America's Cup: AC 45 has no problems at top of wind range

Auckland (NZL) - 34th America’s Cup - AC45 trials

Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the second sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour.

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.

Conditions today were a SW (offshore) breeze of 15-25kts, in which the AC45 was able to achieve speed of 14-16kts upwind and up to 30kts downwind.

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 trials