New President and Director of Sales

Hudson Yacht Group Names Chris Doscher President and Director of Sales.

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February 10, 2018 - Hudson Yacht Group has named competitive sailor, experienced pilot, successful entrepreneur and marine industry veteran Chris Doscher, president and director of sales.

Chris Doscher is a graduate of Kent State University where he studied Aviation Management. His first love was of sailing, and he grew up sailing on Barnegat Bay at Island Heights Yacht Club. Driven by his appetite for excellence in competition, he participated in the 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic campaigns in the 470 class. Still seeking the thrill of competitive sailboat racing, he co-owned and campaigned Mumm 30 Xisled with Barry Carroll and Mark Ploch. From 2000 to 2004, he owned and campaigned his Farr 40 named “Twisted” earning multiple wins including trophies in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC). From 2004 to 2012, Doscher raced on “Titan” with Tom and Dottie Hill from San Juan as the main trimmer and helmsman. All of this was just for fun in his “spare time." Chris Doscher began his private aviation charter company in 1986 which grew to employ over 400 professionals with a fleet of 40 jets worldwide. He sold the company in 2000 to Berkshire Hathaway. Longing to conquer new challenges in the marine world, Chris Doscher became the sailboat sales manager for Beneteau in North America.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Chris’ entrepreneurial spirit, experience, relationships, knowledge, drive and passion for sailing leading Hudson Yacht Group,” said Hudson Yacht Group founder and CEO Hudson Wang.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to be part of a first-class organization with proven professionals building and bringing to market a fast, luxurious and truly remarkable product offering. This is evidenced by multiple Boat of the Year awards from SAIL Magazine, Cruising World Magazine and Sailing World Magazine in 2018.  I believe my past experiences are a culmination of preparation to lead Hudson Yacht Group in becoming a greater influence in the marine industry worldwide,” Chris said.

Hudson Yacht Group offers semi-custom and production yachts unlike anything on the market thanks to an unmatched combination of strengths including an award winning design group, a master boat building team, the credibility and longevity of a manufacturing powerhouse, and an intricate network of the world's best sales and service professionals.

IT'S UNANIMOUS!

3 From 3! HH Catamarans gets the highest accolades from the USA marine industry peers.

Sailing World votes HH66 Best Multihull and awards her Boat of the Year, 2018!  This is the third award in as many weeks with Sail Magazine awarding HH66 Best Large Multihull 50ft and above, Cruising World giving Best Cruising Catamaran to HH55 and now this tremendous award from Sailing World. What an honor! The verdict is unanimous.

For more details on these award-winning boats, why industry leaders and so excited about them, where you can test sail one for yourself and why you should make an HH Catamaran your next project, get in touch with us today.

A huge thank you once again to everyone involved, to the Yacht World judges, and to our industry partners and friends, and the generous and supportive owner of HH66-05 Flash.

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HH55 - BOAT OF THE YEAR

We are thrilled to announce that the HH55 has been named Best Cruising Catamaran by Cruising World Magazine in the 2018 Boat of the Year awards!

CW's Herb McCormick summed it up nicely, "I think the HH is a very, very strong boat in this category. I think it’s a very, very strong boat in the whole market of cruising sailboats. I believe something new is, if not being invented here, is being developed and pushed further than ever before.”

“These guys deserve recognition,” said Boat of the Year judge Bill Bolin, “They’ve done a fabulous job with this boat. It truly is a couples boat, as proven by the owners who were aboard. The construction is as high-rate as we saw on any other entry this year. To me, I think it’s the class winner.”

Big thanks to the CW judges and to our industry partners and friends, and of course to the ever gracious and supportive owners of HH5501.

Multihull of the Year

 

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MULTIHULL of the YEAR 2018.

 

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HH55 - Best Multihull Over 50 Feet.

 

LEAVING CHINA

HH55-02 Hai Feng completed sea trials and commissioning last week. She was delivered to the shipping port, hauled out and is now ready to be wrapped and packed. She is scheduled to ship early next month.

Well done once again to the HH team for their incredible work. Hai Feng is a beautiful boat and a stunning addition to the quickly growing HH Catamaran fleet.

We will next see Hai Feng in the new year in Miami, Florida and you will be able to see her for yourself at the Miami Boat show starting February 15th 2018!

