There are three challengers.
From Italy, Prada Pirelli.
From the USA, Airbus American Magic
From the UK INEOS Team UK.
Team Pirelli from Italy at speed on Auckland Harbour, with the Waitakere Ranges in the background.
Team Airbus USA charges at a buoy on Auckland Harbour.
Still trying to regain the trophy they lost 160 years ago, INEOS Team UK going through its paces at Hobson Bay.
We're told that over the past few months, Luna Rossa have shown an ability to dominate in the lower wind range, Prada Cup favorite American Magic look better downwind, and INEOS Team UK have shown good speed in a decent breeze but has been horribly exposed in light airs.
Prada Cup Schedule
Remember, the following schedule is New Zealand time, one day ahead of US time; For example, Race 1 and Race 2 will be viewed here on January 14.
The US and Italy engage in a "friendly" pre-race practice run.
PS not a great start for the Americans on Day 1, losing to the English entrant INEOS Team UK. Ineos Team UK also beat the Italian entrant to go to the top of the table. But there's a lot more racing to come before the final.