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Wednesday has been a busy day on San Francisco Bay with ORACLE TEAM USA training with two boats, along with Luna Rossa Challenge. Also crowding the water were the Red Bull Youth America's Cup teams.

Each of the crews is packing in as much time as possible on the water as they prepare for their respective races.

Luna Rossa will be first on the race course. They resume racing with the Louis Vuitton Cup Final against Emirates Team New Zealand (not sailing today) on Saturday afternoon at 1:10pm PT.

--- Television coverage in the USA ---

Louis Vuitton Cup Finals
August 17 – Races 1+2 – NBC Sports Network – 6:00pm ET (tape delayed)
August 18 – Races 3+4 – NBC Sports Network – 6:00pm ET (tape delayed)
August 21 – Races 5+6 – YouTube.com/americascup – 4:00pm ET (live)
August 24 – Races 7+8 – NBC Sports Network – 7:00pm ET (tape delayed)
August 25 – Races 9+10 – NBC Sports Network – 7:00pm ET (tape delayed / if necessary)
August 28 – Races 11+12 – NBC Sports Network – 5:00pm ET (tape delayed / if necessary)
August 30 – Races 13 – NBC Sports Network – 5:00pm ET (tape delayed / if necessary)

In the USA, replays of the races will be made available on YouTube following the NBCSN broadcast

Internationally, racing is live on YouTube, subject to territorial rights-holder restrictions.

--- Defender sailing ---

Also on Saturday, ORACLE TEAM USA is expected to conduct in-house racing beginning at 11:00am, during its Defender Access period. We'll bring you more details as we get them. Needless to say, the home team has been working hard to keep up with the challengers.

"All of our development is just about behind us now," trimmer Simon Daubney said in an interview last week. "We're now learning how to sail better and better and better. We're trying to sail two boats as much as possible and we're having some really good racing out there. We're pushing each other really hard.

"One of the challenges of being the defender is that you have to create real in-house racing. It's quite a delicate thing to do. You want to have great racing, and push each other, yet you have to share information and what you've learned and stay mates at the end of it. And there is competition for spots on the race boat, but you have to put that aside and treat every training day as race one of the America's Cup."

--- Red Bull Youth America's Cup training ---

Practise continues for the 10 international youth teams vying for the first Red Bull Youth America's Cup title.

Sports director Hans-Peter Steinacher says he's impressed with what he's seen over the first few training periods.

"These guys have come hungry and they've come ready," he said. "I think the racing is going to be really tough and hard-fought."

Racing in the Red Bull Youth America's Cup is from September 1-4. It will be streamed live on YouTube.com/americascup