America's Cup: More images from AC45 prototype's first sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America’s Cup - AC45 1st sail

More images from top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the first 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.

The yacht is reported to have exceeded 20kts in speed in a breeze of around 12kts.

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail

16/01/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 1st sail