Rio Wins the 2017 Yachting Cup, Inaugural Pac52 Class Event
The biennial Pacific Cup attracted 64 entrants for the 2070 nm course from San Francisco to Hawaii, with the fleet divided among four staggered starts on July 11, 12, 14, and 15. Here’s a report from July 21. Strong winds propelled Manouch Moshayedi’s super maxi Rio 100 across the Pacific to set a new Pacific Cup elapsed time record. Crossing the finish on July 20 at 13:51:13 local Hawaii time (15:51:13 PDT), Rio 100 posted an elapsed time of 5 days, 3 hours, 41 mins and 13 seconds, knocking two hours off the record set in 2004 by Robert Miller, whose 139-foot Mari Cha IV finished with an elapsed time of 5 days, 5 hours, 38 minutes and 10 seconds. Rio 100 sailed a course slightly above the rhumb line for the entire race, taking advantage of breezes fed by the well-behaved Pacific High as well as remnants of Hurricane Celia. Many of this year’s crew of 16, including navigator Christopher Branning, were also onboard for the 2015 Transpac when Rio won the prestigious Barn Door Trophy with an elapsed time of 7 days, 5 hours, 34 minutes, and 07 seconds. We’re watching tropical depression Darby which has not dissipated […]Read more
Join the crew of RIO 100 on their record setting run in this years San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race! Enjoy and make sure you watch in “HD”Read more
Congratulations to Manouch Moshayedi and the crew of 19 aboard Rio 100, who set the monohull course record by completing the Vallarta Race course in 77.7 hours. Navigator Chris Branning checked in with SDYC prior to the race to make sure they knew what the record was, to set their strategy and make decisions to potentially eclipse the record. The previous record was set in 2010 by Bill Turpin’s Akela at 80.87 hours. Rio 100 managed to finish the race at 1900 local time, avoiding the Tuesday night light air that tends to set in on the approach to Banderas Bay. PV Race Results ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]Read more
Transpac is one of the best and most important yacht races in the world and the Barn Door trophy is one of the most coveted. The organization did a great job of organizing the race from the kickoff party to assigning us a great host here in Hawaii. This race was unusual in that at the time of our start there were three different weather anomalies that affected our routing and the amount of wind on the race course. We ended up finishing ten hours after the record time which forces us to come back again next time to see if we can break the record. A year and half ago we decided to build a boat that was able to win the Barn Door Trophy, this mission was well executed and achieved. I have to thank Brett Bakewell-White and the Cookson’s yard for designing and building such a great boat for us. My special thanks go to our most important team member, Keith Kilpatrick who supervised building the boat as it progressed inch by inch and then taking care of her and customizing her for our races. The boat is always prepared and in top shape. Keith is also […]Read more
Hope you all enjoy this video of our record setting run down the California Coast!
SoCal300 was a great success, it’s by far the best offshore race in California. SDYC and SBYC did a great job in coordinating this race. 4:30 PM the day before, cocktails and appetizers with a great view of the beach and the bay with the great looking Jost von Kursell trophy on display. 9:00 AM the day of, skippers meeting with Dave Servais explaining the course and rules. 12:00 warning gun and our 12:05 start in a 12 knot Northerly breeze. Wizard was first around the first mark that was set a mile north of the start closely followed by Rio100 and Bad Pack. Rio100 caught up and passed Wizard after about an hour of upwind sailing in 15 to 20 knots of breeze with the first reef in. Turned the corner at Santa Cruise Island into a reach at 2:15 PM in 20 knots of wind with our R2 and J5 up blasting down at 20-24 knots with nice rollers helping us along (this was fantastic sailing). Passed below San Nicholas at around 5:30 PM with the same conditions and came up a few degrees. Arrived at the NOAA buoy at 8:30 PM while there was some light. Under […]Read more