The HH Catamaran fleet has begun its Winter migration, with HH66-05 FLASH sailing from Annapolis to the Exumas last week. With cold weather and frontal conditions forecasted to the North, the crew departed Annapolis bound for Beaufort, NC. After a quick pit stop and a light and easy Gulf Stream crossing, the breeze filled in and a 48-hour downwind sleigh ride ensued. With 25kts on the port quarter, under double reefed main and staysail, FLASH surfed down the faces of 6-8ft waves with sustained speeds in the high teens to low twenties and a top speed of 27.9kts.
Once in the Exumas, FLASH got a chance to stretch her legs upwind, sailing from Cat Island to Great Exuma with 30kts 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. Two HH66 sister ships, R-SIX and Nala will join Flash, along with two 55s, Minnehaha and Hai Feng; the five yachts will eventually converge in the Caribbean late February. Together with the Offshore Multihull Association, HH is excited to promote growing participation in a number of Caribbean events this Spring. Despite, or perhaps in-part because of, the devastating blow dealt to the BVI this year, nine big performance cats are already signed-up to participate in the 2018 BVI Spring Regatta.
The HH fleet is excited to take part in this and other events throughout the season, and is looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the recovery efforts of the islands that have so graciously hosted the sailing community over the years. To keep up with the HH fleet or to learn more about HH Catamarans, check out the website and Facebook page or contact them directly at [email protected].
HH Catamarans are owned and built by Hudson Yacht Group and designed by Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering.