America’s Cup: The New Zealand team looks good in its first official training

The defenders’ team in the America and New Zealand Cup won a title The first official practice on the new AC75 boats En route on Tuesday though British competitors were early casualties.

Regatta director Ian Murray called the session Tuesday afternoon in fresh northwesterly winds with the New Zealand team advancing first at 3.10pm, with the starting zone having three training sessions.

Teams are officially allowed to engage the opposition for the first time with the Round E area, located off Bucklands shore, that has been selected for a historic moment.

The New Zealand team and Luna Rossa close close during the Copa America training in Auckland.

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The New Zealand team and Luna Rossa close close during the Copa America training in Auckland.

Kiwis had the New York Yacht Club American Magic with them for a series of starting routines, and invaluable training for one of the key areas in racing coordination.

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Getting off the line neatly and precisely would be vital, given the high speeds of these 75-foot monolithic balls.

American Magic has had one anxious moment when the AC75 Patriot dubs through a tight bend. In general, they seemed comfortable with their maneuvers, which is testament that they spent most of the time in second-generation boats, although the Americans may have shown they had a speed issue.

New Zealand's AC75 Te Rehutai looks sharp during the official Copa America training sessions.

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New Zealand’s AC75 Te Rehutai looks sharp during the official Copa America training sessions.

American Magic, Luna Rossa and INEOS Team UK had starting area rights in a three-hour session scheduled to end at around 6pm, although the British Syndicate was experiencing some unspecified issues.

They return to their base just after 5 p.m. which is their allotted time on their training start line.

It was a blow to Sir Ben Ainsley’s team who had a Britannia II on so many days over the past month amid whispers of trouble with the new boat.

This was a missed opportunity and there are no more opportunities to test crew and equipment in real racing situations before the real competition.

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Defenders and Challengers got a chance to practice some of their routine races in Auckland.

There were no races as such, although the teams were able to take turns in the course and had the first opportunity to get some real data from their opponents’ boats.

Kiwis regularly showed good altitude and flight speed in winds of 10-18 knots, was hauled in American Magic in one stage and worked at close range with arch-rival Luna Rossa who looked great downwind.

Luna Rossa is an official in the official training of the Copa America.

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Luna Rossa is an official in the official training of the Copa America.

But dealing with comparative performance at this early stage remains difficult as teams are still trying different equipment.

Aside from the British, the teams will have gained confidence from their first low-profile hit. All their moments in exchanges around the starting area.

Murray decided to use Course E, better known as “The Paddock,” due to its relative isolation, in order to avoid a large spectator fleet.

The teams were using the day as a shorthand for a regular day’s race as a busy schedule loomed over the next three months.

They left their Oakland base after 1pm to head out into the stadium area and were doing their warm-ups before being called into the starting area.

The New Zealand and American Magic team at the Copa America training session during the official session on Tuesday.

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The New Zealand and American Magic team at the Copa America training session during the official session on Tuesday.

Much of the session was about Murray and the race officials testing their racing systems as well as giving TV broadcasters a chance to work through their complex systems.

There will be another training session on Thursday afternoon.

Training races are scheduled to take place on the next Friday, Monday and Tuesday before the first official race that begins Thursday, December 17, the opening day of the four-day World Series and the Christmas Cup race.

New Zealand and Luna Rossa are participating in a drag race during the official Copa America training.

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New Zealand and Luna Rossa are participating in a drag race during the official Copa America training.

Luna Rossa is under the pump during the official America's Cup training in Auckland.

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Luna Rossa is under the pump during the official America’s Cup training in Auckland.

The AC75 Patriot from American Magic paddles while training on the starting line during the official American Cup training.

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The AC75 Patriot from American Magic paddles while training on the starting line during the official American Cup training.

American Magic rises high during the official America's Cup training session.

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American Magic rises high during the official America’s Cup training session.

New Zealand and American Magic in the quarter-finals during the official Copa America training.

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New Zealand and American Magic in the quarter-finals during the official Copa America training.

T. Riotai from Team New Zealand during the official training session on Tuesday.

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T. Riotai from Team New Zealand during the official training session on Tuesday.

New Zealand team during the American Cup training session.

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New Zealand team during the American Cup training session.

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