The Queenslanders led from the start but the second cross, when Wild Oats refused to give way, looked close enough to end in the protest room. Read more
The Australian 420 boys and mixed Nacra 15 crews are in second place in their respective classes after the first day.
Cooper’s crew regular Nick Corkhill and international sailor ‘’Twirler’’ Jones, a six times world champions sailor in the Mumm 30 class, certainly proved a major factor in their success.
Belcher and Ryan were one of the standouts for Australia on a day which ended with New Zealand crews leading in three of the seven Olympic classes.
Black Jack and Wild Oats will go head-to-head in a preview of the Rolex Sydney Hobart start.
Michele Zambelli was rescued from the nine-metre Illumia 12 on June 11 by the Canadian Coast Guard 650km southeast of Newfoundland.
The fleet raced around a short triangle course in front of the city, before being freed to sprint off towards Australia.
Brett Cooper began the day by sailing Aeolus to the overall lead with his fourth win of the regatta, followed by two seconds. However, Michael Cooper then through down the gauntlet, steering Export Roo to a second place and two wins.
A perfect summer day, a 15knots North-East breeze provided the setting for a sensational race which 'had it all'.
Jeff Carter and his crew rolled across the finish line first in all four races.
A lack of breeze meant a postponed start of 15 minutes but at 1115hrs the racing was underway with the two supermaxis, Wild Oats XI and Black Jack heavily engaged in a tense game of cat and mouse.
Gough and Cooper’s positions at the top of the leader board in the 35 boat fleet have been made easier after four rivals were BFD (Black Flag), meaning instant disqualification.
Tom and Kevin Whitcraft’s team was third this afternoon, but had already done enough to be declared 2017 champions and successful defenders of the title.
Patrice and Wild Oats XI made the best of the light airs, Oats getting the better of Black Jack in what is set to be an ongoing rivalry.
Jeff Carter’s Edake is just one point clear after a day of racing on lumpy seas.