2012 07 27 (04ce) ETNZ's Base @ Viaduct Harbour-a55v-09
2012 .. This is the base of "Emirates Team New Zealand" .. They have launched a 72 foot wing-sailed catamaran to contest the "Louis Vuitton" challenge series and if successful they will race against USA's Oracle for the "America's Cup" in San Francisco in 2013 ..
Sony dSLT a55v at 1/640 200iso with Sony 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DT lens at 26mm f9.0
Of the three challengers and one defender New Zealand is the first to launch an AC72 and they will launch a second so that they can have two boat trialing prior to the event ..
"Emirates Team New Zealand" is the only fully professional team to challenge for the America's cup .. They finance their activities via sponsorship much like some of the motor racing teams .. other teams involved in the America's Cup are dependent on the backing of wealthy owners ..