There were Black Flags, collisions, breakages and even a DQ under rule 69 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Spectators were treated to 49ers and Moths racing at more than 20 knots, while at other times boats drifted aimlessly and had to be towed ashore when racing finished.
Every state and territory of Australia was represented, while a big number of internationals from Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Netherlands, Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, Norway, India, Denmark, Canada, Korea and Croatia. It was wonderful to see sailors here from Poland, Cook Islands, Moldova and Slovenia.