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PD Staff
01-28-2011, 02:58 PM

Just departed Valencia headed for Pier 80, San Francisco Bay!


Click on Vessels Track (http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?mmsi=257615000&centerx=-0.17085&centery=39.35338&zoom=10&type_color=7)

01-29-2011, 07:20 PM
Due to arrive on March 1st.

PD Staff
02-14-2011, 12:13 PM

Taken from the Panama Canal yesterday as the ship carrying US17 enters the 1st set of locks!

PD Staff
02-14-2011, 08:44 PM

Earlier today!

PD Staff
02-15-2011, 12:45 PM

The loading party. Thanks for reminder from to Deep 6, it fell off the Front Page a couple weeks ago.

02-24-2011, 06:39 AM
ETA 3/1 7:00 am

PD Staff
02-24-2011, 08:28 AM

Will you be performing a live feed?

02-27-2011, 08:48 AM
Had to uninstall Qik as it caused my phone to crash. Still looking at options. Will advise.

IOR Geezer
02-27-2011, 09:04 AM

The world’s fastest yacht, which is too tall to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on a freighter this week. The boat will be off-loaded in crated pieces and stored at Pier 80.

The arrival of the trimaran, USA 17, will be the symbolic beginning of San Francisco’s preparations for hosting the America’s Cup in 2012 and 2013. The yacht won the Cup for Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing team off the coast of Spain last year.

On Dec. 31, after months of negotiations, Ellison, who as the Cup winner had the right to choose the next site, selected San Francisco to host the next America's Cup.

Race organizers are quietly intensifying their presence in the city, searching for office space to house a team that will grow to 120 employees. The America's Cup event authority is advertising for a community-relations manager and a human relations director, according to its spokeswoman, Stephanie Martin.

City officials and an America's Cup task force with dozens of members have begun studying logistical challenges. Those include the eviction or relocation of 71 Port of San Francisco tenants, the demolition of aging piers and waterfront buildings to create spectator and mooring facilities and plans for moving hundreds of thousands of visitors through San Francisco's congested streets.

Despite the challenges, interim Mayor Edwin M. Lee said he is convinced that the America's Cup will have a profound impact on the Bay Area.

“It's literally as exciting as winning the Olympics,” Lee said in an interview. “Learning more and more as I have about what it means, it's several Olympics put together over a period of time.”

Lee spoke with childlike enthusiasm about the arrival of USA 17, which has a 185-foot mast. Organizers initially said they hoped that the boat, which travels at speeds faster than 30 knots -- about 35 miles an hour -- would tour the bay this year.

Organizers now say that is unlikely because the only sailors trained to control the yacht are scattered throughout the world; many are training for the next America's Cup, which will be contested in smaller catamarans.

The Oracle team is leasing space at Pier 80, where it will store USA 17. The boat will eventually be reassembled and displayed, most likely on land because it is so difficult to contain.

“The boat is so extraordinarily powerful that, with this enormous wind, it will always want to sail,” said Tim Jeffery, an Oracle team spokesman.

Even now, with preparations under way, questions remain about how much it will cost San Francisco to host the race.

Frantic negotiations between Ellison's representatives and the city in the waning days of 2010 altered an agreement that had been unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors. That agreement lowered anticipated public costs for the event to $12 million from $128 million.

More than 100 changes appear to have been made to the agreement. At the behest of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the supervisors' Budget Analyst's Office is examining how much additional cost, if any, was tacked on.

Fred Brousseau, an analyst who is comparing the documents, said the changes appear to “range from minor clarifications to more substantive changes.”

The final cost estimate will be announced before a March 16 hearing of the board's finance committee.

02-27-2011, 11:36 AM
If it is working AND if I get positioned in time, it will be here LIVE. http://qik.com/tempest316
Testing it today.

02-27-2011, 01:06 PM
Set your alarms: look for AC33 winner USA-17 to steam under Golden Gate bridge, aboard freighter M.V. Star Isfjord, around 5am tomorrow morning

PD Staff
02-27-2011, 09:34 PM


Current location at 21:30 Sunday Eve

PD Staff
02-28-2011, 08:19 AM

All tied up

02-28-2011, 09:07 AM
o'dark 30 arrival. I have a business trip to Walnut Creek tomorrow, will pop across the bay for a quick look / see.
waiting on reports of the offload today.

Kris O
02-28-2011, 09:37 AM
pics posted on Facebook

PD Staff
02-28-2011, 09:50 AM
The giant America’s Cup-winning trimaran arrived in the Bay today aboard the freighter M.V. Star Isfjord after a 7,900-mile passage from Valencia, Spain, via the Panama Canal

©Gilles MartinRaget

The ship carrying USA 17 passed underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at 0530 PST and berthed alongside San Francisco's Pier 80 at 0650.
The timing of unloading the game-changing 115ft trimaran and its wingsail will be determined by prevailing wind conditions. Both will be placed in short term storage in ORACLE Racing’s new base on Pier 80. Longer term, there are plans to put the yacht and her impressive 223-foot wingsail on public display.

©Gilles MartinRaget

The trimaran may not sail again, her place in history assured by two brief, glorious moments in February 2010. USA 17 has only ever contested two races in her life. She won both convincingly to win the oldest trophy in international sport from the Swiss Alinghi team.
In doing so, she propelled the America’s Cup into a new era of fast, exciting wingsailed multihull featuring shorter, simpler-to-understand racing and pioneering television graphics.
“When we stepped off the boat last year it was a really flat feeling that lasted several weeks,” commented skipper James Spithill. “We realized that we might not sail the boat again. There was such a buzz in sailing a machine so big and which pushed so many boundaries. But she was also ‘high-maintenance’ and right now our priority is the future, not the past.”

