RESULTS UPDATE: Hamilton Island-based boat Rhumbmaid has the edge over fellow Whitsunday boat and current second-place holder, High Tide.

High Tide finished in fifth place in today's race but still manages to hang on to second place after four races.

No surprises in the IRC Division A field. Karl Kwok's Beau Geste leads after six races from Ichi Ban and Secret Men's Business rounds out the top three boats.

Ichi Ban had a cracker of a day on the water and crossed the line less than five minutes behind national series leader Beau Geste.

Wild Oats XI took line honours in race 6 on Friday but was relegated to 8th position on handicap, she currently holds 8th place in the IRC Division A series and 6th place in the ORCiO Division A series.

INITIAL:

PERFECT conditions met sailors on the second last day of Australia's biggest off shore sailing Regatta: Audi Hamilition Island Race Week.

For moments the sun threatened to shine on Whitsunday waters but the for the majority of the day the fleet was hemmed in on all sides by grey sky.

Trade winds blowing from the SSE and between 12 and 15 knots were described as moderate by champion sailor and sailing photographer Nic Douglass.

"The conditions we saw today were some of the best we have seen all week," she said.

"There was plenty of breeze so all the boats could get roofing along, all of the sailors will be really happy."

After the forced lay-day on day three due to Mother Nature's failure to deliver sailable conditions the feeling of the breeze in your hair and ocean spray in your face was a welcome sensation for most.

Though skipper of local Hamilton Island boat Rhumbmaid, Stuart Green, said the stronger conditions did not favour the smaller boats.

"I don't think we did that well today. We like the lighter stuff," he said.

Rhumbmaid and Airlie Beach based boat High Tide have been locked in a close fought battle for the trailable yacht trophy.

"They are our biggest rival."

The three owners of Rhumbmaid collectively have sailed more than half a million miles in the Whitsundays and the local knowledge is certainly paying off.

"The two races we have won we have won by nine and eight minutes respectively," he said.

"We know then like the back of our hands, it's great to have the advantage where the tide is good and where the wind shadows are."

Green said Hamilton Island is the number one event on his calendar.

"Being local guys we just love it," he said.

Douglass said she had travelled from Cowes in the UK to cover Hamilton Island Race Week and it was the high light of her year.

"There is so many people out there with different abilities and they are all here having a fantastic time enjoying being on the water, "she said.

"In the trailable division maybe it's not as serious as Wild Oats and Scallywag.

"(But) when you come to a sailing event you basically come with your crew and they become your family, and you get so close to those people that when you come to Hamilton Island Race Week you bump into people you have sailed with previously. Being on the island can be like a massive reunion."


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