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    Yes, the last race they had to forfeit, I think Race 2, they took on an estimated 6 tons of water.

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    It was Race 1 they had to forfeit, not Race 2.

    I think that these boats were pushing the envelope a bit too much. Team New Zealand knew that they were at a disadvantage crew-wise, so they tried to compensate with the boat. Unfortunately, they pushed the envelope a bit too much, it looks like.

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    Race Five Postponed
    1/03/2003

    Russell Coutts didn’t get his birthday present on Saturday. The Alinghi skipper had the opportunity to celebrate his 41st birthday by holding the America’s Cup aloft for his Swiss Alinghi Team with a victory in Race Five.

    But the weather didn’t cooperate, and very light winds on the Hauraki Gulf forced Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett to postpone racing for the day at 15:15. It was the 26th of 72 race days in this America’s Cup season to be lost to weather.

    Team New Zealand trails Alinghi in the best of nine America’s Cup series 4 – 0 and must win the next five races to prevent the Swiss from taking the America’s Cup to Europe for the first time in 152 years. The Kiwis spent most of Friday night working on NZL-82 to get it ready for racing after dismasting in Race Four on Friday.

    Team New Zealand afterguard member Tom Dodson said the team was keen to sail despite the lopsided scoreline. All of Team New Zealand is eager to gain some pride, he said, after what can only be described as a very disappointing two weeks for Team New Zealand.

    At 15:10 Bennett called both teams to see whether they wanted to wait out on the Gulf to see if the wind would build, and each came back saying their weather teams felt they weren’t likely to see racing conditions today.

    Tomorrow, Sunday, is a scheduled reserve day, and the forecast is for good sailing conditions with 15-knot Northeasterlies due on the Hauraki Gulf. Race Five is scheduled to start at 13:15 on Sunday afternoon.
    If there is a Race 5 today, it will start at 7:15pm Eastern today.

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    Last night they replayed race 4. They are pretty lucky no one got hurt when that mast broke.

    The US announcers were giving TNZ a hard time for going away from proven US rigging and using their own year old invention. I gotta say, knowing absolutely nothing about this sport mind you, that their biggest weakness was probably having no real competition to work against before the championship.

    The Swiss worked out their bugs against fierce rivals last year.
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    The Cup begins its journey to Switzerland with a formal prize-giving in Auckland

    3/03/2003
    By Ivor Wilkins

    The America’s Cup formally began its journey away from New Zealand to Switzerland today when the Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron handed the fabled trophy to Alinghi head Ernesto Bertarelli.

    In a moving ceremony on Te Wero Island in the middle of the AmericanExpressViaductHarbour, commemorative medals were awarded to both Team New Zealand and Alinghi for their part in the XXXIst America’s Cup regatta.

    The ceremony marked the end of an era in New Zealand. Eight years ago, in 1995, Team New Zealand became the second non-US syndicate to win the trophy. Three years ago, at the start of the new millennium, Team New Zealand made history by being the first non-US syndicate to successfully defend the Cup.

    Tony Thomas, Executive Director of America’s Cup 2003, praised Alinghi’s campaign. “You came well prepared, had a strong and fast boat and went about your business,” he said.

    He noted that Alinghi had established several individual records in its campaign, but also that it was the first time in the history of the Cup that a first-time challenger had won. It is also the first time in 152 years, that the trophy is going back to Europe.

    Acknowledging that victory in the America’s Cup bestowed “winner takes all” rights, Thomas said he hoped that, as it returned to Europe, “some of its traditions would be retained”.

    Then, the climax of the prize-giving as Bill Endean, Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, hoisted the America’s Cup from its pedestal and handed it to Bertarelli.

    Congratulating the Swiss team on its performance, Commodore Endean said “to go from zero to hero in three years is an incredible achievement”.

    Paying tribute to Team New Zealand, he said: “Special thanks and recognition to the boys in black who made sacrifices and turned down what might have been more attractive offers to stay with their team, stay with their club and stay with their country.

    “You fought hard and you fought fair,” he said, “but your best was not good enough. The better team won.”

    On a similar theme, Team New Zealand head, Tom Schnackenberg congratulated Alinghi on a job very well done. “We trust you will get a warm welcome in Switzerland,” he said. “You have done Switzerland proud.”

    In reply, Bertarelli said receiving the Cup was a great honour and an historic moment. “We understand the value of the America’s Cup,” he said. With a history of 700 years of democracy, Bertarelli added: “We know what tradition is. We know what history is. The America’s Cup has 152 years of history. We are not going to take that lightly.”

    With the handover of the Cup now complete, guardianship of the trophy and the event shifts to Alinghi and the Société Nautique de Genève. The first indications of how the Alinghi defence will be run will be tomorrow when details of their new Cup protocol will be released.

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