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BMW Oracle Racing's new USA-87 proved tough to beat in Act 10, winning 10 of 11 match races, including this 47-second win over Emirates Team New Zealand, with impressive speed and maneuverability.

newer teams a chance to develop, and to produce a more competitive regatta in 2007.

Compared with Act 4 last June, the results in Act 10 were significantly tighter. The number of matches decided by 30 seconds or less nearly doubled, from 7 to 13, while the number with a finish delta of greater than 3 minutes was halved.

"We've seen Spain beating Luna Rossa, Luna Rossa beat ing Alinghi," said United Internet Team Germany helmsman Jesper Bank. "We saw Mascal-zone close to beating Alinghi. I think the middle teams have gotten closer to the top."

But there's still a lot of work to do. The three big challengers, plus Alinghi, dominated Act 10, with BMW Oracle winning with a 10-1 record. In Act 11's fleet racing, Alinghi's SUI-75 won three of five races.

The three top challengers are in a virtual tie for first in the LVC rankings. The team th at wins will be rewarde d with a one-point head start over the other two syndicates in the race to challenge for the America's Cup. While it may not seem like much, if the racing continues to tighten up like it has over the past year, it could be a crucial advantage.

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