The 9th and final race of the Australian 18-footer championship came to an end yesterday in Sydney. In shifty winds of around 15 knots, the duel for the title was already decided at the start in favour of tech2 (Jack Macartney/Charlie Wyatt/Lewis Brake AUS) after their last remaining opponent smeg (Michael Coxon AUS) made a premature start. —– With the successful defence of their title, tech2 moved on top of the list of favourites for the unofficial 18-Footer World Championship, starting in two weeks from now. The New Zealanders, JJ Giltinan Trophy winners in the past two years, will not be at the start due to the Corona restrictions. Besides tech2 and smeg, Winning Group (John Winning jr/Seve Jarvin/Sam Newton AUS), first-ranked yesterday, can also fancy their chances of grasping the JJ Giltinan Trophy. —– For now, racing continues next Friday with the Super Cup, featuring past World Champions, Olympic medallists, Americas Cup and Ocean Race veterans. —– The report and the video replay of yesterdays race.