On the press boat, a big powered catamaran, we were part of a huge spectator fleet, by some estimates about 800 strong and several of which were longer than 100 feet. We were given a preferred viewing position close to the starting area. There was an easterly wind of 11 to 13 knots and a reasonable swell that was covered by lots of spectator chop. If you haven't read it elsewhere yet, Alinghi sailed to a solid victory over the challenger, Emirates New Zealand. Although Dean Barker, at the helm of ENZ, held a slight early lead and had the windward position after the start, Ed Baird, at the helm of Alinghi, began to point a little higher after a few minutes and forced New Zealand to tack away. When Alinghi followed suit a short while later, the defender took the lead. And despite the New Zealand team's best efforts, Alinghi carried a 13 second lead at the first mark and a 20 second lead at the leeward mark. Remarkably, the final winning margin was exactly what I'd guessed-35 seconds.