Minnehaha

HH55-01 'Minnehaha' arrived in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida just over two weeks ago. She is the first of the HH Catamarans to sport a forward, interior helm. She is a gorgeous yacht and an absolute pleasure under sail.

Here is a short video compilation of Minnehaha with her sails up, catching the breeze and looking good. 

Big thanks and best wishes to owners Doug and Deb for letting us join them aboard and record the re-commissioning process. We wish them all the best as they set out on their first offshore adventure.

Flash makes a Splash!

HH66-05 hit the test pool today under a gorgeous blue sky. 'Flash' will now begin final systems checks and fitouts before she is prepped for sea trials. Mast and rigging will go up later this month.

Year One

HH Catamarans Celebrates First Year

As the relative newcomer in the performance cruising cat segment, all eyes have been on HH Catamarans. The four year old venture, a partnership between esteemed Kiwi boatbuilder Paul Hakes and visionary Taiwanese industrialist Hudson Wang, set out to build the world’s finest cutting-edge, bespoke, performance cruising catamarans, and ensure a premier ownership experience by providing an unparalleled level of support and service.

HH Catamarans delivered their first launch, HH66-01 R-SIX, to her owner in Valencia last June. The Morrelli & Melvin designed HH Supercat set the pace in her first six months, sailing from Valencia to Cyprus and many points in-between. She wowed industry insiders and show goers when she made her debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, then sailed directly to Mallorca to compete in the first-ever Multihull Cup Regatta. Sailing against a competitive class of her more seasoned peers, including Gunboat 66s Coco de Mer and Slim and Nigel Irens custom 78’ Allegra, R-SIX pounced on the challenge, stunning the fleet and finishing in 1st Place Overall.

In January, R-SIX crossed the Atlantic, arriving in Antigua just in time to immediately switch gears and compete in the prestigious Caribbean 600. The multi day regatta challenged competitors with extremely light conditions for much of the 600 mile course. With gourmet food, entertainment and plush accommodations, R-SIX raced in comfort and finished in 3rd place behind two MOD70s. In March R-SIX was joined in the Caribbean by her sister ship, the newly launched HH66-03 Nala. The two went on to tag team the Caribbean race circuit, one or the other participating in the five high profile events of the season.

R-SIX sailed strong in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, defeating all three Gunboat 60s in class and coming in 2nd Overall behind the zippy, 7-ton, custom Bieker 53 Fujin. Next it was Nala’s turn to shine; she made her racing debut at the St.Thomas International Regatta just days after arriving in the USVI from the Bahamas. STIR proved to be an exciting an event, with big breeze testing the fleet and providing Nala the chance to shine. Boat and crew held up strong and validated the HH reliability factor - sustaining zero breakages over three days of intense racing. Nala finished with 1st Place in three out of five races and 1st Overall, defeating the previously unbeaten Fujin.

The next event presented a new challenge; the BVI Spring Regatta was billed as the matchup of the season, with veteran Gunboats Elvis and H2O meeting for the first time and Nala, with only a few weeks on the water, and hoping to shake things up a bit. Shake things up she did, giving both boats a run for their money throughout the weekend. Nala endured a few missteps early on, but made adjustments and improved each day,  outperforming three of the five Gunboats in every race and chipping away at the elapsed time margins behind the two titans. Ultimately the tenacity paid off, with Nala taking 2nd Place Overall. A by-the-numbers analysis from Morrelli & Melvin (who designed all of the three fastest boats!) can be found on their Facebook page here.

R-SIX returned to do battle at Les Voiles de St.Barths. Light air prevailed throughout the regatta and R-SIX suffered a minor equipment failure making it impossible to use their asymmetrical headsail for much of the event. The team persevered and managed to sail well enough to secure a spot on the podium in 3rd Place Overall. Though not their best result, Les Voiles proved to be good practice for R-SIX for their next and final event of the season, Antigua Sailing Week. Mast lock issue resolved, the team attacked with full force, and after four days of competition only R-SIX remained unbeaten out of 150 yachts. Boat Captain Robert Janecki summed up the experience, "After many years of sailing racing catamarans, it is refreshing to see that there are things that can still surprise me. In Antigua we managed to maintain boat speed between 12-14 kts upwind, sailing against the waves! Quite amazing for a pleasure catamaran. What is more… the boat is built in such a way that it forgives us some of our mistakes during short and dynamic racing." Taking line honors in six out of seven races and wrapping up 1st Place Overall, R-SIX closed out their Caribbean season on a high note and immediately set out across the Atlantic once more, arriving in the Azores a quick ten days later.

