America's Cup: AC72's line up in Auckland - at the windward mark

Luna Rossa approaches on starboard, off Milford Beach - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013

Emirates Team New Zealand and the Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa were out race training again, off Auckland's North Shore.

Sail-World's camera caught this sequence as the two AC72's rounded a windward mark, went through the 'Zone of Death' and headed downwind.

Winds were recorded in the early afternoon as averaging 20kts gusting 25kts, at the entrance to Auckland harbour, and 25kts average gusting 30 at the outer end of the 2000/2003America's Cup course area.

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NZA has just rounded and is accelerating through the "Zone of Death" - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013

NZA has just rounded and is accelerating through the "Zone of Death" - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013

NZA has rounded with Luna Rossa approaching - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013

Luna Rossa closes in on the mark with NZA to windward - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013

NZA piles on the pace and digs her bow in after rounding the top mark - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013

NZA has rounded and is accelerating through the "Zone of Death" - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013
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NZA is around in front by a handy margin with Luna Rossa tacking to round. Big bury of the bow as ETNZ accelerates through the "Zone of Death" - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013
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About three boat lengths from the mark, NZA is now foiling and away down the run with Luna Rossa yet to round - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa Race Training - March 6, 2013
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