The HH Catamarans team have been out on the water to hoist sails and tune the rig on HH55-02 ‘Haifeng’. Last week, 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. They 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 week.
We have been busy these past few months attending boat shows all over the globe, from Sydney, Australia to Cannes in France, ending our world tour in the beautiful town of Annapolis, USA. It has been a incredible ride especially because this year we had two international debuts with HH Catamarans' HH55-01 Minnehaha and HH66-05 Flash, as well as the Australian debut for Hudson Powercat in the form of our HPC48.
We were excited to debut Hudson Powercat's HPC48 in Australia this year at the Sydney INternational Boat Show. She was very well received at the show and after the event we took the HPC48 for a ride through Sydney Harbour and under the famous Harbour Bridge! Check out the video HERE.
Next up was the Cannes Yachting Festival. It was a return appearance for HH Catamaran's HH66-01 R-Six and once again she dazzled and amazed. R-Six made her international debut at this very show last year and since then she has been busy tearing up the race track on both sides of the Atlantic leaving all competitors scrambling in her wake. Take a look at her race record over the past few months HERE.
With barely any time home to adjust our body clocks, we were back in the air, time-zone hopping our way to America and the Newport and the Annapolis boat shows. First up was Newport and another international debut, this time for HH Catamaran's HH55-01 'Minnehaha'. Having already cruised the Bahamas a couple of months earlier, Minnehaha's sails were fully aired out and her owners keen to show off their gorgeous new catamaran. HH55-01 combines luxury interiors and creature comforts of home with the high-performance and robustness required for crossing oceans. HH66-03 Nala was there at the show as well making the Newport Boat Show the first time we have had two HH Catamarans along side one another on the dock. It was a special moment for us and a proud one. During the show the HH Catamaran team even won best boat show booth display. Well done guys!
The final show of 2017 was Annapolis and yet another debut. This time we got to reveal the awesome HH66-05 Flash to the world and boy did she steal the show! Flash is an impressive boat to behold, with her stunning electric blue hulls, huge tillers, aft cockpit dedicated to living space and of course, the beautiful Morrelli and Melvin lines (take a look HERE). Visitors at the show were doubly bowled over when they come aboard and discovered the piano on board. A little wind and rain (gusts of 30 knots!!) at the end of the show didn't seem to perturb the crowds too much and by the time the bell rang at the end of the show, over 1000 people had come to see our two cats.
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 (HERE) where we holed up for a few days of shooting with master photographer Billy Black. Billy's stunning photos are 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.
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!