Team Oracle set up home in Dockyard

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  • Team Oracle USA, the defenders of the America's Cup, are setting up their base in Dockyard. This wing shed is part of the site, along with a boat shed, hospitality area and gym (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Team Oracle USA, the defenders of the America's Cup, are setting up their base in Dockyard. This wing shed is part of the site, along with a boat shed, hospitality area and gym (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Team Oracle's Wing Shed take shape in Dockyard (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Team Oracle's Wing Shed take shape in Dockyard (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • A crew works on creating Team Oracle's hospitality area (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    A crew works on creating Team Oracle's hospitality area (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Team Oracle's wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Team Oracle's wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Joe Lheureux from Oracle cuts a loft floor (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Joe Lheureux from Oracle cuts a loft floor (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Work is under way on creating a boat shed for Team Oracle's vessels (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Work is under way on creating a boat shed for Team Oracle's vessels (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • The wing shed and boat shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    The wing shed and boat shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Oracle's spacious boat shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Oracle's spacious boat shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Team Oracle USA, the defenders of the America's Cup, are setting up shop in Dockyard, where they will be based (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Team Oracle USA, the defenders of the America's Cup, are setting up shop in Dockyard, where they will be based (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Crews at work on the hospitality area (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Crews at work on the hospitality area (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Interior of the wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Interior of the wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • The Chase Boat - under wraps, for now (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    The Chase Boat - under wraps, for now (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • The America's Cup defenders will enjoy a spacious gymnasium as part of their team base (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    The America's Cup defenders will enjoy a spacious gymnasium as part of their team base (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Oracle's wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Oracle's wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Work is under way on the wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Work is under way on the wing shed (Photo by Akil Simmons)


Away from the fuss over who is in the 35th America’s Cup and who is not, Royal Gazette photographer Akil Simmons ventured to Dockyard to catch the men behind the scenes of Oracle Team USA — the builders who are laying the table for the defender’s base camp.

What he found were a number of spectacular sights, albeit mostly works in progress, which should set the pulses racing in the build-up to the first action, which will be in the Great Sound from October 16 to 18 for the America’s Cup World Series.

It is still to be determined how much of the rest of the racing will be in Bermuda, but the summer of 2017 is destined to show off the Island in all its finery during the America’s Cup play-offs to determine the challenger, and the match itself.

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Published Apr 8, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 8, 2015 at 12:26 am)

Team Oracle set up home in Dockyard

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