Surprising as it seems, this is the real deal!
Is it possible we're being set up? For sure the tent is real and aparently some assembly will be going on but the white painted Y is just a little to much info in this cloak and dagger exercise. Why not wait till the tent is finished to paint the Y ? surely a couple of chalk marks or similar would accomplish the same without giving away the possible dimensions of CheeseZilla to prying eyes. I don't think those are embedded bolts , looks like rebar or similar to me. Why not wait till the tent is up to fab the level pads? Just a little to much information I think.
Just a thought.
It is possible that some at Alinghi feel a degree of embarrassment over getting exposed like this. They have done a very
good job of secrecy up to now, despite being forced by circumstance to ship big pieces all over the place. So this discovery by us very likely comes as a bit of a shock.
If upper management (or whoever else cares about it) were following here, and I know for a fact that some of the Alinghi boat builders definitely have been following, then they'd know how closely some of us were staring at maps, photos, news, business reports, land use zones, plot maps, even paragliding videos. But until just 48 hours ago, we had ~no~ photograph of this little area newer than September '08. And even that one photo was taken from waaay away, and was not at all focused on the interesting bits! And come to find, the assembly building didn't even exist
until this week!
The 17 freaking pages of discussion here, a lot of it painfully stupid and seemingly futile, did in the end accomplish the mission. Several people considered going to Villeneuve. And after the court decision happened, and it did come down the way Jocecito predicted it, and there was sudden action on the Villeneuve front just as Hastings predicted in starting the thread, well time became more critical for Alinghi, and Villeneuve became more critical for us
Amazingly, two people visited this week on the same day. I posted shots of the mystery tent the first person targeted, which is what I wanted them to target after getting a brief description of it a couple days earlier; but it quickly became clear from those shots that the 25x80 was just not it. It was all about Bombardier gear. Meanwhile, just 200m north along the same street, Schnappi, with almost unbelievably great timing, came right upon this site and ~ knew instantly ~ what it was. Absofuckinglootly nailed
That Y you are going on about is just spectacular, in the larger puzzle. It is the final piece. At the heart of it all. Peelman finding that Seahorse article with the photo of Le Black from straight above, and Mo scaling it onto that Y, is the shit!!!
I'm telling you, without any doubt: THIS IS DEFINITELY IT!
We didn't really answer "Where Is Cheezilla" with any specificity. What we did answer, was much better. Where WILL Cheezilla be?
, through such great luck with the timing, can make a pretty fucking educated guess about CZ's proportions, even by just those floor details. I bet it already has a cover hiding them, it was ~perfect~ timing.
Embarrassing, that a big part of the CZ secret got blown up so spectacularly? Yes, probably. Those NDA's are there for a reason.
But embarrassing for what it tells us, about what they are building? Hell no. It's hard to sense the space without standing there as Schnappi did, pacing it off, just shnapping shots at will. But it is clean, and big, and...
This boat is going to be really spectacular!