Like Clockwork

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'Alinghi are so experienced and they just pounced. Our guys learned the hard way against the best team in the world.'
—Craig Monk, former Team New Zealand member

A largely unseen constant of elite sport is the pain of losing. The public sees the bowed heads and long faces of the vanquished, but not the deflation and self-doubt that can last for months. For sports people, the climb out of the pit happens faster when they can find some positives amid the gloom. In the case of the sailors of Team New Zealand, beaten by the Swiss Alinghi team last week in the America's Cup, that should be easy.

Raced off the Spanish port of Valencia, the 32nd America's Cup will be remembered as...

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