With R-SIX and Nala providing ample proof of concept in the Caribbean, HH Catamarans pressed ahead with production, launching the first of the new HH55s in February. After a month of testing and fine-tuning, HH55-01 Minnehaha departed Xiamen bound for the USA. The boat was delivered into the waiting arms of her owner in Ft. Lauderdale just last week, and is currently undergoing recommissioning and some promotional sailing before setting off to the Bahamas for the owners’ first cruise in June. She’ll make her way up the East coast this summer, arriving in Annapolis in time to make her world debut at the United States Sailboat Show in October.

Production in Xiamen continues with three HH66s and three HH55s currently in progress. The next HH66, Flash, is slated to launch this summer, and features a newly styled cabin top, forward helm station and aft tillers with complete finger touch sail controls. Further expanding their product line, HH recently announced a new 48’ model. The HH48 will maintain the pedigree of the larger HH models, while incorporating simpler, easier-managed systems and layout for short-handed sailing. The newest addition to the HH Catamarans line is likely to encourage new entrants to the market, further expanding the incredible features of fast and safe blue water cruising. Like the HH55 and 66, the 48 will be a big volume boat, capable of taking a large payload for extended cruising with family and toys without diminishing performance or safety. The HH48 as a base boat will be offered at less than $1M, and at such a great starting price the growth of this bold new venture and brand is set for substantive growth.

For more information on the complete line of HH Catamarans, go HERE

Official race results can be found at the links below:

Multihull Cup

Caribbean 600

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

St. Thomas International Regatta

Les Voiles de St. Barths

Antigua Sailing Week

 

 

HH55-01 'Minnehaha' Christened in Florida

On Saturday, May 27th, we christened HH55-01 'Minnehaha' with the owners, Doug and Deb, Gino and Mark from Morrelli & Melvin, and a few friends. It was Doug's birthday as well, making the day that much more special. Congratulations to all on a spectacular boat, and best wishes to Doug and Deb as they prepare to set sail on a great new adventure!

International Arrivals

HH66-01 'R-Six' arrives in the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal.

R-SIX arrived safe and sound in the Azores last week, bringing to an end her incredible Caribbean regatta season. For anyone keeping tally, that's two Atlantic crossings and five podium finishes in some highly competitive regattas (Multihull Cup- 1st, Caribbean 600-3rd, Heineken Regatta- 2nd, Les Voiles de St Barth- 3rd, Antigua Sailing Week- 1st). All this in the less than 12 months since the boat first launched. A very impressive feat for both HH Catamaran's first launch and the R-Six crew. We wish smooth sailing a great summer season cruising in the Med for all aboard HH66-01 R-Six.

Meanwhile HH55-01 Minnehaha has arrived in Fort Lauderdale after a smooth hitch-free delivery from China. The rig goes up today and the first shots of this gorgeous yacht sailing are coming very soon so watch this space!

HH55 'Minnehaha' arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Welcome Aboard

Here is a first look inside HH66-05 'Flash'. This is the first in the 66 series to have a forward helm. Reefing, tack lines and furlers, are all controlled from this larger forward cockpit. This yacht can be steered either outside from the forward cockpit or inside from the comfort and safety of the saloon. This leaves the open aft cockpit free of all sail controls and available for guests to enjoy. The absence of the aft cockpit allowed us to design a sporty flush cabin top with aft bimini

Antigua Glory!

Congratulations to Robert and the HH66-01 Team R-Six for coming first in the Antigua Sailing Week Multihul competition. We are very proud of these guys. Their Caribbean tour concluded last weekend with this big win. The intensity of the racing was confirmed by a single fact; after the first four days of the competition, only the R-Six remained unbeaten out of 150 yachts!

Next stop Europe and the fastnet race!

Les Voiles de Saint-Barth: Final Results

After a fantastic start to the event and 6601 team R-Six taking first place on day one, a combination of no wind and a technical issue with the asymmetrical gennaker meant third place on the final day and overall.

Its a great sport but a tough one and the R-Six boys are ready to do battle again. A huge congratulations to all competitors and a big thank you to the event organisers. See you next year!

HH66 R-Six
HH66-01 R-Six
R-Six

Les Volies de St Barth

Some great photos are coming in from Les Voiles de Saint-Barth today and HH66-01 R-SIX is looking good.

Day one: First day of racing is over and a very big congratulations to R-Six Team 6601 who took 1st place today!
Day two: Third place today. Some technical problems with genaker resulted in a third place finish.  Still fighting for the top spot!

