The combination of Farr and Oracle skipper Chris Dickson has worked together in the past (1987, 1995). Dickson has a good technical mind and will be open to ideas from the design team. By defeating OneWorld quickly (4-0), Dickson and crew now have nearly three weeks to prepare. They will have to practice every day. Starting technique and clever sailing strategy have made the difference in the racing so far. The whole team must be tuned to a fine edge, because Alinghi has sailed flawlessly.