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South Bound

The Southerly migration has begun with HH66-05 FLASH sailing from Annapolis to the Exumas in the Bahamas last week. The six day delivery was a blast; light and easy conditions across the gulf stream followed by a 48-hour downwind sleigh ride with 25 kts on the port quarter. Under double reef and staysail, FLASH hurled down the faces of 6-8ft waves with sustained speeds in the high teens and low twenties and a top speed of 27.9kts. Once in the Exumas, FLASH got in a good upwind workout, sailing from Cat Island to Great Exuma with 30kts TWS on the nose. On arrival in Emerald Bay, boat and crew were warmly welcomed by the friendly Bahamian people, and delighted by the sights, sounds and flavors of the islands.

FLASH is the first of five HH Catamarans planning to sail south this winter. Of the 66s R-SIX and Nala will join Flash, along with the two 55s, Minnehaha and Hai Feng, and all expected to eventually converge in the Caribbean in late February. A number of regattas and social events are filling the calendar - we can't wait to see the HH fleet together in full force!

Billy Black

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It was an incredible honor and pleasure to have been able to work with master photographer Billy Black after this year’s Annapolis Boat Show. Here at last is a selection of photos from the two days we spent shooting with this very special man.

 

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2018 SAIL Magazine Best Boats Winner

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HH66 wins SAIL Magazine’s Best Boat award. Congratulations to the entire HH Catamarans team, Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering Inc., our industry partners, and, of course, our gracious and supportive owners. All the hard work is paying off and we couldn’t be more proud of this honor.

Riding the Sea Breeze

The final rounds of sea trials are underway for HH55-02 'Hai Feng'. Trials are expected to complete early next week ahead of delivery. Sailing footage coming soon.

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HH55-02 Sea Trials Begin

Yesterday the team was out on the water to hoist sails and tune the rig on HH55-02 ‘Hai Feng’. With wind-speeds of 18 to 23 knots and 1.5m swells, conditions were prefect to flex a few muscles and test Hai Feng for the first time in choppy conditions. We averaged 9 knots upwind with the staysail and first reef and clocked 18 knots downwind in 20 knots of wind with the reacher. It's early days, and the team hasn’t fully cranked 55-02 up yet, but all in all it’s been a very successful first few days.

 

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HH55-02 Sea Trials

HH55-02 sea trials began this week. Watch this space for sailing shots and video coming later this week!

Photo credit: Jeff Lin

Mill Creek Anchorage

As is Annapolis Boat Show tradition, a frantic mass exodus brought the final day's activity to an exciting and speedy end. We managed to escape the outer docks ahead of the chaos and found a lovely anchorage in Mill Creek where we holed up for a few days of shooting with master photographer Billy Black (Billy's stunning photos coming very soon). 

We spent our final days in Annapolis sailing FLASH and MINNEHAHA together side-by-side with judges for the Sailing World and Cruising World Boat of the Year competitions as well as other press and prospects. 

Annapolis 2017

We had an incredible show at this year's Annapolis Boat Show and, over the 5 days we were there, saw more than a thousand visitors come aboard to view our two boats! 

This year we were proud to have for the first time, two catamarans at a show with HH66-05 FLASH making her international debut alongside the beautiful HH55-01 MINNEHAHA.

It was a busy, eventful and all in all very successful week and we want to thank the event organisers for once again putting on a great boat show. 

Thank you to all who came to see us. We will be back next year!

Shows Over! Au Revoir Côte d’Azur.

Even though the French Air Traffic Controllers were on strike, that didn't stop the crowds making it out to Cannes this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Yachting Festival. The sun shone bright and boy did the wind blow. With gusts of over 28 knots, it was certainly hold on to your hats weather!

R-Six returned to Cannes, where last year she made her international debut. This year she arrived fresh off the back of her impressive performance at the RORC Rolex Fastnet Race where she took second place in the multihull class, although by now we have come to expect nothing less of Team R-Six, such is their remarkable race record this past year.

The Cannes Yachting Festival itself went well and HH66-01 R-Six once again stood out from the crowd, impressing all who came on board with her spacious interiors, exquisite finishing and lets not forget those awesome clear-coat carbon hulls. In the year and a half since her launch she has developed quite a following with many visitors recognising her from various regattas and articles that she has featured in, and who were excited to have the opportunity to come on board and take a look around.

