It's been three and a half months since Russell Coutts trailed a boat across the finish line. It almost happened on Wednesday as Coutts' Alinghi team trailed Oracle/BMW Racing for the second half of the race only to be saved by a penalty Oracle picked up during a luffing duel. Today, however, Alinghi had no cards to play at the end as Oracle, with Chris Dickson calling the tactics and Peter Holmberg on the helm, whipped the Swiss team by 2:13. The win saved Oracle from falling into a 4-0 hole, a deficit that's never been erased in America's Cup history, and gave the team a terrific boost of confidence after three discouraging losses. "We're glad to get the point," said Oracle navigator Ian Burns. "It was very fluky conditions, so I don't know if we fully earned it. But it was good to get the monkey off our back."