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Prepared teams mean close races

Originally Published: November 15, 2002
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Finally, the challenger trials for the America's Cup are getting interesting. The races are close and there have been lead changes. It's hard to think when, over the 151-year history of the America's Cup, sailing teams have been so well prepared. Unlike 1999 when we saw frequent breakdowns and little passing, the eight quarterfinalists are all well-oiled machines. At no time over the history of the America's Cup have teams spent two and a half years training full time. ...

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