America's Cup: AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach

Emirates Team NZ has Luna Rossa drop onto her from windward in the prestart- AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze, on March 8.

This set of images covers the start and first reach.

Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor captured the action from a camera position in the carpark at the end of Takapuna Reef, which extends about 150 metres from the shoreline.


Emirates Team NZ slows slightly to let Luna Rossa pass through to leeward - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Emirates Team NZ starts angling for the windward position at the start - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

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The two boats start to accelerate for the start - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Emirates Team NZ keeps clear of Luna Rossa in the final seconds of the prestart - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Emirates Team NZ protects the windward position and is the give way boat on Luna Rossa to leeward- AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

The boats start to turn for the first reach and keep accelerating - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Both boats are now on the first reach and accelerating - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

The boats starts to hit top speed on the reach, but aren’t foiling - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Emierates Team NZ appear to have broken through to windward of the Italian Luna Rossa - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Emirates Team NZ gets through to windward and ahead of Luna Rossa as they near the first turning mark - March 8 2013, ETNZLR - - AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013