Photos: Team Oracle Start Arriving In Bermuda

March 31, 2015

[Updated with aerial photos] Defending America’s Cup champions Team Oracle have started to arrive in Bermuda, with containers carrying their equipment being unloaded earlier today [Mar 31] from the Oleander in Dockyard.

Following the discharge of this week’s refrigerated and dry containers and roll on/roll off cargo in Hamilton, Bermuda Container Line’s vessel the MV Oleander initiated the delivery of Oracle Team USA’s base camp from San Francisco to Dockyard.

“The cargo consists of multiple over length / over height high cube custom containers, each more than twice the size of a 20 foot container [at 40 feet long and 9’6” high], as well as high speed support boats and equipment. The containers were lifted and the trailers were driven off the Oleander in Dockyard,” BCL said.


“When BCL was asked whether shipping to Bermuda from around the world was possible, BCL communicated that Bermuda could compete with any global destination and that BCL would do its part to help Bermuda with its bid,” BCL added.

“Bermuda Container Line offered attractive service and price features to the America’s Cup organizers and syndicates enabling seamless, cost effective shipping to Bermuda from around the world.”

Team Oracle — which is due to be housed in the Dockyard area which is presently under construction — will move into the Grand Atlantic development starting in April for approximately three months, the Government previously announced.

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Major Barrett Dill of the Bermuda Housing Corporation previously said, “Team Oracle is due to be housed in the Dockyard area which is presently under construction and not move in ready.

“As a short term measure, the BHC and the Bermudiana Beach resort will reserve a single block of units for the temporary assistance of the advance team for the Oracle Group.

“Team Oracle is expected to reside at Grand Atlantic starting in April for approximately three months and then transfer to their Dockyard location once their units are completed.”

Recent tweet from Team Oracle

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Team skipper Jimmy Spithill previously said, “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.

“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.”

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.

Click to enlarge photos, aerial ones courtesy of Bermuda Aerial Media:

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  1. Jus' Askin' says:


  2. D says:

    tired of hearing about this….

    • iabingi says:

      Get use to it…’ll be hearing about this for the next few years

    • Sum R. Lost says:

      1) would you rather get more depressing news than this good news?

      2) there will be more news like this to come I am sure…

    • Loud says:

      D must stand for D$**!

    • Joonya says:

      Bet you wouldn’t be if it was a series of Beyoncé concerts..

  3. Doug says:


    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      Nice additional of the aerial shots, thanks BerNews. Any more aerials from during the unloading?

  4. Gh says:

    Where is HM CUSTOMS? Just sayn!

    • mixitup says:

      I was thinking the same.

      • Mocking Jay says:

        Don’t complain we need some more sedation in the Island, between this Government and their Legislative Anti-Bermudian initiatives I need to stay NUMB while being entertained by sailboats on steroids.

        • Regina says:

          You people are sad. I can’t imagine waking up angy, hating everything and everyone every morning like you. I pity you. Sad, miserable people.

    • Iabingi says:

      When you are wealthy you can do anything..when was the last time that the “Oleander” was seen berthed in Dockyard doing a delivery? No Xray machine needed.

      • jt says:

        So you would have transported all of these double sized containers on our roads? Brilliant fellow.

        • Triangle Drifter says:

          Way past the consideration of so many.

      • Gh says:

        I agree!

      • Not exactly says:

        The X-Ray machine is a requirement for containers exported to the US. Customs can red-tag and search any container they wish. These containers are often not searched at the Hamilton Docks but at the site of final delivery and unload.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      There are a few possibilities; they could have been there, just not pictured; the containers could have been precleared with custom’s seals applied when they left NJ; as the ship stopped at Hamilton to make it’s regular drop, customs could have cleared them there. Remember, they are not paying duty on these items and they could have easily been precleared with cooperation with US authorities or when they got here, without it being visible to BerNews.

      • Mocking Jay says:

        And don’t forget money talks these guys are High Rollers and Bermuda is just a pawn in this IInternational Chess game.

        • Hmmm says:

          Why don’t you go read the legislation put in place for th AC.

        • jt says:

          Speaking of pawns.

        • Daytime High-Beam says:

          Are you freaking kidding? Just because Bermuda is TINY, does not mean we don’t inspect EVERYTHING coming from foreign lands (especially USA!). We do. But, unfortunately we also mimic the actions of those on other influential lands… coming to mind is the childish U.S. congress (break the country while standing on your ‘election-loss-laurels”, for the sake of your personal agenda). So sad.

      • Raymond Ray says:

        I totally agree with your synopsis, “B.a B. B.”
        Why must it be checked locally and not pre-cleared?

      • Gh says:

        Whatever that’s how the drugs get in!!!

    • Next says:

      Same thing I was thinking. These next few months shall be interesting.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Oh good grief!!! Do you think that these AC people are going to risk their personal reputations & the millions in sponsorship money over trying to slip a few thousand worth of whatever into Bermuda?

  5. Creamy says:

    The naysayers should be feeling pretty silly right now.

  6. tom cooke says:

    I guess when the warehouse is done. Is that where they are going to live…

  7. Christopher Notoriouss (C James) says:

    Cue entitled Bermudians who will find something negative to say about this. Ian where are you? Sweaty Bump where are you?

    • WHAT says:

      instead of asking where they are you may want to ask the oba where the hell are the 2000 jobs.

