Count Drac

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About Count Drac

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    Viaduct Basin, Auckland
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    Blood, sleeping, flying around at night, and being a silly Count.
  1. Count Drac

    AC36 - The Venue

    Dang! All this time I thought I was watching the USA base being constructed but it turns out to be for INEOS (have I got that right Xlot?). Still seems kind of ironic that the USA boat would be parked outside the British base. Must have some kind of subliminal message there, or powerful cosmic forces are at work. Anyway, thanks for the correction.
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Priscilla, I was under the impression that the large green shed was for American Magic. If it isn't theirs, then whose is it?
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Here's something to cheer our USA posters. I took this last week just as the truck with another Team American Magic container arrived. Also note the boat still on the cradle outside the team building, still wrapped up. The buildings in the foreground are occupying what will become the INEOS base.
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    INEOS Team GB

    I downloaded the video and then played it back using VLC media player which lets me alter the playback speed. At 67% of original speed, and in full screen, the runner on the beach beyond the rooflines appears much more realistic. Also, the seagull looks even more realistic as well. I tried 50% but I think that's too slow. Anyway, I believe the video has a playback speed that is artificially too high. EDIT: I think it's a runner but it may be a guy on a scooter - extremely hard to tell.
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    Corona Virus

    Well, it worked on the Triffids* when they invaded earth, so why not? Just goes to show there's nothing new under the sun. (* John Wyndam. Day of the Triffids. 1951)
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Actually, Xlot's query made me do a closer inspection today and there is some activity. There are about 8 covered pallets (they look to be about 20ft container-size) sitting neatly off to one side and they may contain materials for the new base, but they're only about 1.5m high. Certainly no steel framing for a large building such as the one being built for American Magic. However, Total Marine Services have now started installing the floating marina berths on the side facing Princes wharf with more pieces to add.
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    AC36 - The Venue

    I walked past the area several times during the week and I don't recall seeing any activity at all, nor any large new stockpiles of building materials. Like many others, I find the lack of activity puzzling when compared to the GB and USA bases.
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    Corona Virus

    Good to see that possible brain damage from Covid-19 will not be a problem for these members of the Southern Fried Chicken Appreciation Society.
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    Corona Virus

    I've been a keen follower of USA politics for many years (I work with colleagues in NZ who are from the USA and have many friends and colleagues that live and work there) and have noticed the long-term trend to downgrade, or even lampoon and completely ignore, science and what scientists are telling us. This is especially true on Fox news and from the current administration. This morning, in the NZ Herald, I read a piece from Professor Paul Krugman that tells a similar story but from an American point of view, and it makes very interesting reading in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic. You can read it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/opinion/republicans-science-coronavirus.html
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    Corona Virus

    Good point Rob. I was wondering if we will see a drop, or at least a slow-down, in the rate of CO2 increase in the atmosphere. The longer flights are grounded and people stay at home then it's entirely possible. Time will tell.
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    AC36 - The Venue

    Things are ramping up. The 70 metre barge carrying a very large crawler crane is now tied up at Halsey wharf, ready to start work on the Hobson wharf extension for the Luna Rosa base. Note that this crane will be used for piling and wharf-building, NOT dredging as the Sail World article states. The marina pontoons and piles adjacent to the Maritime Museum, in the outer viaduct basin, are in the process of being removed by Total Marine Services with their much smaller barge and crane. All of the yachts and launches previously moored there were all gone by late last year. A large area has been barricaded-off on Te Wero island for a construction depot, and access to the outer end of Hobson wharf is now closed to the public. The steam tug “William Daldy” has moved a short distance from the end of Hobson wharf across to Princes wharf, where I think she’s more visible to the public than where she was and I hope it generates more awareness of this beautiful old tug (one of her claims-to-fame is a photo of her towing the barque “Pamir” into Auckland soon after the second world war. Pamir is famous for being the very last large sailing ship to carry a commercial cargo around Cape Horn, and my great uncle was the captain during her third voyage carrying war material from NZ to San Francisco and back during 1943 - 1944). The old 1920 steam-driven floating crane “Rapaki” that was moored at the outer end of the Maritime Museum is now in the process of being cut up at Titan Marine’s slipway adjacent to Silo Park. I spoke to some of the Titan engineers last week and they told me she was “totally fucked, mate!” Full of rust and asbestos, but a lot of the bits, including steam engines, are going to the Maritime Museum, MOTAT and the Auckland Steam Society. For months now sandblasting and water blasting has been carried out on Wynyard wharf where the remaining bases will be built. Although the tanks have gone from the tank farm, work continues on this portion of the wharf with a lot still to do. Eventually the AC boats will be lifted out there and then transported across the road (Brigham St) to the bases on the old tank farm land. And finally, this morning the world’s biggest (15,000 tonnes with a carrying capacity of 5,000 tonnes) semi-submersible yacht transport ship “Yacht Express” was in the process of unloading the last of her cargo of superyachts and launches after a trip from Ft Lauderdale (I think). The last to leave was a superyacht (a ketch) that appeared to have “Justine” written on her boom, but don’t quote me on this.
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    AC36 - The Venue

