America's Cup: AC45 sails in Auckland on Day 3

Oracle Racing take the first AC45 out for a test sail in the Waitamata harbour, Auckland. 20/1/2011

Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand today to capture the third day of trialing of the prototype AC45 in Auckland. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.

Lighter winds prevailed today.

Each team will be required to own at least one of the AC45 yachts which will be used for competition in the new America's Cup World Series of 13 regattas which will precede the 34th America's Cup.

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Oracle Racing take the first AC45 out for a test sail in the Waitamata harbour, Auckland. 20/1/2011

Oracle Racing take the first AC45 out for a test sail in the Waitamata harbour, Auckland. 20/1/2011

Oracle Racing take the first AC45 out for a test sail in the Waitamata harbour, Auckland. 20/1/2011