Somehow, somewhere, during the scheduled lay day on Tuesday, Oracle/BMW Racing found the solution to the speed deficit that cost it the first two races of the Louis Vuitton Final. But it still wasn't enough. In the most exciting race of this Louis Vuitton Cup, Russell Coutts and his Alinghi team were able to bait Oracle into picking up a penalty during a furious luffing duel on the second downwind leg and, despite trailing by between three and five boatlengths for the final two legs of the race, win the race as Oracle was unable to scrub the penalty quickly enough at the finish line. The finish delta should've been just a few seconds, but Oracle hit the finish pin while doing its penalty turn and had to complete a second turn before finishing the race. With the win, Alinghi took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best of nine series which will determine who gets to challenge for the America's Cup. "It was a tough race," said Murray Jones, a member of Alinghi's afterguard. "It could've gone either way."