Oracle keen to revive pool at Sandys 360
Tentative plans are afoot for the swimming pool at Sandys 360 to be put back into limited use.
Talks are under way with Oracle Team USA for the 25-metre pool at the sports centre to be used for training by the America’s Cup athletes.
Craig McFarlane, the team’s head of physical performance, stressed that discussions with the Sandys 360 board of directors were only at an early stage.
Financial troubles, including unpaid debts to Belco, resulted in the multimillion-dollar complex closing in November 2013.
The water has been kept circulating in the facility’s 25-metre swimming pool, which Mr McFarlane said could be relatively easy to get back in working order.
“The pool just needs a bit of a cleaning on the bottom and more circulation,” he said. “We will also need to heat it to a certain temperature, so we would need to find a bit of money for that.”
The Somerset sports complex is close to Oracle’s base to Dockyard and would prove ideal for the rigorous training schedule. If Oracle is able to come up with a deal, Mr McFarlane said the team would hopefully come to an arrangement whereby members of the public might have access to the pool as well.
“That’s the end goal, for sure,” he said.
“We want to do outreach to the community, so it would be great if it comes to a point where we could give back.”