America's Cup- AC72 at Takapuna Beach - the Start and first Reach

Emirates Team NZ has Luna Rossa drop onto her from windward in the prestart- AC72 Race Practice - Takapuna March 8, 2013

Two challengers for the 34th America's Cup, Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa, had several practice racing sessions off Takapuna Beach, in a fresh offshore breeze, on March 8.

This set of images covers the start and first reach.

Sail-World's NZ and America's Cup Editor captured the action from a camera position in the carpark at the end of Takapuna Reef, which extends about 150 metres from the shoreline.