    NGATI WHATUA ORAKEI NOW SUPPORT AC VILLAGE There is a very small piece in this morning’s NZ Herald that says Ngati Whatua are now supporting the Americas Cup village. They have filed an application with the Environmental Court supporting the notified resource consent by Auckland Council’s Panuku Development Auckland that will allow waterfront development for the cup defence. This is welcome news from one of the major players in the discussions over how Auckland’s waterfront is developed.
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    This is a VERY selective yardstick to use, and taken to extremes one could also say that the Auckland War Memorial Museum returns even less to the economy for the value of the land it sits on. Or how about Auckland Hospital as an even worse case, because it actually TAKES money from the economy and also sits on a very valuable piece of land. And how about the land under every house in Auckland? My own little piece of land is worth close to a million buckazoids thanks to inflation and unlimited demand, and it returns NOTHING to the economy (in fact, I could swear it costs me and my wife money to even reside on it). Need I go on? The fact is that the port in Auckland contributes a huge amount to the economy of not just Auckland, but to NZ in total. If you are advocating for moving it, then you need to come up with a much better economic argument as to why .
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    AC36 Auckland NZ

    Wow! I stayed for a month or so in Kitsilano and then Port Coquitlam with some kiwi friends back in 1980 (when mount. St. Helens erupted) and I remember False Creek being a bit like how the viaduct basin used to be, except False Creek was probably more industrialised. How things have changed.
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    AC36 - The Venue

    What a clusterfuck this is turning into! And where were all these people when the plans were being discussed with council late last year, and then finalised early in 2018? Not a fucking peep out of VHH or objection from Ngati Whatua Orakei. And as for VHH's CEO Angela Bull - she sounds like a paid-up life member of SSOH when I read that her main opposition point is "we don't want any intrusion into the harbour". I take that to mean they are happy with the legacy left by Sir Peter Blake and the previous TNZ campaigns, because it has made the area into a fun and vibrant part of Auckland that draws locals and visitors alike. Sure helps when you plan on "borrowing" that happy vibrancy to add immense value and patronage to your proposed hotel. My god, these people are so selfish and driven by corporate greed that they are prepared to obstruct the resort consent process for the latest plan and put the whole event in jeopardy. I have nothing but contempt for them, and they do NOT speak on my behalf as an Auckland ratepayer (and neither do SSOH). I'm not a sailor but I am an Aucklander, and it’s my bloody harbour too! I love the Wynyard quarter (and I remember the cess-pit it used to be before we won the cup). I love all the nautical activity, the variety of yachts and launches from old to new, small to large, and I welcome some wharf extensions as long as they remain a public amenity for future generations to use. An extension of Halsey wharf would be another legacy that can be used for all sorts of events (just as it’s being used at present for the Volvo circus), and if the VHH crowd could get their heads out of their arses then they may also see it as another benefit for their hotel when events are held there. And finally, I speak as someone who has spent the last 10 years working right on the edge of the inner basin, so I see what goes on every day and what is possible if a wharf extension eventuates.