Louis Vuitton Trophy - Dubai- Images from the Opening

Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker rides a Camel to the opening Ceremony for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta.

Teams were on the water today for the first official practice of the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai regatta and attended the Opening ceremony on Friday.

The breeze was light and the sky hazy; the teams were happy to be back on the water and the scene was being set for two weeks of intense match racing.

Two Emirates team New Zealand yachts – NZL92 and NZL84 - and two supplied by BMW Oracle Racing will be used by all teams.

BMW Oracle skipper James Spithill and Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker sit on either side of the Louis Vuitton Trophy at the Opening Ceremony press conference for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta. 12/11/2010

A second practice day will take place on Saturday and teams start racing in earnest on Sunday.

The regatta opens with round robin one in which each team will race every other team twice in back-to-back matches; in round robin two, which starts on November 21, each team will race every other team once.

Points are accumulated over both rounds robin – one point a win in RR1 and two points a win in RR2. The top four teams go through to the semi-finals.

Semi-finals will be raced on November 25 and the final on the 26th.

Three of the six teams racing have announced their entry for the 34th America's Cup.

Opening Ceremony press conference for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta. 12/11/2010

Team skippers arrive at the opening Ceremony for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta on Camels. 12/11/2010

Roger Duthie from Emirates Airlines, Saeed Hareeb, CEO of the International Marine club and Yves Carcel from Louis Vuitton pose with the Camels at the opening Ceremony for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta. 12/11/2010

Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker parks his Camel at the opening Ceremony for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta. 12/11/2010

Opening Ceremony press conference for the Louis Vuitton Dubai regatta. 12/11/2010
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