Day three: A combination of no wind plus technical glitch resulted in a DNF. After such a great Caribbean campaign so far, this was a tough result. But its a tough sport. Team R-Six had a great time and are ready to fight another day. 

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival

Gino Morrelli is onboard Nala again this week for the BVI Spring Regatta & Sailing Festival. Here is his onboard report from yesterday's Nanny Cay Cup warm-up race.

BVI Spring Regatta Report:
March 28, 2017 - Nanny Cay Cup
Short course. 11nm. 7-10 kts TWS @205. Smooth water.

HH66 Nala, GB66 Extreme H2O, Kelsall 47 Triple Jack, Irens designed GB60 Arethusa, Outremer 5X Dominator

We on HH66-03 Nala got a good starboard tack pin end start to leeward and ahead of H20 with our J1. H20 were hampered by a daggerboard issue but slowly rolled us but tacked away. They found a bit more pressure on the right. Corinthian owner driver Jim Vos steered HH66 Nala all the way around the course. The 3.5 nm beat to Pelican Island was in 7-10 kts of breeze. We rounded 4 min back of Extreme H20. We reached the 2 nm to Flannigan Island and rounded second with Triple Jack third, Arethusa fourth and Dominator fifth.

We set our R1 reacher and headed back to Pelican. We made up some ground on H20 with better sail choice it seemed. Re-rounded Pelican island and headed back to Flannigan with our J1. Once clear, we beared away and set our A4 and chased after H20 back to Nanny Cay. At times sailing lower and faster. Results can be found on line. We finished 5:01 min behind H20 after 113 min of sailing or approx 4.4% .

Interesting for Nala is most of the time delta with Extreme H2O occurred on the first beat. Approx 4 min of the 5 min delta....

Remember to stay tuned this weekend for his daily reports from Tortola!

Press Release

Photo credit: Matt Hooper www.achromaticflare.com

Photo credit: Matt Hooper www.achromaticflare.com

PRESS RELEASE
HH66-03 Nala Pounces at the St. Thomas International Regatta stunning the fleet and taking 1st in Offshore Multihull Class.

HH Catamarans latest launch, HH66-03 Nala, took 1st Place in the Offshore Multihull Class at the St. Thomas International Regatta over the weekend, beating three Gunboat 60s and the previously unbeaten Bieker 53. The event marked Nala’s racing debut, and the strong performance out of the gate left little room for doubt that Nala will be a formidable opponent for the fastest amongst the Offshore Multihull fleet.

St. Thomas, USVI, March 29, 2017
A spectacular weekend of racing at the St. Thomas International Regatta wrapped Sunday, with the newly launched HH Catamarans HH66-03 Nala emerging as the champion of the Offshore Multihull Class. Amidst a tough fleet including three Gunboat 60s and the formidable Bieker 53, Nala sailed with shrewdness, speed and consistency, taking three 1sts and two 2nds and claiming 1st overall on the weekend.
HH66 designer Gino Morrelli joined the crew aboard Nala for their racing debut and weighed in each day with a recap of the day’s events:

STIR Day 1:
Race 1
: Won the downwind start, lead all boats in 6-12kts of breeze around the course to a bizarre finish? Course was shortened, maybe improperly? But we got the horn, called RC on VHF, they confirmed yes we had finished first but it did not feel right... after some hesitation and discussion on board we decided to continue the race out to the final island and back.. got windy and Fujin hunted us down in a full hull flying screaming reach! They passed us just shy of the 2nd finish!!

RC has not posted results but however it pans out we showed everyone Nala's fast! *Race committee eventually honored the original course after a protest from GB60 Arethusa. Nala finished with a 2nd place on corrected time.

STIR Day 2:
Race 2:
Fast and furious! Reaching start with one reef in 18-22 kts with puffs to 33... We escaped the start line first and low on the pin end. We screamed to the corner of the first island rocks hull flying with the Bieker 53 Fujin breathing down our necks. Rounded the rocks with Fujin but we made a better set to our A5, Hound height downwind sail. Fujin had a gear problem and couldn't raise their downwind sail. We rounded leeward mark first and headed back upwind to island turning mark. We rounded first with Fujin recovered and hot on our heels again! We power reached at 22-24 kts with top speed of 26.7 towards the finish. Fujin sailed over us with both boats screaming within a couple boat widths at times. Fujin finished less than a minute in front of Nala with the GB60's Flow and Fault Tolerant trailing. Arethusa had a DNS with a gear issue.

