Louis Vuittton Cup: Highlights of Races 4 + 5 by Chuck Lantz

Luna Rossa nose-dives on the way to the finish in race 5. - America’s Cup 2013

Blue skies prevailed along with bright sun for two good races between Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa.

Emirates Team NZ won both the fourth and fifth races of the challenger elimination series.

No major problems were experienced with either boat, and much closer races than anything seen previously in the Lousi Vuitton Cup, made for a good day all around.

Even Max Sirena of Luna Rossa had a few smiles as he recounted the race details for the media a few minutes after the finish of Race 5.

Sirena's boat looked good out there, and but for a few tactical decisions, Luna Rossa might have prevailed.

Luna Rossa nose-dives on the way to the finish in race 5. - America's Cup 2013

Louis Vuitton Cup: Classic crossing shot, with the Golden Gate bridge in the background

Louis Vuitton Cup, Race 5 start. - Louis Vuitton Cup 2013

Emirates Team NZ crosses the finish line in race 5. - America's Cup 2013

Luna Rossa, looking good, but the NZ boat was better. - America's Cup 2013

Louis Vuitton Cup Finals 5 - America’s Cup 2013

Emirates Team NZ crew scrambles across the trampoline preparing for a gybe. - America's Cup 2013

Emirates Team NZ climbs uphill in race 5, leading Luna Rossa. - America's Cup 2013

Luna Rossa dunks a hull as they round the first mark of race 5. - America's Cup 2013

Emirates Team NZ with almost a boat-length lead at the first mark of race 5. - America's Cup 2013

Emirates Team NZ noses out Luna Rossa and takes the inside at the first mark. - America's Cup 2013

Luna Rossa heads towards the San Francisco city front in race 5. - America's Cup 2013