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Team New Zealand's problems not the norm

Updated: February 16, 2003, 1:30 AM ET
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- The departure by Team New Zealand from her berth in Viaduct Basin was raucous. The crew aboard TNZ must have felt like it was running out onto a football field in front of the hometown crowd. All 3.9 million New Zealanders are solidly behind their team.

Fifteen minutes later, the challenger Alinghi received polite applause on its way out to the race course.

Once on the water, TNZ had problems on both its race boat and trial horse. On the race boat, the ...

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