Race 3: Saw a slight drop in windspeed to 17-18 at start. We shook out our reef on Nala right before the reaching start. Fujin aggressively pivoted at start disrupting our perfect record of starts and they ended up early but blocked our pin end start forcing us to sail below the pin and jibe around with them chasing down GB60's Flow and Fault Tolerant. Fujin made a better recovery and quickly overtook the two GB60s. We overtook the two GB60s a few minutes later.
Fujin lead to the reaching mark and continued upwind to the weather mark. We followed several minutes later and set our A5 again. Surfing and sailing deep back to the leeward mark with Nala's crew whooping it up as we dropped in on the 6'-8' waves. We rounded the leeward mark and blast reached back to the finish behind Fujin and ahead of Flow and Fault Tolerant.

STIR Day 3:
Race 4: The reaching start with squared line in 17kts windspeed lead to a fast hull flying blast to corner of St Thomas island. We got a good pin end start with full main and North J1. We had the Bieker 53 Fujin to leeward and GB60 Flow to weather. We punched out quickly to a 4-5 boat lead and gave Fujin another hard reaching duel! Fujin sailed over us with both boats hull flying in the Caribbean sun! Fujin beat us to the corner, made a good set and lead us all to the downwind mark. We set our masthead North A4 asymmetric spinnaker. Fujin made a better layline call and jibed in to the leeward mark going 18-20kts. We followed 3-4 min later with GB60 Flow not far behind and GB60 Fault Tolerant behind them. GB60 Arethusa did not start for equipment reasons today. Fujin sailed mistake free back upwind to the corner and lead back to the finish on a tight reach. Fujin was first on elapsed and corrected. HH66 Nala was second on elapsed and corrected. GB60 Flow was third on elapsed and fourth on corrected and GB60 Fault Tolerant was fourth on elapsed and third on corrected.

Race 5: Last race... we on HH66 Nala were tied in points with Fujin at six each. Winner of this race takes all! Long course this time with half a dozen mark roundings, half a dozen islands or rocks to miss as well as ferries, barges and 20-30 other STIR competitors! Same reaching start in 17kts of breeze with full North 3Di main and J1. We rolled over Fujin at the start line to weather with a bit more pace. As usual she regained her ground and this time passed us to leeward on the way to the corner of St Thomas island and the short jump to the turning mark by St John. Fujin lead all the way around the course but never able to shake our dogged pursuit. We used our A4 big asymmetric downwind, our 3Di overlapping Solent upwind and Doyle A5 reaching back to the finish in 15kts true wind speed. In this race Bieker 53 Fujin took first on elapsed and third on corrected, HH66 Nala took second elapsed and first on corrected, GB60 Fault Tolerant took fourth on elapsed but second on correct and GB60 Flow took third on elapsed and fourth on corrected.

The newly formed Offshore Multihull Organization is handling ratings and scoring, with the rule designed to adjust based on measured performance. With the class gaining momentum and the owners committed to fun/fair racing, we expect to see lots of close racing moving forward. Next up on the schedule, the BVI Spring Regatta beginning on Friday 31st March 2017. Nala will see some serious competition with the Gunboat fleet’s top contenders Elvis and Extreme H2O joining in on the action. Fresh off the win at STIR and with a few allstars added to the roster, Nala is primed and ready to do battle for top honors. Stay tuned...

Newport-Bermuda Race 2018

The Newport-Bermuda Race is not just for monohulls anymore. 

The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) have announced that multihulls will be welcomed into the 2018 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race 2018.

It is anticipated that there will be 10-15 multihulls on the starting line in June of 2018 if not more.  Owners have expressed interested in the past and some having heard of this announcement are already stating they will come.  Greg Gigliotti owner of “Tribe”, a Gunboat 62, said enthusiastically “Absolutely, We’re in!”.  Also committed is New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz with his Gunboat 60 “Arethusa”.  Commodore Lotz reached at the St. Thomas Spring Regatta spoke of his enthusiasm for the Gunboats, and the HH’s and other ocean-going multihulls from Morelli & Melvin, Nigel Irens and other leading designers to compete for the first-ever Bermuda Race multihull line honors.

Appropriate classes will be made within the multihull division, separating high performance, performance-cruising and cruising multihulls, using a new VPP-based rating system from the ORA called ORR-MH. Therefore, it will not just be a battle for line honors.

For more information, visit: http://bermudarace.com/2018-race/

HH55-01 Ready to Depart

We got our first look at the newly completed HH55-01 'Minnehaha' earlier this month whilst she was finishing her final days of sea trials. Her impressive, spacious interiors include sliding salon cockpit doors that open right out to create a large aft deck that flows seamlessly into the salon. The forward helm frees up the entire aft cockpit for more seating space, a large sun lounger and BBQ.

