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Team Oracle Takes Lead Into Weekend Races

Racing gets underway around noon each day.



    Wild Day at America's Cup

    A wreck on the bay started the day at America's Cup world series 2012. (Published Friday, Aug. 24, 2012)

    If Friday was the beginning of a trend, this weekend should bring some exciting racing in the America's Cup World Series. Friday saw a crash (see video below), a few near misses and a false start. 

    Thousands of people are expected to pack Marina Green to watch some of the world's best sailors compete for the America's Cup title. Racing was to begin around 2 p.m.

    Oracle Team USA remains the leader in the race that is taking place just a few feet from the shoreline.

    Oracle cemented its standings with a come-from-behind win in Friday’s second fleet race, the fourth of the series.

    Oracle went over the start line early, but was not only able to catch up - they beat the field.

    Team Korea came in second with Emirates Team New Zealand coming in third.

    “It was a great race, the boys really dug back off the start line. JK (John Kostecki) did a great job, one of best races I’ve seen him sail,” said Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill. 

    The sailors are loving the San Francisco weather and the fans are loving being so close to the action.

    Here is a look at the standings (pictured).

    The America's Cup Desk describes this weekend's action this way:

    • On Saturday, the sailors will race each other in two more fleet races, which is when all the boats are on the water. Also tomorrow it will be a fight to the finish in the semi finals in the match racing, which is when the boats compete one on one.
    • On Sunday the finals will begin. All the sailors will compete in one final fleet race and those who are still in the running will compete in final match racing. Laurence Scott will continue our live presence out on the deck at America's Cup Village.

    The Giants are playing the Braves on Saturday around the same time, so be ready to find lots of people joining you in the City. 

    Below is the Fleet Race 3 ORACLE TEAM USA COUTTS crash into the Race Committee boat in the start.

    Russell and the boys were not able to race as their AC45 full sustained damage.