For everyone at here HH Catamarans, we had renewed pride for this incredible yacht and it was an honour to have her back in Cannes again and to have received so much praise.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us in Cannes, and to the organisers for once again putting on a fantastic show. Thanks too to our French agents Magalie Raison and Laurent Ludwiczak from Navis LR for helping us show the boat so well.

See you again next year!

Minnehaha Stuns at Newport

HH55-01 Minnehaha was a definite crowd pleaser over the weekend at the Newport International Boat Show. Show-goers marveled at her wide open spaces, intelligent storage and and luxurious finish. Exclamations of "wow", "amazing", and "best boat in the show" were music to our ears all weekend long.

Nala Topples Vineyard Race Record

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Nala joined a formidable, seven-strong offshore multihull class in the Vineyard Race over the weekend. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey provided near perfect conditions for the fleet, who set out midday Friday prepared for a wild and (hopefully) record breaking ride.

HH commissing skipper Chris Bailet joined the Nala crew for the event - his full race report follows:

Winds in the mid-teens out of the N/NW. In the pre-start everyone was on port tack, jockeying for position under main and solent, ready to deploy their largest reaching sail. On Nala we had the R1 up and deployed before the gun, trying to hit the line with speed. Our timing was a bit off and we crossed a few seconds late, to windward of Tribe, and Arethusa above us. There wasn't much separation between the three boats for the first 10 miles, with the larger multis all playing the Connecticut shoreline. Fujin took a quick lead out front, but wasn't quite able to pull away. At one point we were able to roll over Tribe, but then they came up and were nearly able to run back over us. The wind was not as consistent on the high side of the course, but there was a bit more pressure. 

Tribe had an issue with their reacher and had to bear away to the center of the course while Nala and Arethusa tried to stay up near Connecticut finding the bigger gusts but also the light spots. Our forecast showed the wind going left; we didn't want to be stuck high and have to try to soak down towards the Buzzard Bay buoy. The plan was to run high with the R1 and peel to the A4 to run down to The Gut, where there would be less current than going through The Race, then round Plum island which would give us a closer angle to the mark. It was a bit more distance, but we wanted boat speed if conditions got lighter and went further left than forecasted. 

We had an incredible run down with the A4, ripping at 20+ knots. Coming through The Gut between Long Island and Plum Island, the call was to peel to the A5 and get a tighter angle to the mark. An issue with the bucket meant we needed to drop on the deck. It didn't quite go as planned and we put a hole in the A4 on the drop, leaving us without a running sail. 

A5 run to the mark with the wind going slightly left but dwindling, gave us a hot angle as all the other boats went rhum line through the with running sails. Fujin had found another gear and had a 20 mile lead on us, Tribe was 8 miles back and Arethusa was another 4 behind them. We rounded and got the R1 back up with the wind staying left for a tight reach back to Block. The wave state was challenging and we were a bit skeptical about the R1 strop and the shock load while launching off the waves with boat speed still in the med/high teens. We went to get the J1 up rounding Block and settle in for the upwind, but the shiv box fasteners mysteriously sheered when someone (yours truly) went on the wrong tack line (you try sorting a peel in that snake pit at night with a red head lamp!). We quickly deployed the solent and endured a slower upwind leg than we would have liked got us back through The Gut. Tribe started steadily closing the gap until we were back in the LIS and we were able to bear away, get the R1 out and starting pressing to the finish. Conditions were looking good for a strong finish, the wind was holding steady out of the North and we'd just made the flood. 

Maybe I spoke to soon... at this point the wind was starting to get lighter and going right. We could hardly soak with the R1 and Tribe was 12 miles back and gaining steadily. We were looking at 4 gybes to the finish while they had a VMG kite up. It was a painful morning, watching Tribe close the gap to just 3 miles as we tried to soak in a dying breeze. I think Fujin made it in before first light, just narrowly missing last call at the Yacht Club but absolutely crushing the course record by over 5 hours. In the end we finished the 238 mile course in 19 hours 28 minutes, beating the previous multihull course record, securing 2nd place in the Offshore Multihull class and finishing 4th overall out of 100+ boats. A fantastic regatta and a great result.