America's Cup: Luna Rossa sails for the first time in the Hauraki Gulf

First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa

Italian America's Cup Challenger, Luna Rossa, was out sailing on the Hauraki Gulf today - just a week after being launched in Auckland.

It was a grey day in Auckland, which started with light winds before the breeze came in to a modest strength - ideal for a first sail.

Luna Rossa was on the water until about 5.00pm for a good day's sailing. The world's top sailing photographer, Carlo Borlengi was on hand to catch the day's action.

Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi


Auckland, New Zealand, 02-11-2012 Luna Rossa AC72 First sailing day in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland-NZ, for AC72 Luna Rossa: the italian challenger for the 34th Americ's Cup In september 2013 in San Francisco. © LUNA ROSSA / Carlo Borlenghi