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Moody 54 DS – the luxurious way to race to Hobart

The Moody 54 Deck Saloon is certainly a luxurious way to do the Sydney to Hobart! The crew on board Moody Buoys enjoyed gourmet food with fine wine every night, panoramic views cocooned in the cockpit and a thrilling race up the Derwent against Hanse 495 Takani.

Doing the Hobart in style

Team Windcraft’s Peter Hrones, Allan Bridge, Nick Jones and Ric Hawkins joined Trevor and Dianne Richardson and their sons Stuart and Steven on board Moody 54 Deck Saloon Moody Buoys for the 2014 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

The Hobart is one of yacht racing’s most difficult challenges and generally known for being tough as crews bash through Bass Strait and enjoy few creature comforts.

On board the Moody the emphasis was on doing the Hobart in style.

On board the Moody the emphasis was on doing the Hobart in style.

In the words of Peter Hrones

Dianne is an amazing cook. For example she cooked lamb cutlets the first night washed down with a glass of good red, stroganoff the second night and a fabulous Thai beef salad the next. We had afternoon tea every day with a variety of shortbreads, chocolate brownies and a fresh fruit platter. And no meal was complete without a table cloth on the saloon table!

You can see Dianne searing the beef for the salad in the video. But of course it wasn’t just about the food. There was also 650nm of blue water sailing to do. Pete continued:

“The trip across Bass Strait was fabulous. The wind was NE-NW and around 30-35 knots. We put up the 215m² furling top down G2 Gennaker and under that and a full main we averaged 11-12 knots all the way.

The Moody felt like a Range Rover with air shocks as it went over the waves.

The highlight for me though was the race up the Derwent with Hanse 495 Takani. We tacked backwards and forwards jostling for position.

We beat them in the end – but only just. Amazing after over 600 miles of racing!

As we berthed at Hobart I remember thinking how my face was hurting from laughing so much!  Can’t wait to do it all again in 2 years time!”

Trevor and Dianne are now thinking about the possibility of heading North for the winter to Magnetic Island. They may even be tempted to join Hamo race week.

As well as Hanse 495 Takani and Moody 54DS trybooking, Hanse 400e Isabella also completed the race.