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the tent had come down, goodbye wing, but it held. That storm must have cleared the air. From then on, The Beast and its giant wing started behaving. Watching (on ESPN360) the two boats sailing before the start of Race 1 had sailors on the edge of their seats. Both boats appeared to be animations, impossible creations. They looked so frail, carrying all that sail perched on a framework of floats and crossbeams, the whole lash-up held together with wire cables. The sailors looked tiny. What made me keep replaying the start of Race 1 was the speed USA17 (BOR17 with a patriotic name change) carried into the starting box. The boat was

f lying two of its three hulls, a big, black predator coming in for the kill at more than 20 knots. It was frightening. Alinghi was caught unawares. By coin f lip, she was the burdened vessel on port tack that

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