HH55-02 Sea Trials Begin

Yesterday the team was out on the water to hoist sails and tune the rig on HH55-02 ‘Haifeng’. With windspeeds of 18 to 23 knots and 1.5m swells, conditions were prefect to flex a few muscles and test Haifeng 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.

Minnehaha Cruises New England

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.

Fastnet Race 2017

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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

Flash is Ready to Depart

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: Out of Paint Booth

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.

HH66-05: Video

HH66-05 FLASH launched late June and has been undergoing sea trials in Xiamen over the past two weeks. In this video you can join HH principle Paul Hakes, designer Gino Morrelli, FLASH's ecstatic owner Dave and the rest of the crew for the mast stepping, launch and a great day on the water.

Newsletter - July 2017

HH66-05 FLASH HAS LAUNCHED

HH66-05 FLASH launched last week in Xiamen, upping HH Catamaran's on-water fleet count to five. The gorgeous Morrelli & Melvin design is the first of the forward helm HH66s and sports electric blue hulls, a slick flush bimini, and bonus bucket seats and tillers aft. This dual purpose configuration allows owner and crew to choose helm position in any given condition or circumstance. Push button mainsheet, traveller and self-tacking jib sheet controls integrated into the ORMA-style bucket seats give the helmsman complete control. FLASH will complete sea trials in Xiamen before being shipped stateside later in the Summer, and will make her world debut at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October. Have you been waiting to get aboard and see this one-of-a-kind cat? Drop us a line at sales@hhcatamarans.com to schedule an appointment and avoid the lines.  

HH66-05 FLASH launched last week in Xiamen, upping HH Catamaran's on-water fleet count to five. The gorgeous Morrelli & Melvin design is the first of the forward helm HH66s and sports electric blue hulls, a slick flush bimini, and bonus bucket seats and tillers aft. This dual purpose configuration allows owner and crew to choose helm position in any given condition or circumstance. Push button mainsheet, traveller and self-tacking jib sheet controls integrated into the ORMA-style bucket seats give the helmsman complete control. FLASH will complete sea trials in Xiamen before being shipped stateside later in the Summer, and will make her world debut at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis in October. Have you been waiting to get aboard and see this one-of-a-kind cat? Drop us a line at sales@hhcatamarans.com to schedule an appointment and avoid the lines.  

HH55-01 MINNEHAHA CRUISES THE EAST COAST

Two weeks after arriving in the U.S., HH55-01 MINNEHAHA set sail on a shakedown cruise to the Bahamas. Designed by M&M to be the ideal couple's cruiser, MINNEHAHA is "exceeding expectations" and has proven to be the perfect platform for her multifaceted owners. Combining the luxury and creature comforts of home and the high-performance and robustness required for crossing oceans, MINNEHAHA meets all the couple's requirements. Shakedown cruise complete, MINNEHAHA will now make her way up the East coast, stopping in quaint coastal ports along the way and eventually arriving in Newport, RI to make her public debut at the Newport International Boat Show this Fall. Limited opportunities to preview and sail this special yacht will be available beginning in August - contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to learn more. 

Two weeks after arriving in the U.S., HH55-01 MINNEHAHA set sail on a shakedown cruise to the Bahamas. Designed by M&M to be the ideal couple's cruiser, MINNEHAHA is "exceeding expectations" and has proven to be the perfect platform for her multifaceted owners. Combining the luxury and creature comforts of home and the high-performance and robustness required for crossing oceans, MINNEHAHA meets all the couple's requirements. Shakedown cruise complete, MINNEHAHA will now make her way up the East coast, stopping in quaint coastal ports along the way and eventually arriving in Newport, RI to make her public debut at the Newport International Boat Show this Fall. Limited opportunities to preview and sail this special yacht will be available beginning in August - contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to learn more. 

NALA DAZZLES IN MIAMI AND CLAIMS VICTORY IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

  HH Catamarans made its US debut in February at the Strictly Sail Miami Show with HH66-03 NALA. With her striking golden hulls and gorgeous luxury interior, NALA was the star of the show. Following the show, NALA headed East for a shakedown sail to the Bahamas and then on to the USVI. Immediately after arriving in St. John NALA switched gears to prepare for the St. Thomas International Regatta. With North Sails' Cam Appleton, designer Gino Morrelli and commissioning skipper Chris Bailet joining the crew, NALA sailed with shrewdness, speed and consistency, scoring three firsts and a second and finishing in 1st Place Overall. Next on the docket was the BVI Spring Regatta, billed as the heavyweight event of the season. NALA, with only a few weeks on the water, set out to prove her prowess on the racecourse once again. Led by North Sails president Kenny Read, NALA hoped to shake things up amongst a formidable fleet and give the veteran competitors a run for their money. Making the necessary adjustments after a few early missteps, NALA improved each day, chipping away at the elapsed time margins behind the fleet's toughest competitors. Ultimately the tenacity paid off, with NALA taking 2nd Place Overall. After a blazing racing debut, NALA finally cooled the pace and took a bit of time to enjoy cruising in the VIs before eventually heading North to her Summer home in New England. 

