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Rio Wins the First Official Pac52 Class Regatta! - Yachting Cup at SDYC

Manouch Moshayedi and his Rio Racing Team finished the final day of Yachting Cup with a 1st place in Race #7, followed by Fox placing 2nd. Due to the extreme weather conditions, including heavy rain and 6-8 foot swell on the Ocean Courses, the SDYC Race Committee chose run the final day of racing in San Diego Bay on the 10 mile  “Hot Rum Heavy Weather Course”. Because of these heavy weather conditions, BadPak and Invisible Hand did not race on the final day because of minor issues with underwater faring components that were non structural.

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Breeze on for Day 2 of the Pac52 Inaugural Regatta!

Following a light and shifty first day of racing, the Pac52 Class had to shift gears for day two as the breeze came in strong accompanied by rough seas and more traffic on the race course from the other divisions in the regatta.

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Yachting Cup Photos from Above

Thank you to Justin Richard Photography for the unique perspective photos of the SDYC Yachting Cup.

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New Boats Rule Day One of the 2017 Yachting Cup

Day one of the 2017 Yachting Cup wrapped up early this evening after an exciting day on the water. With gray skies and temperatures in the mid-60s, racing occurred in the ocean and in San Diego Bay. The Yachting Cup will continue on Saturday and Sunday with racing on three ocean course venues each day.

While the rest of the city was out celebrating Cinco de Mayo, the Pac52s were celebrating their inaugural race as a Class out on the ocean course. Four boats (Fox, Invisible Hand, Rio, and Bad Pak) competed in three races on an especially long course, each leg measuring 1.7nm. After a slight postponement while the wind picked up, racing began at noon in about 10 knots of wind.

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An Introduction to the New Pac52 Class

It’s pretty exciting because on the West Coast we haven’t really had any super high performance, one design race boats for quite a while. That’s where the new Pac52 Class comes in. With a hull shape based on the current SuperSeries TP52 boats, but with a lighter engine, more stability and a taller mast supporting more sail area, the Pac52’s are the pinnacle of high performance monohull racing in the United States. As well as being faster and more powerful, the Pac52’s are also offshore capable boats, with some teams opting to participate in the Transpac race to Hawaii, as well as many other coastal and offshore races. The dual purpose capabilities of these boats gives the owners more value and makes the class more sustainable long term.

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New Fleet of 52s on the West Coast

If the name Manouch Moshayedi sounds familiar to our readers, it should. The Newport Beach-based sailor owns and skippers the Bakewell-White 100 Rio100. But he's also keen on a design that's half the size of Rio. "Last year my friend Victor Wild, the owner of the 2006 TP52 Bud, decided to upgrade to a newer version and searched around for a 2011 boat, but after meeting with Gavin Brady, he decided to build a new boat instead," writes Moshayedi.

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