Commissioning captain Thomas Jonsson reported “Sea trials went exceptionally well. We placed every moving part under load, including opening and closing the large salon sun roof whilst under sail and powered up. Though we came close, we didn’t quite manage to fly a hull during trials. As usual, we tested the boat under different sail loads and varied sea conditions. We managed to reach 23 knots in 20 knots of wind and, even when we were sailing conservatively with reef and stay sail, we still easily reached our target speeds. Despite our best efforts, nothing broke!  I have sailed many boats in this category, high end race/performance cats, and I don’t believe I am easily impressed any more. However, the results we got on HH55-01 were exceptionally good all-round and I was certainly impressed.

Her owners came out to China to visit the yard and were here for the final few days of sea trials. Both were very impressed with their new boat’s performance and said she was “beyond all expectations”.

She is due to depart China at the end of this month, ready to make her way over to the USA where her new owners await.

Nala's Regatta Debut - 1st Place

As regatta season continues in the caribbean, HH66-03 'Nala' debuted with the 'Round the Rocks race on Thursday. The circumnavigation of St. John is a great warm-up for both boat and crew. Following this, they then faced off against multiple Hudson Yacht Group built Gunboat 60s and the Bieker 53 in the St. Thomas International Regatta.

What a race! On the final day HH66-03 'Nala' was tied in points with Fujin at six points each. Winner of the last race takes all! In the end HH66 Nala took second elapsed and first on corrected. She finished the regatta strong and secured 1st place overall.

 

First place in her first regatta, awesome work!

Big congrats to all the competitors and huge thanks to the Offshore Multihull Class organizers and to the excellent STIR team! 

Photos: Jay Keeshan, Ingrid Abery and Dean Barnes for St. Thomas International Regatta

RORC CARIBBEAN 600

RORC CARIBBEAN 600 RACE: HH66-01 R-Six met some fierce competition at this year’s Caribbean 600 but performed well in this grueling race. The two, purpose-built mod 70 racing trimarans, Phaedo 3 and Maserati, took first and second place almost breaking the race record. R-six come in a very respectable 3rd. Though barely 24 hours off the back of a trans-Atlantic crossing, R-Six team 6601 managed to turn the boat around and ready her for the 600-mile blast around 11 Caribbean islands. This was true testament to the durability, character and strength of both crew and boat. The Caribbean 600 was the team’s qualifying race for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s famous Fastnet Race, due to take place in the UK in August this year.

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

Day 1: A great round-the-island race and a very respectable 2nd place finish for HH6601. R-Six Team 6601 shined upwind, catching and passing nearly the entire fleet at the windward mark.

Day 2: Another awesome day of racing and today’s two races saw the fleet battling it out in various conditions around the Southwest half of the island. R-Six Team 6601 had another great day, sailing strong upwind and fighting through adversity with stellar crew work and determination. They finished the day with a 2nd and 1st place corrected, putting them just one point behind the leader, Bieker 53 'Fujin', heading into the third and final day of racing.

Day 3: An incredible finish to an amazing St. Maarten Heineken Regatta! HH66-01 ‘R-SIX’ finished 2nd today on corrected time, evening the overall score with Bieker 53 Fujin. Both R-Six Team 6601 and Fujin finished the regatta with a total of seven points, with the tie breaker going to the boat that finished best in the final race. First overall went to Fujin, who sailed a great regatta and, at only seven tons, is lightning fast. We are thrilled with an incredible result and so proud of the boat and the team on R-SIX, who sailed a hard-fought regatta against some very experienced and well-sailed opponents.

Thanks to all the competitors, the Offshore Multihull Class, and the event organizers for a great weekend!

HH55-01: A First Look

Here is a first look at the impressively spacious interiors of HH55-01 'Minnehaha'. The sliding salon doors open right out to create a large aft deck that flows seamlessly into the salon. The forward helm frees up the entire aft cockpit to include a large sun lounger and BBQ.

Miami Boat Show 2017

We had a fantastic time at the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show this year. This was HH66's american debut and we were thrilled to see HH66-03 'Nala' so well received. We also showcased our VR technology and a number of visitors were able to be the first ever to step aboard our HH88 and take a virtual look around her huge interiors. Together with the VR, we were also excited to introduce the HH48 for the first time and this new design received plenty of interest from visitors and, as a result, the first hull will go in to production this year!

All in all the show was a great success.

Thank you to everyone who came aboard to check out HH66-03 'Nala'. She is an impressive boat and we were very proud to have her at the show to debut HH Catamarans in the US.