©Gilles MartinRaget

ORACLE Racing’s focus is on the next Cup. Scheduled for San Francisco in the summer of 2013, it will showcase similar wingsail multihull technology that made USA 17 so exciting.
The team’s new AC45 catamaran, used for the 2011 and 2012 America’s Cup World Series events, is nearing completion, while the design, sailing, engineering and boatbuilding teams are flat-out developing concepts for the team’s bigger AC72 catamaran for the defense of the America’s Cup.

©Gilles MartinRaget

USA 17’s arrival is her first visit to the city that ORACLE Racing calls home. She was launched in Anacortes, Wash., in August 2008. After initial testing there, she was moved to San Diego, Calif., for a further period of training before being shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America’s Cup.
Measuring more than 100 feet long and 90 feet wide and powered by a 20-storey tall wingsail, USA 17 is the fastest yacht to ever win the America’s Cup. It has been in storage in Valencia since winning the Cup on Feb. 14, 2010.

©Gilles MartinRaget

Three helicopters hovered overhead capturing the historic moment of the game-changing trimaran's homecoming. The sun rose over the Bay and ORACLE Racing's Pier 80 base right on cue.

Earlier, M.V. Star Isjford passed under the Golden Gate Bridge at approximately 0530. Given that USA 17 is the fastest ever yacht in the 160 year history of the America's Cup, it is fitting that she entered her home town for the first time a little ahead of schedule.

USA 17 left American soil in December 2009, shipped from San Diego, CA, to Valencia, Spain, ahead of her 2:0 victory in the 33rd America's Cup on February 14, 2010.

If windspeeds remain low, the 115ft trimaran and 223ft wingsail will be unloaded today.

IOR Geezer
02-28-2011, 10:15 AM
Are they taking numbers for demo rides yet?

02-28-2011, 03:17 PM
That Dog don't hunt...

Pics and video uploading..bottom line...Dogzilla may never sail again...

02-28-2011, 03:34 PM

Sorry for the audio quality...we're low budget around here...pics uploading

Old Codger
02-28-2011, 05:26 PM
Sailing it again has got to be a tough call to make. Serious chunk of change, re-allocation of effort/resources, and the potential downside of having an incident/failure. Still, it would be a sight to behold..... and worth the trip to see it. Just hope that if USA17 ever does see the water under sail that there is enough notice given so that those that have to see it can do so.

02-28-2011, 07:11 PM

Americas Cup Winner US17 arrived in San Francisco in the early morning hours and
tied up promptly at Pier 80. And that's where she will stay. That is once they get her offloaded. The easterly breeze at the pier was too much to risk damaging her so on deck she stayed put. Once unloaded, she will move into a shed on the pier and get some much needed rest. The folk at Oracle Racing and ACEA are looking for a home where she can be displayed. But the focus for Oracle racing at this point is getting their Cup game in to over drive and the SF waterfront issue's settled.




John Kosteki was the one to deliver the news to the reporters. She ain't sailing no where anytime soon.


Ian "Fresh" Burns talks about the boat and what she accomplished.


John Kosteki answering the mainstream media questions

PD Staff
03-01-2011, 12:07 PM
DoGzilla remains on deck and progress has slowed to some technical difficulties.
© Gilles Martin-Raget

Media interest remains high in the USA 17's first-ever presence in San Francisco, with photographers again on-site at Pier 80 for the second day. Traffic report helicopters from local TV stations have been passing over the ORACLE Racing base taking a breather from tail-backs and fender-benders to keep an eye on the unloading.

Today's operations have been hampered by an issue with the big dockside crane right alongside M.V. Star Isfjord berth at Pier 80. Another crane is being used to continue unloading the containers and the hope is that the 115ft x 90ft trimaran platform, the 223ft wing, and the flaps in their own special shipping cradles can be unloaded today.

ORACLE Racing's meteorologist Chris Bedford has upgraded his wind warning for San Francisco. "Secure against high wind and protect against heavy rain" was his advice to the Shore Team working on unloading the containers, ACC hull, masts, booms and the TP52 boat which have also been shipped from Valencia along with USA 17 and her wing. The forecast is for strong to gale-force winds from late tonight until breakfast time Wednesday, then abating during the day, until building up with the passing of a second weather front on Thursday.

IOR Geezer
03-01-2011, 02:16 PM
Do I get my $20.00 ride deposit back?

PD Staff
03-01-2011, 08:19 PM
It was a race against time, and the time clock as a sizable storm approaches the California Coast, the dock worker, pier staff and Oracle Racing team managed to find a window in the weather and uncooperative machinery to get US17 off loaded. They still need to cut a major opening in the shed where she will rest for the time being, as the available one on Pier 80 is about 60' too narrow.





all photos © Gilles Martin-Raget

03-03-2011, 10:17 PM
Great shots and good interviews.

Nice work

03-06-2011, 03:21 PM

Meanwhile back up at Pier 80, US17, aka DoGzilla sits peacefully outside the shed
awaiting the required remodel to get her into the new DoG House


At high tide, standing on top of the leaning post, I could get tall enough to actually see and shoot, but she's mostly occluded by the dry dock.


You can see she's a little wider than the current opening!


There is a unit stationed to protect here, just in case Bertarelli was planning on sneaking in and re-measuring her for a protest? They seemed oblivious to my existence, the vision of Axel Heist in Beverly Hills Cop came to mind... I was just lacking a Banana...


Not well marked, but marked... Thou shalt not enter premise without permission


Rou Ro, gotta run, they's spotted me!