The ‘Grand Finale’ between the two mighty Contenders – Mark Bulka and Jason Beebe.

Two races were planned but light winds hampered the format so only one was held leaving Jason requiring at least five places to retain the title.

Beebe came off the start line like a bullet but close behind shadowing was Mark Bulka. By the gybe mark Mark was second and closing the gap fast.

Criss-crossing each over the beat, the local McCrae Yacht Club sailor took the lead and never looked back until crossing the finish line. The new 2018 Contender World Champion, Mark Bulka, was crowned by his fellow club member and Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup skipper Glenn Ashby.

Final results available at and videos by VR Sport Media.

Results –

The start of the final race. Photos: VR

The start of the final race. Photos: VR