Plans Submitted For Oracle Team Base

January 28, 2015

A planning application for a base for Oracle Team USA — which is setting up in Bermuda in advance of the America’s Cup – has been submitted, calling for four new buildings and two floating docks.

According to the application [PDF here], the project would see changes at South Basin, South Arm, Dockyard, and Sandys, “involving temporary infrastructure comprising 4 new buildings to house boats and sails, two tents, 7 containers, tower crane [160 feet high], 1 ancillary building to house fibre optic infrastructure, 2 disposal boreholes, conversion of existing single storey garage building to create shower/changing/toilet facilities, 6 feet high chain link fence and two floating docks [318 feet maximum length].

Oracle Team USA, the defending champion, is one of six teams set to compete for the 35th America’s Cup, alongside Artemis Racing from Sweden, Ben Ainslie Racing from Great Britain, Emirates Team from New Zealand, Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy and Team France.

Team skipper Jimmy Spithill previously said, “The objective of being here this week is to start work on setting up our base, our home, in Bermuda. It’s been fantastic to get here and feel the energy and see the welcoming we’re getting here from Bermudians. It’s very, very exciting to see where we hope to be going out and defending the America’s Cup.”

“Our plan at Oracle Team USA is to be sailing out on The Great Sound at the beginning of May. It’s important for us to hit that deadline, so we’re working to put a plan in place to achieve that,” added Mr Spithill.

“Our team members, the designers, the athletes, their families and kids, we’re all coming here from now onwards really – looking for houses, schools, getting integrated into the local community.

“For me personally having been here the past couple of days, the local people here are really behind it. I have no doubt it’s going to be a fantastic America’s Cup here.”

Renderings of the future Oracle Team USA base in Dockyard  provided by the America’s Cup:

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  1. Onion says:

    Nice to hear some good news. Welcome Team Oracle!

    • Cardine Alice says:

      Indeed. Let’s keep our eye on the future and build something sustainable. Welcome to Bermuda. And thank you for showcasing the island.

    • Mockingjay says:

      Did I here Bob say we were BROKE. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Politricks says:

        Good thing Oracle is building their own camp then inna?

        See that….private sector providing money into the economy while the public sector sucks it all out.

        How the real world works.

        • Independent says:

          @ Politricks,

          They aren’t paying any taxes either!!!

          The America’s Cup still owe tax money to the City of San Fran, and the Port of San Fran. Over 11 million.

          The also projected that 8,840 jobs would be created.

          Bay Area Council Economic Institute showed numbers of 2,863.

          I just want people to understand the AC will say one thing, but the follow through might not be what they believe or project!!!

          • Politricks says:

            But they will be paying wages to Bermudians that wouldn’t otherwise that would be working as the project would have never occurred without the event. That is the whole part of concessions. If you did not give them incentives they would choose to do business elsewhere Also, payroll tax will have to be paid as well as pension payments, social insurance etc.

            They are getting tax breaks on materials and their boats they are bringing into Bermuda.

        • Mockingjay says:

          That’s why Child Labor exist, so why they need $77 Million ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

          • Politricks says:

            Child labor doesn’t exist in Bermuda. That is primarily in Africa and Asia along with the practice of modern day slavery. Maybe you should turn your outage towards them about the subject. Bet you won’t though.

  2. Terry says:

    Great to hear.

    But schools, houses…

    Better bring a bus and a ferry……

  3. X says:

    Hope they have their own transport, garbage collectors and that they will use FedEx or DHL and not the Post Office!

    Thanks for supporting Bermuda ACBDA and seeing it for what it could / should be.

    • Not exactly says:

      There are many small business opportunities to provide a la carte services the various syndicates that will be here over the next 2-3 years.

  4. One Up One Down says:

    Will each of the six teams have to build a structure like this?

    And the daycare center for 50 children (also on the application) will that be used only for the Oracle team’s children?

    In advance of your possible response(s) I am not ignorant…..I read the entire article AND the attached document….I am ONLY asking because I would like to be sure I understand what I read as it is intended to be understood.

  5. Gombey Liberation Partier says:

    Question, where will the bulk cement ships discharge given the proposal is along the Commercial dock where they pump the cement needed for construction into the two silos? Or the tankers for that matter?

  6. NoFreeLunch says:

    No more onions and Easter Lilies to export, we cannot depend on International Business as they are all merging and people are losing jobs (no furlough here, just gone!). So I love the idea of building Bermuda and looking at other ways to make money for the Island. Misery loves Company and for too long Bermuda has been stuck in this angry miserable state. Time for change and change scares a lot of people hehehe