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  • Moving Up The Food Chain

    It's sometimes hard to relate to an event so far away with no locals engaged to cheer on, and so it has been for some time with the TP52 events in Europe. Yes they are sexy as hell, and some of the best competition on the planet, but if you have no horses in a race, how does one get stoked?

    Currently at the Copa Del Rey Mapfre being held in Palma de Mallorca, Manouch Moshayedi's "Rio" is competing in the TP 52 class as well as the TP 52 Super Series
    throughout the Mediterranean and lis loaded with talented sailors from the West Coast.

    The Southern California based boat has a mix of Nor Cal and So Cal Sailors, including Hogan Beatie, Keith Kilpatrick, Patrick Whitmarsh, Cambell Rivers, Joe Penrod, Morgan Gutenkust, Jonny Goldsberry, to name a few. Currently sitting in 4th behind the powerhouse teams of Quantum, Ran and Azzura, the guys on RIO have upped their game and become legit contenders for a podium spot in the ultra competitive TP52 class!

    Current Standings

    Below are some fantastic images of the other fleets enjoying one of the nicest venues
    on the planet!

    The Bay of Palma provided today the best sailing conditions of the week. A very intense journey that allowed completing the two races scheduled in all categories, except for G.H. Mumm ORC 1 and ORC 2, who were able to sail three. The top contenders in each class have taken their positions with a view towards the last day, and are aware that the options are running out. The 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE will finish tomorrow, and the race committee has scheduled two races in each class starting at 13h00.

    The second-to-last day of competition of the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE has seen the best racing conditions of the week, with winds that reached up to 18 knots. All classes have now completed more than eight races, so they can all apply one discard – except the Nespresso Soto 40, who doesn’t have that option-.

    The provisional overall results before the final day are headed by British "Alegre" in the Hublot IRC 0 class, Italian "B2" in Hublot IRC 1, American "Quantum Racing" in Gaastra IRC 52, Spanish "Rats on Fire "in G.H. Mumm ORC 1, "Movistar" in G.H. Mumm ORC 2, and "Vamos Spain" in Nespresso Soto 40, Italian "Margherita" in La Caixa X-35 and Spanish "Turismo do Algarve" in Mahou J80.

    Hublot IRC 0 and IRC 1
    Andres Soriano’s "Alegre" completed another perfect day and has scored five back to back victories. The British team’s performance allows him to start the final day with a six-point lead over his nearest rival, Sir Peter Ogden’s "Jethou" (2-3 today). "Stig" completes the provisional podium after scoring two fourth places.

    In the class Hublot IRC 1, Michele Galli’s "B2" took both victories of the day, who has won six out of nine possible wins and is a solid class leader, 10 points ahead of French "Team Vision Future" (2-2 today) and 14 over German "Speedy" (3-5). Spanish Navy’s "Aifos", skippered by Prince Felipe, finished sixth in both races and is sixth overall.

    Gaastra IRC 52
    The fight for the victory in the class Gaastra IRC 52 is getting more intense. "Quantum Racing" achieved in the first race of the day his fifth victory in a row, but stumbled in the second race finishing fifth. After applying the discards, the advantage of Ed Baird’s boat over Niklas Zennström’s Swedish "Rán" (who scored two second places today) has been reduced to only three points. Italian "Azzurra", who today won his first race of the week, remains third overall.

    G.H. Mumm ORC 1 and ORC 2
    The Race Committee made the most of today’s excellent conditions and scheduled three races in the G.H. Mumm ORC 1 and ORC 2 classes, who have now sailed a total of nine races. In both classes they are now applying the discards.

    In G.H. Mumm ORC 1, the star of the day was Natalia Brailou’s Romanian "Natalia", who despite being fifth in the first race, won both following races climbing up to the second place overall, ahead of Axel Rodger’s "Grupo Clínico Dr. Luis Senís", who is now third. Rafael Carbonell’s "Rats on Fire" is still leading the class, who scored 1-5-3 today. Only nine points separate the top three classified.

    In G.H. Mumm ORC 2, Pedro Campos’ "Movistar" won all three races held today and reinforces its leadership with only two races left. Campos’ boat is nine points ahead of his closest rival, Iñaki Castañer’s "X-Spain", who couldn’t sail the last race of the day due to a problem with their spinnaker. "Airlan-Aermec" (8,5-4-2 today) and "Tanit IV" (2-6-4) remain entangled in an interesting battle for third place, separated by just two points.

