How to Put a Boat in a Bottle

By Tom Caldecott

America's Cup Catamaran on Display at Oracle OpenWorld

Now that’s something one doesn’t see every day! A full-size, 45-foot, 2,910-pound catamaran in the lobby of a convention center. But the boat is there, in Moscone West at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, as part of the ORACLE Racing and America’s Cup Extreme Experience.

Event attendees can see the America’s Cup trophy, won by ORACLE Racing in 2010, and meet the team. They can play a racing simulator game, watch a video and read about the America’s Cup competition and the Oracle boats, win a prize, and, of course, take a close look at the AC45 catamaran--the ORACLE Racing Spithill--on display.

How did the boat fit into the bottle, otherwise known as the Moscone West lobby? Very carefully. Through slightly oversized doors. In sections. Five major sections, including the boat’s two carbon-laminated hulls and cross beams as well as the mast and wing sail, which was also in sections.

It took two days to move in and assemble the boat and wing sail and suspend the boat and its separated sail/mast from the lobby ceiling, with the most time-consuming task being the installation of the boat’s trampoline netting. The Oracle Racing and America’s Cup Extreme Experience runs Monday through Thursday during Oracle OpenWorld. On the weekend, Spithill will be out of its bottle and back on the water.

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