      • Raymond Ray says:

        Every time I read / hear someone mention, “where the hell are the 2000 jobs” my feathers are ruffled
        Look around and see how many foreigners are quite content,(and may I say, living within their means)in todays workforce doing menial jobs that many seem to be too proud to take on themselves. If there are jobs, (which there are ) available to someone from some other country then why can’t them that complain (daily) about not having a job / or can’t find a job, take on the menial job/s (they are advertised on the Government T.V. station,(JOBS #87)Departmentof Workforce Development.
        As the saying goes, “you gotta be in it to win it.”

      • Joonya says:

        With your idiotic mates busting into Cabinet every 2 seconds holding up progress what do you expect?!

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        Gullible’s written on the ceiling above you. Even though the 2000 jobs may or may not happen I’d still vote for the OBA, most of them have been successful businessmen, etc far less you can say for the PLP/UBP! They have no ideas to turn the country around and if you think that I’ve got a bridge to sell you…

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Who was operating the unloading equipment? Who is building that workshop on the doack? Who is constructing the facility across the basin? Who is feverishly renovating homes at the west end for AC rentals? Who has been & will be working at Morgans point, Pink Beach, Ariel Sands etc?

        Get the idea yet?

        The work is there if you are worth hiring.

        • Rhonda says:

          All being paid for by the taxpayers….

          • serengeti says:

            Yet you have no problem with taxpayers footing the bill for public employees to have 14 weeks sick and 6 weeks vacation a year.

          • Triangle Drifter says:

            Sorry Rhonda, anything to do with the AC35 will eventually be paid for in USD, something Bermuda desperatley needs. I know some of this stuff is hard for some to understand but please try. It is not that difficult to follow.

      • JUNK YARD DOG says:

        Why should i feed you and change your nappy.

  8. somuchless says:

    Was duty charged?

    • Not exactly says:

      Duty would only have been paid on consumables. The above looks like infrastructure that will be exported if we don’t host the next America’s Cup. Should these things stay on island after AC35 they would either have to be destroyed under HM Customs supervision or if sold locally duty would be paid then.

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        Now what is so hard to understand about that? Maybe it is not in the playbook for the grumblers.

  9. middle man says:

    If we can get shipment world wide why dont we buy directly from China?

  10. Ryan W says:

    How did you get the aerial photos? Drone?

    • Bernews says:

      @Ryan W, yes….Bermuda Aerial Media did them!

      • Triangle Drifter says:

        No, it was a trained crow sent up with a camera under threat of being shot if it did not do the job.

        Ask a stupid question, you get a stupid answer.

  11. StillThatBS says:

    So just to clarify, I mean this is exciting and all….but….they are moving into the island? And looking for schools for their kids?

    Can someone explain to me why they have to be here well before the Cup takes place?

    • JohnBoy says:

      I was thinking the same thing…

      • Regina says:

        Then you are both idiots. Is this the 1st article you’ve read regarding the AC? Educate yourselves before you worry about the kids from AC attending our schools.

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      Does it really matter?! That’s money they’re bringing from outside the country into the country. You sound dumb…


    • Triangle Drifter says:

      Some people can never be pleased. Here they are, 2 years before the main event, renting homes in an area that has had poor rentals for a long time, shopping in the markets, eating in restaurants, buying vehicles, employing all manner of local services, & you STILL complain.

    • Not exactly says:

      Yes, they are moving here. Lots of activity in the West End rental market. Their kids will be going to school here. Those teams that are not reliant on Government subsidies from their home countries are relocated now to Bermuda to maximise their time training in our wind conditions.

    • JUNK YARD DOG says:

      “Practice makes perfect”.

      If I had $65 M invested in a sailboat I would want to practice.
      By the way we are all in for a spectacular treat.

      There are many countries on the planet who would give it all .

    • bermy says:

      Yes they are! they have to be here so long before because they must analyze the conditions to see what they must do to make their AC boat the fastest… also it is nice to sail in the waters to make sure you are on top when things such as wind shifts and realizing the way the land effects the wind and waters (currents)

  12. TonyC says:

    Plenty of additional income there for BCL which they wouldn’t have had other, with more to come. The opportunity for Bermudians to make money from the AC is there for all to see, only the lazy and entitled will deny it.

  13. Redhind says:

    We better get cracking with the construction of the AC35 Facilities – it starting to look like the Sailing Teams are moveing well ahead
    of us and we have fallen behind – hopefully were not going to have to play catch up.

  14. Truth is killin' me... says:

    To all the naysayers…go back to sleep!

  15. Rhonda says:

    Oh Great, the guest are here, how wonderful… that taxpayers are footing all their expenses..

    • St Kool says:

      Oh, be quiet. Is there anything you DON’T complain about?! It must suck being so negative all the time.

      • jt says:

        It’s April Fool’s day….and she has made an appearance.

    • Redman says:

      @ Rhonda, still stuck on stupid I see!!

    • Jus' Wonderin' says:

      And if the PLP/UPB were in power they wouldn’t even be here. Joke’s on you…

  16. Raymond Ray says:

    A thought for today.
    “Make no judgments where you have no compassion.” -Anne
    McCaffrey, writer (1 Apr 1926-2011)
    Why is it that “certain people” find it difficult saying
    “it”? In other words, say what it is you mean to say and stop beating around de bush “girl”.