    Nespresso Soto 40
    The two wins of the day in the class Nespresso Soto 40 went to French "Antares" (third victory this week) and German "Earlybird" (second). After ten races sailed, the provisional overall is led by Pichu Torcida’s "Vamos Spain", with a total of 27 points, ahead of "Antares" (35 points) and Chilean "Mitsubishi Motors" (36 points). The Chilean boat, who had a great start of the week, today only managed to score a fifth and fourth place. But the race for the trophy is still open.

    La Caixa X-35
    In the class La Caixa X-35 the two victories today went to "Who`s Next" (NED) and "Lelagain" (ITA), in that order. In both races, second place went to Roberto Mazzucato’s "Margherita", who remains leader after ten races, four points ahead of "Lelagain". Palma`s "Red Eléctrica de España" (6-8 today) is the best Spanish team in fourth position, two points behind third classified.

    Mahou J80
    Surprisingly, after eight victories this week "Turismo do Algarve" finished with a result other than a victory in the ninth race. Hugo Rocha’s team was over the line in the first start breaking their winning streak and finishing 12. Carlos Martinez’s "Deltastone" took the opportunity to score his first victory, ahead of Leonardo Armas’ "Herbalife" and Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg’s "Factor Energía". On the second race of the day, Martinez repeated the result, this time followed by "Factor Energía" and "Herbalife". Despite his two irregular results, "Turismo do Algarve" is still nine points ahead of "Deltastone" and 17 over "Factor Energía". Given what we have seen today, even in this class the fight for the trophy remains open.

    Last Chance
    Tomorrow is the last day of competition of the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE. The program will consist of two races in each class, with the first start at 13h00. According to the sailing instructions, there won’t be any warning signals after 15h45.

    The prize giving ceremony of the 32nd Copa del Rey MAPFRE will be held tomorrow Saturday at 21h00 at the cultural center Ses Voltes in Palma.
    " I just found out my nest egg has salmonella" Photo Gallery

  • #2
    The old CM crew are getting all glam and stuff!


    • #3
      Midbowman's report from the Rio

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      8/3/13 - ~1500hrs - Bay of Palma

      Team Rio, Manouch Moshayedi’s 2011 Boutin designed TP52, is screaming downrange towards the final leeward gate of the regatta. We are in 5th place, by design, as we have ignored the fleet to match race Provezza, the Turkish entry, for fourth place overall.

      25 knots of Mediterranean sea breeze and accompanying wind waves have Rio fully wound up under her A2 and the time-on-layline numbers called out by our brilliant navigator Paolo Persi keep dropping at an astonishing rate: “one twenty and thirty! one and twenty! 50 and 10!” Pulses quicken and throats tighten for the bow team: Morgan Gutenkunst, bowman, myself on the midbow, and Hogan Beatie in the pit.

      Strategist Johnny Goldsberry says he likes the left going up the course. Tactitian Dee Smith says he wants the left gate and a quick tack to get us going left and directly on Provezza’s wind no matter how she rounds. In lighter airs this is a conversation I would never hear, being 30 feet forward, but in full-on conditions the bowmen hike at the aft quarter, waiting for the call to sprint forward 50 feet to the battlefield.

      Dee calls out “straight in, left mark, and standby for immediate tack.” “Ok”, I think to myself, “the weather takedown is always the safest.”

      Flash forward 20 seconds. Mo and I are running forward, just clearing the primaries- the drop is less than 10 seconds away. The grinders are disconnecting from the primary sheets and linking to the drop system. And bang. A windshift. We are not laying straight in and a deep and slow dive down in this sea state is a very, very bad idea.


      What happens next takes a little bit of explaining for those unfamiliar with the modern inshore TP52. You see, we don’t really “drop” kites anymore- we rip them out of the sky via belly-cords connected to all four grinders turning on an internal high speed drum. It is a pure momentum game as the system requires a mechanical disadvantage to the grinders. All the different permutations of this move from leeward to weather to jibe drop require subtle, but critical variations in timing by the driver, by the lead grinder, by the pit man, frankly- by every single person on the boat.

      Our jibe drop here, at this critical moment for team Rio in the 34th Copa Del Rey Mapfre, began as a different move- and because of that the timing was wrong and it could not be fixed. And just as time waits for no one- the wind and the sea don’t wait either.

      I’m at the leeward rail, sucking in the clew as fast as I can. The grinders are blasting the center of the kite toward the bow hatch. Mo calls out to me, in the subtle code we’ve developed on the bow: “PANIC!” Instantly, I know the tack is in the water.

      Perhaps I’ve got a bit ahead of myself- I should explain who we all are, and how we got to this critical moment.

