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Thursday,  02/27/03  08:32 PM

AC race 4: dismastedWell, this is what it looks like when things go bad.  TNZ dismasted in the middle of the second beat of today's America's Cup race, and now Alinghi are up 4-0 in the best of nine.  Not looking good for the Kiwis...

I have to say they were going to lose this race anyway.  They lost the start, for the fourth race in a row (doesn't look like Bertrand Pace helped them), fell behind on the first beat, and Alinghi was pulling away when the rig fell over.  The boats have equal speed - at times TNZ even seems to have the edge - but Coutts and Butterworth are outsailing Barker and his team.  They get the first shift to weather every time, and their tactics downwind are flawless.

TNZ has a long night ahead of them replacing the rig, then they face elimination in race 5 tomorrow.

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