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The crew of Rio100 will go to bed hoping that the forecast holds true. Their talismanic skipper Manouch Moshayedi feels like the current modeling makes them a real player. The American owner caught up with Nick Vindin on race eve to share his thoughts.Read more
Interview conducted by Fox News – On the dock with Manouch Moshayedi.Read more
Most people think of sailing as a leisurely pursuit, but in race mode during the Sydney to Hobart, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Climb on board Rio100, the boat carrying SBS reporter Nick Vindin to Hobart, to find out what it’s like in “training mode” on one of the biggest competitors in this year’s fleet.Read more
For the second year in a row SBS’s own Nick Vindin will be reporting and competing in the world renowned Sydney to Hobart Yacht race – bringing viewers as close as they can without getting wet. After vowing he would never do it again Nick’s done an incredible backflip and will take to the start line on boxing day aboard on of five Supermaxi’s Rio 100. The entrant from the USA is crewed and skippered by professional sailors from all over the world and is a highly tuned racing machine. As part of SBS’s All Access Coverage of the Sydney to Hobart climb aboard the biggest and smallest entrants competing in this year’s great race south.Read more
[Source: The Australian] AS yachtsmen in Sydney wonder if Boxing Day will bring a thumping southerly buster or a howling nor’easterly to test the 117 competitors in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, one skipper is hoping for the impossible. American yachtsman and computer industry millionaire Manouch Moshayedi is hoping for light breezes that never top 12-15 knots to waft over the 628 nautical mile course to Hobart — conditions that could see his unheralded supermaxi Rio 100 lead the fleet up the Derwent. Early this year Moshayedi bought the 11 year- old supermaxi that had sailed in various Hobart races as Zana, Konica Minolta and Lahana and took it to the famed Cookson yard in New Zealand for a makeover designed to make it the fastest yacht racing on the US west coast. “We rarely get winds above 12 or 15 knots, so Cookson was tasked with optimising Rio for those conditions,” Moshayedi said as he watched the racing sails being loaded aboard the sleek, black-hulled yacht in Sydney Harbour yesterday. “They cut through the middle of the hull just aft of the mast and grafted on a new wider and longer stern with twin rudders, making it a […]Read more
Friday was the first real test for the recently launched Rio 100 in race conditions when she and a crew of 28 took part in the Royal Akarana Yacht Clubs ‘Yates Cup’. A 230nm race which sent the fleet of 16 boats exploring the outer gulf around Cuvier Island, the outside of Great Barrier and as far north as the Poor Knights before turning around and coming back into Auckland. Owner Manouch Moshayedi assembled a cracking team of American sailors (who would become regulars once the boat was back in California) and a few Kiwi ring-ins to fill some spots. Most notably, 2 times America’s Cup winner Peter Isler (USA) was on board as Navigator with local boy Mike ‘Moose’ Sanderson (NZL) as tactician. LSD was asked to be on board for the race to capture the action and it was Buoy who was lucky enough to get the ride. Daz was already on Beau Geste and Lissa was the eye in the sky buzzing the fleet with Phil Hart in his Ultralite. (Aussie was a little annoyed…) The race started at 10am Friday morning outside the Royal Akarana Yacht Club in a light nor-wester and warm conditions. Rio had a […]Read more