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Baytex Structures Make their Mark on San Francisco

America’s Cup Team Bases – Port of San Francisco Pier 30 / 32

Baytex continues to work closely with a number of the world’s leading yacht racing syndicates, having completed the design, manufacture and installation of Clear-Span Structures to act as Team Bases at the Port of San Francisco for Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) and Luna Rossa for their campaigns in the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series and the regatta that determines which challenger races Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup.
 
The ETNZ AC72 Emerges from its Baytex Structure Tent as the team prepares to battle Luna Rossa. 24/07/2013
 
These impressive 22m wide structures sit 6.2m off the ground and are designed to house the very large AC72 class boats (72ft catamarans with 40m wing sails) that are competing.  The structures are double container mounted, attached to ground foundations, with the containers acting as partial ballast, storage and service spaces for each of the teams and designed to be easily erected and dismantled for inherent storage and transportation to port venues around the world.
 
       
1. ETNZ Pack up their team base into its containers in Auckland, ready to ship-ff to San Francisco
2 & 3. Unpacking & Installing in San Francisco     4. Offshore View of the ETNZ Base
 
A considerable amount of careful design work was required to resolve the varied issues around the container attachments and operational requirements of the individual teams, while at the same time satisfying the varied functional needs of the teams themselves. The structures had to be engineered to meet the stringent and varied building code requirements of the training and race venues, with the bases complying to the AS/NZ Code, the new ASCE 7-10 USA Engineering Code and the even tighter San Francisco Port Authority Code, making these structures safe to withstand wind speeds of up to 140Kph.

Two key features of the structures are the 17 metre wide by 6 metre high sliding curtain doors and the unique portal frames designed with sufficient strength to hold the weight of the boat hull.

The front gable of each structure incorporates a heavy-duty truss to support the sliding door curtains.  The bi-parting curtains are required to be easily and quickly opened to their full 17 metre width to give free access for the boat hull and just as easily and quickly closed for security purposes.

The portals themselves have sufficient load capacity to allow a 4 tonne boat hull to be hoisted into the air to the desired height for the teams' unique foiling centerboards to be installed, tested and modified within the confines of the tent structure..  Electric chain motors are attached on both sides of each portal and when fully raised the crew have clear and safe access underneath the entire area of both hulls of these catamarans.

Both Management and the individual teams are extremely happy with the visual look and operational effectiveness of their new structures.

The Louis Vuitton Cup round robin began on July 7th, with ETNZ, Luna Rossa and Artemis Racing battling it out for almost two months to see who will challenge Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup starting on September 7th, 2013.
 
The Port of San Francisco hosts the 34th America’s Cup in three main on-shore areas of the port, as well as the racing action on the water in San Francisco Bay, with the America’s Cup Village located on the Marina Green, America’s Cup Park at Pier 27 / 29 and the Team Bases, (where you’ll find all the Baytex Structure Tents!) at Pier 30 / 32.

Baytex wish ETNZ & Luna Rossa the best of luck for their upcoming races and look forward to seeing one of them do battle with Oracle Team USA for the Cup.  C'mon lads!

 

 

 

More Youtube Videos:

Building the Wing

Preparing The Machine for Racing

Team NZ's New Home in San Francisco

 

34th America’s Cup Venue Map - Port of San Francisco