America's Cup 2000

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Here's a shot of Italy's Luna Rossa just after being lowered into the water.


This is the Team New Zealand "B" team on their way out to the race course.  As the series went on we quickly realized that the NZ "B" Team was probably as good as any other syndicates "A" team.

This is Team New Zealand sailing past the spectator fleet during one of the many postponements.

One look at this photo tells you that this is right at the start of a race.  This is the only time Italy ever got out in front of Team NZ.  Team NZ lead at every mark of every race.  Pretty impressive.

Here's a leeward mark rounding.  Team NZ is already going up wind while Prada is in the middle of a takedown.



This is just after Team NZ crossed the finish line of the final race. If you look closely you can see that their spinnaker pole is broken in half.  I guess they can be forgiven for not executing a text book takedown given the circumstances.

Here is Prada's Luna Rossa being towed in after losing the America's Cup series.

Team New Zealand had a hell of a fleet following them in after sweeping the AC series 5-0.

You have to look pretty closely at the powerboat in the middle of the photo, but that is the America's Cup being escorted around Viaduct Basin following the awards presentation.

The victory parade included all kinds of things including a fleet of about a dozen Ferraris.  Here are a few of them preparing to get into parade formation.


This is a picture of Sir Peter Blake, head of the Team New Zealand syndicate, standing near the America's Cup before the parade started.

This is a more close up view of the cup.