Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Boat in the pond

This post is a break from my usual digital publishing technology posts. As some of you know, I’m nuts about sailing. I’ve spent the last few days training and consulting at Oracle Corporation headquarters in Redwood City, CA. You may know that Oracle is a major sponsor of the America’s Cup.  

The main Oracle campus features a small pond in the center. This month they delivered USA-17, the trimaran that won the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010, to the middle of the pond. It was airllifted into place by a helicopter. As you can imagine, the trimaran looks gigantic in the middle of the pond.

Some statistics about the boat:

  • The mast is 20 stories high
  • The boat took 150,000 man-hours to build
  • The enormous hull is 90 feet x 90 feet square (bigger than a baseball infield)
Here’s a photo of the mast being trailered in:
 

Oracleboat

The boat in its final resting place:

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1 comment:

Ray Berg said...

Interesting! Thanks for sharing this and all of your other great tips.... Ray