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Alinghi is only getting stronger

Updated: November 1, 2002, 2:31 AM ET
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

The late Peter Blake, mastermind of two America's Cup victories (1995, 2000), warned the challengers in 1997 not to race during the month of October. The Italian Challenger of Record group ignored the warning and orchestrated two round robins in the month.

Since the trials began on Oct. 1, half of the days have been marred by weather delays. Worse, much of the racing that does take place is in extremely poor conditions. The early spring on the Haruaki Gulf features frequent squalls, dramatic ...

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