Hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club, the Sydney Harbour Regatta is one of the largest, competitive keelboat regattas in Australia. Over the weekend of March 9-10, over 200 keelboats raced in 26 divisions on 10 course areas on Sydney Harbour and Offshore. For the second year running, the event was blessed with beautiful conditions, both days boasting winds of 8-10 knots early on and reaching 16-17 knots by late afternoon. Taking advantage of the gorgeous weather was a highly competitive J/24 class. A good fleet of seven boats participated for the two-day event. Starting off by winning the first race, Dave West’s team on ACE threw down the gauntlet and never let up on the fleet. After two days of racing, Team ACE walked off with four 1sts and two 2nds to dominate the J/24 fleet with a total of 8 points. Giving them a run for the money by winning at least two races was the Scott and Adam Jamieson family team aboard JSPOT, amassing a 3-3-1-3-2-1 scoreline. The JSPOT boys were clearly learning how to sail smarter every race, as evidenced by their 1st in the last race. Brett Hudson’s WILDFIRE was hoping they would be “on fire,” but a last race OCS was not helpful to their overall performance. The Sydney Harbour Regatta was sponsored by leading water sports and technical apparel supplier, Helly Hansen and supported by Sydney Ports, Robert Oatley Vineyards and Sydney City Marine. For more information, visit http://www.shr.mhyc.com.au/.