The catamaran's performance was completely transformed from the first race on Friday when BMW Oracle Racing dominated proceedings upwind and down to win by 15 minutes, 28 seconds. This time, Alinghi was not only footing faster, but pointing higher than the American challenger. How? While the pundits were suggesting the use of a more powerful mainsail and greater water ballast, Alinghi skipper Ernesto Bertarelli handed the wheel to his French deputy Loïck Peyron as they raced out to to the favored right hand of the course. BMW Oracle, which had strode out to the left-hand side of the course, suddenly saw their initial 300-meter advantage disappear and tacked to give chase. The two kept track with each other for a further 5 minutes before Alinghi tacked onto port, now wearing a protest flag, with a complaint, not against her rival perhaps, but the race committee. Word back in the press office was of a war of words had broken out onboard the committee boat on their judgement to start the race. Principal Race Officer Harold Bennett from the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron had ruled a start within 5 minutes of the time limit. His fellow committee members, all representing the defending club, Société Nautique de Genève, it is suggested by the BMW Oracle representative onboard, disagreed. The truth of all this will not be known until much later tonight.