 

HH Catamarans made its US debut in February at the Strictly Sail Miami Show with HH66-03 NALA. With her striking golden hulls and gorgeous luxury interior, NALA was the star of the show.

Following the show, NALA headed East for a shakedown sail to the Bahamas and then on to the USVI. Immediately after arriving in St. John NALA switched gears to prepare for the St. Thomas International Regatta. With North Sails' Cam Appleton, designer Gino Morrelli and commissioning skipper Chris Bailet joining the crew, NALA sailed with shrewdness, speed and consistency, scoring three firsts and a second and finishing in 1st Place Overall.

Next on the docket was the BVI Spring Regatta, billed as the heavyweight event of the season. NALA, with only a few weeks on the water, set out to prove her prowess on the racecourse once again. Led by North Sails president Kenny Read, NALA hoped to shake things up amongst a formidable fleet and give the veteran competitors a run for their money. Making the necessary adjustments after a few early missteps, NALA improved each day, chipping away at the elapsed time margins behind the fleet's toughest competitors. Ultimately the tenacity paid off, with NALA taking 2nd Place Overall.

After a blazing racing debut, NALA finally cooled the pace and took a bit of time to enjoy cruising in the VIs before eventually heading North to her Summer home in New England. 

R-SIX CROSSES THE ATLANTIC AND CRUSHES THE CARIBBEAN

Not to be outshined by her sistership, HH66-01 R-SIX sailed across the Atlantic to get in on the action in the Caribbean. Just days after arriving in Antigua, the R-SIX Team turned the boat around in time to sail in the RORC CARIBBEAN 600, a grueling 600-mile blast around eleven Caribbean islands. A true testament to the durability, character and strength of boat and crew, R-SIX finished the race 3rd in class behind two purpose-built MOD70 racing trimarans, earning a place on the podium and a bid to participate in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's famous Fastnet Race later in the year. R-SIX kept things rolling throughout the season, hitting many of the Caribbean circuit highlights. They took 2nd Place Overall at the legendary St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and 3rd at Les Voiles de St. Barths. They wrapped up their Caribbean tour with Antigua Sailing Week, where heavier conditions favored the fully-kitted cruising cat allowing them to dominate the competition. After the first four days of racing only R-SIX remained unbeaten out of 150+ yachts, solidifying their 1st Place Overall victory before even going into the final day of racing. After ending their season on a high note, in true R-SIX fashion, the crew immediately set out across the Atlantic once more, arriving in the Azores just a quick eleven days later.

Not to be outshined by her sistership, HH66-01 R-SIX sailed across the Atlantic to get in on the action in the Caribbean. Just days after arriving in Antigua, the R-SIX Team turned the boat around in time to sail in the RORC CARIBBEAN 600, a grueling 600-mile blast around eleven Caribbean islands. A true testament to the durability, character and strength of boat and crew, R-SIX finished the race 3rd in class behind two purpose-built MOD70 racing trimarans, earning a place on the podium and a bid to participate in the Royal Ocean Racing Club's famous Fastnet Race later in the year.

R-SIX kept things rolling throughout the season, hitting many of the Caribbean circuit highlights. They took 2nd Place Overall at the legendary St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, and 3rd at Les Voiles de St. Barths. They wrapped up their Caribbean tour with Antigua Sailing Week, where heavier conditions favored the fully-kitted cruising cat allowing them to dominate the competition. After the first four days of racing only R-SIX remained unbeaten out of 150+ yachts, solidifying their 1st Place Overall victory before even going into the final day of racing.

After ending their season on a high note, in true R-SIX fashion, the crew immediately set out across the Atlantic once more, arriving in the Azores just a quick eleven days later.

HH48 DEVELOPMENT CONTINUES

Together with Morrelli & Melvin, HH Catamarans is excited to announce that design for the new HH48 is nearing completion. With Hull 01 now spoken for and the specification more clearly defined, tooling is set to commence in the Fall. A forward helm version is on the drawing board - expect initial GAs and renderings to be released soon. The HH48 will maintain HH Catamarans' performance and styling pedigree, while incorporating production techniques and material options to significantly reduce cost. To learn more, browse the HH48 specification and renderings online, or contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to speak directly with a member of our team.  

