America's Cup: Images from the Viaduct Harbour launching ceremony

July 21, 2012 America’s Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Emirates Team NZ’s AC72 in front of the crowded Viaduct Events Centre

Emirates Team NZ's AC72 was launched in Auckland's Viaduct harbour as fans packed all the vantage points around the Viaduct Events Centre.

After being christened by Mandy Barker, the first AC72 launched in the world, was ringed by fire, and then the fans were treated to a short fireworks display (not a great idea around a 40metre tall wingsail in a fresh breeze!)

The SkyTower in Auckland was dressed in red light for the occasion.

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Fans behind Official Party as they receive the Maori Challenge

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Awaiting the arrival of the Official Party

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland.

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. The AC72 features a 14mtr beam and is expected to regularly hit speeds of 40kts

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Emirates Team NZ is sponsored mostly by international corporates

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Trebuchet holding the launching wine in position

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Fireworks after the yacht is named New Zealand

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Fireworks follow the namimg ceremony. The Sky Tower is dressed in red

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Fireworks after the yacht is named New Zealand

July 21, 2012 America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ Launch at the Viaduct Harbour, Auckland. Emirates Team NZ's AC72 is surrounded by fire.