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Alinghi's experience makes the difference

Updated: February 16, 2003, 2:18 AM ET
By Gary Jobson | Special to ESPN.com

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Experience is an important asset in sailboat racing. Race 2 between Team New Zealand and Switzerland's Alinghi, was an excellent example of how veterans can make the difference in one of the most remarkable finishes in the history of The America's Cup.

After the start, the lead changed twice on the first windward leg, before Alinghi finally broke through, just before rounding mark one. The roles reversed on the downwind leg toward mark number two, however, ...

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