Together with Morrelli & Melvin, HH Catamarans is excited to announce that design for the new HH48 is nearing completion. With Hull 01 now spoken for and the specification more clearly defined, tooling is set to commence in the Fall. A forward helm version is on the drawing board - expect initial GAs and renderings to be released soon. The HH48 will maintain HH Catamarans' performance and styling pedigree, while incorporating production techniques and material options to significantly reduce cost. To learn more, browse the HH48 specification and renderings online, or contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to speak directly with a member of our team.  

SL33 and HH Catamarans: An America's Cup Story

ETNZ Learns to Fly on the SL33 in Auckland

ETNZ Learns to Fly on the SL33 in Auckland

HH66-05 Under going Sea Trials in Xiamen

HH66-05 Under going Sea Trials in Xiamen

Over eight years ago Hakes Marine in New Zealand started building a very special catamaran for a German client. It was called the SL33: 10m in length, weighing only 650kg with a mast over 18m tall. A bit insane in its power to weight ratio, the boat was designed and built for the light winds of Lake Constance, where the goal was to hull fly to victory on the regatta circuit in the typical 4kts of breeze.

The SL33 was one of many successful ventures between builder Paul Hakes and designer Gino Morrelli. At the time of construction Morrelli & Melvin were also contracted by Emirates Team New Zealand to design what would eventually become the very first flying AC72. Impressed by the SL33 project and recognizing it as a good training and development platform, ETNZ purchased two SL33s from Paul, with Luna Rossa following suit and purchasing one of their own. Using this new, lightweight yet robust platform, ETNZ began daggerboard development and eventually learnt how to foil on the SL33s. This technology and valuable experience was quickly applied to the AC72 that went on to shock the world when the ETNZ achieved full flight, setting a new standard for AC racing.

2014-2017 has seen a remarkable number of boats, both multihulls and now even monohulls, flying on foils with incredible speed. It’s great to reflect back to one of the foundations to flying multihulls and spectacular America’s Cup racing, the SL33. Today there are three SL33s still tearing it up around Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. Black Jack, the original SL33, still dominates the lake racing of Northern Europe.

Today we see Paul Hakes and Gino Morrelli teaming up again, this time on a slightly cushier project. HH Catamarans, the luxury, performance cruising cat line, has commanded the niche market, and considering the shared pedigree: carbon construction, curved C-boards, T-rudders, push button sail controls; and luxuriously comfortable platform, it’s easy to see why. HH Catamarans’ most recent launch, HH66-05, is currently in the midst of sea trials. The electric blue hull is already hitting speeds in the high teens in the light Xiamen sea breeze, with plenty left in the tank. With a forward helm inside the salon and ORMA style bucket seats and tillers aft, HH66-05 provides the best of both worlds for the serious dual purpose sailor. Loaded with all the amenities for cruising and entertaining in style, the HH66 will be the perfect platform for spectating the next Cup in Auckland in 2021... Want to get in on the fun? Contact sales@hhcatamarans.com to discuss your AC inspired cruising catamaran.

FLASH Dazzles in Red, White and Blue

Happy Independence Day, U.S.A.! We celebrated onboard HH66-05 FLASH today with her American owner. FLASH dazzled under a striking red spinnaker and hit 15kts on a reach in the light summertime sea breeze. FLASH will make her U.S. debut at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis this fall, schedule your visit onboard with a member of our sales team today! 

HH66-05: Sea Trials Commence!

66-05 FLASH began sea trials Thursday. The latest HH66 sports a central helm, flush cabin top, and bonus bucket seat and tiller steering aft. Thursday's objective was to check rigging, mainsail and solent. In 15kts of breeze FLASH easily glided along at 12kts upwind and 15kts on a reach. The next sea trial is set for Sunday, with breezier conditions expected. Sunday's plan is to test the reacher and the tiller steering - stay tuned! 

Launch Day - Flash

Flash Splash!

HH Catamarans HH66-05 'Flash' launched today in Xiamen.

The flush bimini, forward helm and working cockpit and the bonus bucket seats and tillers may just make this the slickest 66 yet.

Sea trials are set to commence this week so stay tuned for sailing photos!

Stepping Up

We stepped the mast on HH66-05 'Flash' last Friday. Launch day is tomorrow and sea trials will begin this week. The first sailing photos of Flash are coming very soon.

Watch this space!

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.