I’ll have to look into this.
I’m srsly – I don’t know the point this boat owner is making. I’m ignorant is what I’m saying.
I’ll update after I’ve Figured Things Out…
Well here’s the news:
But things turned out deadly, and poorly for San Francisco.
And now, even Chuck Nevius, who saw “no downside” to granting 99-year leases to Larry Ellison, is against the AC.
So that’s good, but there’s always the threat of the 2020 Cup or whatever coming back, right? So let’s check in on how things are going in Bermuda these days:
America’s Cup teams have voted to reduce the size of boats to be sailed in the 2017 regatta in Bermuda, a cost-cutting move that could lead to the two strongest challengers dropping out.
So Larry Ellison gets to have his fun and increase his already-high chances of winning (defenders win 90-something percent of the time, historically) a game where he sets the rules.
And while smaller boats would mean reduced costs and a smaller crew, they could also mean less excitement for spectators. The 48-foot (14.65 meter) catamarans will be the smallest boats in America’s Cup history and aren’t that much bigger than other one-design classes sailed in less-prestigious regattas.
Oh, OK. So what was the deadly accident in 2013* for then? Mmm…
And here’s the purpose:
If Italy and New Zealand drop out, Oracle Team USA would conceivably have an easier shot at retaining the Auld Mug trophy.
Oh, and speaking of Frisco’s 2013 America’s Cup:
Yep. That was our local “Wind God’s” scandal. He wants praise for his management, but he doesn’t want any criticism for his mismanagement, oh well.
And this is what I mean when I say that the America’s Cup isn’t a sport:
America’s Cup czar Russell Coutts, a New Zealander who heads both Oracle Team USA and the America’s Cup Event Authority, has verbally sparred with both the Kiwis and Italians in recent years.
Of course, CWNevius had just moved to town back in aught-ten when he started heedlessly / needlessly waving his pom-poms for what he called a “gigantic, global sporting event.”
But it aint no sport, and it aint gigantic. It’s just a match race betwixt Gentlemen, with the rules made by Larry Ellison, for his amusement.
And then he’ll try to send the bill to us, if we let him.
Anyway, as even Chuck Nevius might admit, in hindsight, you know, after it was too late, the vaunted boats were too big, and the whole thing was too expensive, for us. Let’s hope we never see Lil’ Larry’s boat race ever again…
*I suppose there was an investigation, of sorts. But in other countries where AC teams come from, there would have been charges of omicidio colposo or homicide involontaire, non?
If you liked the Cosco Busan, you’ll love the Cosco Indo – it’s lots bigger:
Hey, did you know that our U.S. Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. military? Hey, you know who knew that at the time of the Cosco Busan Petroleum Spill? The crew of the Cosco Busan, hence the lack cooperation after one of our well-paid* bar pilots screwed up, big-time.
*Hey, who pays our bar pilots? You do. You do when you buy an iPhone, and other tings…
The answer will amaze you, or not:
This is the sun, as seen from a span of our troubled San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
It looked like the moon though.
That could be the troubled Star Princess, which should be norovirus-free these days. Let’s hope so. And if it’s not the Princess, well, let’s hope it’s norovirus-free as well…
AKA WallyPower 118, AKA Wally 118.
This thing gets 15 gallons to the mile.
As photographed by Paul Kaplan at Gas House Cove in The Marina on January 2, 2015:
And look, it super-impressed the SFMOMA in SoMA a decade back:
“The WallyPower is … being honored by the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art as the sole boat in its major architecture and design exhibition, “Glamour: Fabricating Affluence,” which runs from October 9 2004 to January 16 2005.”
And hey, did thing get pulled over by the US Coast Guard last year? I think so.
That’s your James Bond Villain Yacht In SF Bay Update.
Well, Larry Ellison has decided to take his little boat race to Bermuda for 2017. Now here’s the coda to his scandal-plagued 2013 effort in the 415. It was written last year but it’s still pretty much up to date:
What a burn.
From the conclusion of the analyst’s full report:
Because both the America’s Cup Organizing Committee’s fundraising and tax revenues generated by the America’s Cup events fell short of the original projections, the City’s General Fund incurred net costs of nearly $6.0 million and the Port incurred net costs of nearly $5.5 million, totaling nearly $11.5 million.
Moreover, according to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, it would appear that San Francisco also failed to meet expectations of job creation and small business involvement:
The impact of America’s Cup tourism on hotel occupancy was minimal with increases in hotel occupancy rates during the events generally less than one percentage point versus prior non-event years.
The Event Authority did not notify or work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to recruit San Francisco residents for Event Authority Contracts in 2012.
The America’s Cup provided jobs for 517 city residents out of a total of 2,800 jobs (note original projections stood at 8,840 new jobs).
Neither the Event Authority nor OEWD sufficiently tracked small business participation in Event Authority contracts.
What an embarrassment.