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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!
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!
A time lapse clip of HH55-02 'Hai Feng' mast step, weighing and departure for launch.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
We were fortunate to join owners Doug and Deb aboard HH55-01 Minnehaha earlier this month for a week long cruise in New England - the quintessential American yachting destination. We joined the boat in Sag Harbor and made our way to Martha's Vineyard, with stops in Greenport, Montauk, Block Island and Cuttyhunk along the way. Light winds prevailed, so the few times we were able to raise sails the sailing was calm and relaxing. The anchorages and quaint ports we visited were spectacular; we swam, paddleboarded, rode bikes, hiked, shopped and enjoyed beautiful meals together. In Cuttyhunk we crossed paths with the New York Yacht Club summer cruise, 150 of the club's members cruising together for a week to iconic New England destinations. Minnehaha's big sister, HH66-03 Nala, was among the boats participating, and owners and crew spent the evening together visiting one another's boats and getting acquainted over pain killers and sailing stories. We bid Minnehaha adieu in Martha's Vineyard, and Doug and Deb continued on to Nantucket. We'll catch up with Minnehaha again next month, when she makes her world debut at the Newport International Boat Show.
3 DAYS, 3 HOURS, 3 MINUTES, 3 SECONDS
HH66-01 Team R-Six completed the Fastnet Race in 3 days, 3 hours, 3 minutes and 3 seconds! They took 2nd in the MOCRA class, loosing only to the 70 foot trimaran, Concise, which did an incredible job and finishing the race in only 42 hours! There were 364 boats overall competing in different classes.
As you can see from the video below, there was certainly no lack of action.
Photo Credit: Tim Wright
HH66-05 'Flash' commissioning and sea trials are officially over! She was hauled out last week and is now being prepared for delivery to the US and to her new owner.
Another huge congratulations to the HH team for their incredible efforts in building yet another stunning catamaran. Next time we see Flash, it will be Baltimore, MD!
HH55-02 left the paint booth this week, giving us our first look at the newly completed hulls and it's another great job from the HH paint team.
Every HH Catamaran launched to date has been striking, unique and visually distinct. HH66-01 and 02 owners both chose a clear coat carbon finish for their hulls (with 66-02's owner adding green dragon eye vinyls on the bow!) whilst HH66-03 left the yard with glittering hazelnut-gold hulls. The most recent 66 launch, HH66-05, sports a metallic blue paint job and might be the most eye popping launch so far.
For the HH55 series, both owners have chosen more classic looks, with HH55-01 opting for baby blue hulls and and now HH55-02 with her beautiful Pearl Grey finish.