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Photoboy
06-30-2012, 08:35 PM
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Things are happening in a big way at Oracle Racing Headquarters at Pier 80 in San Francisco.
While the AC 45's are putting on a show in Newport, the crew in SF have been VERY busy!
Add a floating pig, and you have yerself a Pink Floyd album cover....


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Yes behind the security fence and concertina wire things are abuzz!


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The AC 72 is about to emerge, yet before that, something very, very large had to be relocated...


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Yes that IS Dogzilla, now very visible in the front of the Oracle Racing HQ at Marin Street in the Dog Patch.,
You can view her now from behind the fence, and soon, up close and personal when the pier opens o the general
public...


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In the rear, the doors are about to swing open, giving the world their 1st view of the AC 72...
The docks have been moved and the huge rusty drydock...


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...moved closer to AT&T, no doubt headed for scrap...things are getting VERY, VERY close!

bowline
07-01-2012, 03:15 PM
Thanks for the update - interested in watching this develop.

Sanity Check
07-03-2012, 09:40 AM
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...moved closer to AT&T, no doubt headed for scrap...things are getting VERY, VERY close!

Scrap? What's the going rate on ferrous oxide?

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Imagine waking up in the middle of the night scraping up against that thing and thinking "oh my god I've dragged anchor"... but the reality being worse than that...

Photoboy
07-09-2012, 10:21 AM
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As of yesterday, the shed has been tidy upped a bit and the front and back now being painted in Oracle Racing colors.



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The back docks are looking close to ready, but very, very vacant. According to the night watchman,
the 72 is still being pieced together..


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Across the crick, the spy towers appear unoccupied...it's just a matter of time...

Charlie Tuna
07-09-2012, 11:01 AM
Time to occupy? What are those towers for?

Tom Mc
07-09-2012, 11:38 AM
I think those are grain silos
I've spent more than a few hours anchored in that little inlet and I've seen barges offloading what I think is some sort of grain on a swing away conveyor belt

IOR Geezer
07-09-2012, 01:08 PM
I think Tom's right, but they have not been used in ages, probably rat hotels at this point in time.

Mostly shipping in and out building materials such as sand and gravel anymore. Maybe Artemis will put a live cam for us up there?

Photoboy
07-09-2012, 10:50 PM
Just in....

"We're looking at August for the launch.
With the 30 days' limit on sailing time with the AC72 this year, there is no pressure to hit a deadline, so we'll be ready when we're ready."


Tim Jeffery

Oracle Racing

Communications Director

Sanity Check
07-10-2012, 05:59 AM
I think those are grain silos
I've spent more than a few hours anchored in that little inlet and I've seen barges offloading what I think is some sort of grain on a swing away conveyor belt

Nice spot as long as it isn't blowing from the SE. It is my belief that those are derelict concrete silos formerly used by the Bode Concrete company. The older crane situated two bridges up the creek was for unloading copra.

Honey Badger
07-10-2012, 09:51 PM
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SF has a pier just for offloading Oprah?

bowline
07-11-2012, 10:06 PM
But do they have a big enough crane ?

Photoboy
07-17-2012, 12:20 PM
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Over at Pier 80 yesterday, crews readied for more 45' testing and training. The two concrete foundations next to the temp docks
are now stripped of the forms, ready for what one assumes would be hoists or crane to facilitate the 72 and its support vessels entering
and exiting the water. The crew stay mostly on the South Bay yesterday, and were last scene near the San Lorenzo shoreline...

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Meanwhile work goes on unabated at the Pier 27-29 project, despite the fire a couple weeks ago
which damaged the bulkhead at Pier 29. Things are moving along quite nicely!

Photoboy
07-17-2012, 12:25 PM
ORACLE TEAM USA announces a change to its proposed winter training plans in New Zealand.

ORACLE TEAM USA has been working with the management of Northport and the community of Marsden Point on plans for a temporary base in New Zealand’s North Island. Instead, the America’s Cup champion will continue to keep its activities focused in the U.S.

The change of plans reflects a recent change in emphasis in the boat testing and development cycle and means that the U.S. rather than New Zealand will be used for the winter program.

“Successful America’s Cup campaigns are made from constantly reassessing a team’s priorities and evolving your development plans within a finite time frame,” said General Manager Grant Simmer.

“Extending our summer and fall training session in San Francisco effectively closed the New Zealand window. The management at Northport and community at Marsden Point have been extremely helpful and welcoming. The merits of Marsden Point as a sailing venue have not changed; it is only our priorities that have changed,” added Simmer.

ORACLE TEAM USA is currently training and testing with AC45 wingsail catamarans on San Francisco Bay ahead of the America’s Cup World Series events in August and October, as well as preparing for the launch in August of its first AC72.