The New Zealand team of Alex Vallings, Josh McCormack and Peter Burling on C-Tech took the Invitation Race, the Eric Bowen Memorial Trophy, at the 18ft Skiff JJ Giltinan Championship which start Saturday on Sydney Harbour.
Defending champions and favourite to retain the title, Gotta Love It 7 of Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris, finished second after a stressful week waiting for the outcome of repairs being made to their badly damaged hull last Sunday. racing for the championship starts Saturday.
The two British teams entred for the championship, Team Pica and The Black Dog, did not take part in the pre-event race.
16 February 2013 8:54 GMT