September 11th 2013. By Neil Rabinowitz.

America’s Cup Action Photos

Photographer Neil Rabinowitz was on site for the first two days of America's Cup racing between Oracle USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.

The America’s Cup 2013 is up and running. These photos were taken on days 1 and 2, during racing between Oracle USA, and Emirates Team New Zealand.

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Oracle USA’s crew has to scurry across the tramp in rapid stages on each tack, making the boats extremely physical to sail.

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Oracle and ETNZ cross tacks on the weather leg, shortly after ETNZ claimed the lead.

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The reaching starts and quick acceleration of the AC72s require perfect time and distance judgment, in order to round the first mark ahead.

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Men in Black mean business as they guard the America’s Cup from happy go lucky Kiwi fans.

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It is a wild speed-driven ride aboard these cats, which approach 50 knots.

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Wings do not cause bad air to boats downwind as much as conventional sail plans, and foiling leaves only feathery rooster tails astern, so the boat astern climbs up the leader’s transom in an attempt to pass.

Read about how ETNZ won the right to challenge for the America’s Cup: Louis Vuitton Cup Produces Worthy Challenger



Neil Rabinowitz
YachtWorld Senior Photographer Neil Rabinowitz has photographed and written about all ends of the yachting world—racing, cruising and chartering—from the Caribbean to the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest where he lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Recognized as one of the best, Neil has produced more than 2000 magazine covers and numerous feature stories. He continues to write and photograph for both editorial and advertising clients and has been a contributor to YachtWorld.com since its inception in 1995. View more of his photos on the Neil Rabinowitz website (http://neilrabinowitz.com/).