America's Cup: Big week of racing for Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa

Emirates Team New Zealand bears away at the first mark in a practice race with Luna Rossa on the Hauraki Gulf.

It has been a big week of racing with Luna Rossa for the Emirates Team New Zealand sailing team on the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland.

Four days sailing and racing is not just hard on the sailors, the shore crew plays a vital role in keeping the highly tuned racing machine in race mode for each days sailing.

Team tactician Ray Davies appreciates just how valuable it is to line up against some actual opposition to focus the team and experience the pressure of match racing the AC72 flying machines to be fully race ready by the time the Louis Vuitton Cup regatta starts in just four months time.

See Martin Tasker's report on Television NZ's prime time news, below





Emirates Team New Zealand on the first reaching leg of a practice race with Luna Rossa on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand in a practice race with Luna Rossa on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa on the first reaching leg of a practice race on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa start a practice race on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa start a practice race on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa start a practice race on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Luna Rossa in a practice race with Emirates Team New Zealand on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand in a practice race with Luna Rossa on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand enters the start box for a practice race with Luna Rossa on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

CC130308-087 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand bears away at the first mark in a practice race with Luna Rossa on the Hauraki Gulf. 8/3/2013 - Emiratres Team NZ and Luna Rossa, Practice Racing March 8, 2013, Takapuna, NZNZ