      Owner/Driver Manouch Moshayedi has been a figure in the Southern California sailing scene for years. A few years back he acquired his first Rio TP52 and sailed in the the Southern California IRC TP52 fleet: some local bouy racing, some ocean races here and there. The core of his team was boat captain Keith Kilpatrick, pit man Hogan Beatie, and lead grinder Jeff Messano. Keith knew some very strong professional rowers- Val Stepanchuk and Dave Kreuger, and recruited them for horsepower. All of these southerners are with the Rio today.

      For those who don’t know, you can take a northerner out of the bay, but you can’t take the bay out of him. Such it is with norcal born and raised Hogan Beatie. When Manouch looked to bring some new blood on board the old Rio, Hogan reached out to Cambell Rivers, Pat Whitmarsh, Morgan Gutenkunst, and Dan Malpas.

      After a successful season in the SoCal TP circuit, Manouch was looking for a new challenge. Cambell suggested a number of options- including “totally going for it:” the TP52 Super Series. Manouch threw down the gauntlet and bought the new Rio.

      With some of his old crew unable to make the time commitment, and Dan Malpas tied down with his commitments to Oracle Team USA, I came on board along with Johnny Goldsberry as strategist and Francesco Mongelli as navigator.

      Our first two Super Series events were in Florida: Quantum Key West and the Gaastra TP52 Worlds in Miami.

      Rio suffered through some teething pains in those regattas, and by the time we turned towards Europe, the final shuffling of the crew occurred bringing aboard a slew of well known international pro sailors: Mike Mottl, veteran of almost every Aussie America’s Cup campaign since the Kookabura, came on to trim the main; Ignacio Triay, the King of Spain’s trimmer through the Med Cup on Bribon, came on to trim the kite; and Andres Soriano, Volvo Ocean Race MCM aboard Team Sanya came on as our floater.

      The braintrust in the rear of the boat has rotated based upon availability. Long time tactician (and personal hero of mine) Pat Whitmarsh left us after Ibiza on account of his impending wedding, bringing on board Dee Smith who did his best to try fill Patricks massive shoes. Francesco and Paolo Persi have rotated through the navigator position as their other commitments have allowed. The two constants in the command staff have been Jonny in the strategist spot and Manouch on the helm.

      The first thing I was struck with racing at this level is how damn good all these other people are. The second thing I realized, especially through those first regattas, is how close we are to reaching them. Getting a front row seat to the best bow teams on earth setting and dropping gave Mo and I a chance first to emulate them, and now to try evolve beyond them. Crucial to our development has been the unwavering support of Quantum Racing, who have essentially treated us as their B team, putting Brett Jones aboard during a practice day to check shapes, bringing their chase boat behind us during the pre-race tune ups to comment on our trim, and giving us world class service at the regatta sites. Also crucial to our improvement, especially in the last event, was Manouch, Cambell, Mottl, Ignacio, and Quantum Racing (especially Brett Jones) collaborating to develop our sail program- because in this fleet, the difference between first and last can be measured in meters gained during the first beat.

      Although our results in Barca and Ibiza didn’t look a lot different on paper than the first two events, in fact those meters were slowly reeling in. In Palma, on her one lane race course, the gains finally came home and we were able to put consistency into our results, turning 7’s and 8’s into 5’s and 6’s, and 4’s and 5’s into 2’s and 3’s. As you all know- consistency is the key to this whole game.

      Consistency goes deeper than just race results, however. Cambell, Mo, Patrick, Goldsberry, and I have sailed together for almost half of our lives. We’ve known and sailed with and against Hogan and Keith for almost as long. Likewise, Manouch, Keith, Hogan, Val, Dave, and Messano have been sailing together for years. Time in a boat is critical to success. Time together is critical for survival: especially when split seconds count.

      Which brings me back to my tale from the bow. Morgan and I have a way of communicating that is almost telepathic (I am not exaggerating when I say that we have had 20-30 word conversations between each other during mark roundings that consisted of nothing but both of us shouting the exact same profanity (i.e. “f@#%! F@#%!!! F@#&!!!!”), yet we communicated volumes about the situation and our next moves. Hogan has known us long enough to pick up on it as well- slamming clutches open and closed to give us precious milliseconds of unloaded sail.

      So when Morgan came sliding back to me arms wrapped around the guts of the tack, screaming “PANIC!,” I dropped the clew, wrapped my arms around the same section, and we simultaneously pulsed 100% of our strength, breaking the tack free, and gathering it into the boat.

      Manouch carved a perfect arc around the right hand gate. Mo and I hit the rail, fist bumped, and looked back to see Jonny Goldsberry, standing at the aft stanchion, smiling ear to ear- because we are heading the way he had wanted to go all along.

      Yeah, we crushed Provezza in that race.


      • #4
        Nice insights, keep reeling em in!