Communication between bowman Paolo Bassani and helmsman Francisco DeAngelis broke down at the worst possible time during Pradas first downwind leg against Alinghi. Prada, showing great pace, was edging closer and closer to Alinghi, so close that Bassini went forward on the narrow bow to call the overlap. In the half second between an "clear" sign from Bassini, and a "not clear" sign, the wily master helmsman Russell Coutts pushed the stern of Alinghi ever so slightly and kissed Pradas intrusive bow. Flag against Prada. The rest of the race, which included a fine dressing down of the crew of Alinghi by Coutts-"well talk about this later"-was a great tussle. Prada, showing fantastic boatspeed against Alinghi, worked hard to lay a penalty on Coutts, but even with their speed, couldnt ride out from underneath. Alinghi by 1m18s.