BMW Oracle adapts Valencia base for big multihull yacht
Valencia Sailing is back to Valencia, after a great week of TP52 racing in Alicante, and it appears our "recon team" observed some activity currently going on that could be related to the 33rd America's Cup. More precisely, it seems that BMW Oracle are making modifications to the waterfront of their base in order for big multihulls to use it.
Believe it or not, I have no pictures because I had forgotten my camera. Still, there is an approximation of what BMW Oracle is doing on the Google satellite photo, here below. The white rectangle corresponds, approximately, to the area under works. The three floating pontoons inside the rectangle have been removed while a piling boat is hammering a couple of piles into place, on the corners of the rectangle.
Approximate dimensions of the construction works in the BMW Oracle waterfront. Valencia, 18 May 2009. Photo copyright Google Earth
As per the Google measuring tool the white square's side is approximately 100-110 feet long. As far as we know, two trimarans could make use of such facilities. BMW Oracle's very own BOR90, or Franck Cammas' 100ft Groupama 3 that will be in Valencia in the first week of June. Given the very good relations the French multihull guru holds with the American team it would come as no surprise to see the immense Groupama 3 docked in front of the BMW Oracle base. Time will tell.
Since BMW Oracle represents a yacht club based in San Francisco, California, I hope they don't send the California Highway Patrol or the FBI over here to arrest and interrogate me on spying charges.