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Winning the 2017 Transpac Barn Door Trophy

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Record Setting Run in the 2016 Pacific Cup

Take a look at life aboard the mighty RIO 100 on her latest Record setting run in the 2016 Pacific Cup. Rio and her crew set a new course record of 5 days, 2 hours, 41 minutes, and 13 seconds; beating the previous record holder, the 139 foot Mari Cha IV, by more than 2 hours! Make sure you watch in HD for best viewing!

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New Elapsed Time Record in 2016 Pacific Cup Set By Rio 100

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 […]

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Rio 100 Sets the Vallarta Race New Monohull Course Record

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″] 

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Winning the Barn Door Trophy – Thank you from Manouch

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 […]

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