Published: Friday, 22 April 2016

HH Catamarans recently launched the HH6601, R-SIX, the first in its new line of semi-custom, luxury, carbon fibre cruising catamarans.

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R-SIX began sea trials in Xiamen, China. The impressive 66-feet (20.1-metre) carbon machine is the first in a new line of luxury, performance, carbon cruising cats.

Built by China-based Hudson Yacht & Marine, R-SIX is the result of three years of rigorous efforts in design, engineering and industry leading construction methods.

HH Catamarans Designer Gino Morrelli was onboard for trials, along with company President Paul Hakes. As a team of world leading sailors, craftsmen and system engineers began to put the boat through her paces, a collective anticipation and excitement electrified the scene.

"I'm excited," says Morrelli. "There's always mixed feelings of suspense and excitement the first day out on a new design, it's mostly excitement though."

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Weeks of rain, heavy fog, and grey skies cleared for the day's events, making way for brilliant blue skies and steady 10-15 knot winds. With the weather setting the tone, R-SIX followed suit, demonstrating incredible power and grace on her first outing. Though the day's primary goal was systematic testing, the boat showed immense potential, hitting speeds in the mid-teens with ease.

HH Project Manager William Jelbert summed it up well, "We had an incredible day. I think this is the first sea trial of a new series I've been on where nothing broke. The boat feels fantastic, we're all thrilled with the result."

Sea trials will continue throughout the next several weeks, and R-SIX will be bound for the Mediterranean in May. HH6601 will make her official debut in September at the Cannes Yachting Festival.