First mul­ti­hull head­ing to Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

THE 18.8 me­tre lux­ury cata­ma­ran Ha Ha looks al­most too good to race, but that is ex­actly what the owner, Chris­tian Ainsworth, is plan­ning to do at Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week from Au­gust 16-23.

Af­ter cruis­ing for 8000 nau­ti­cal miles over the past two years be­tween Syd­ney, the Gold Coast and the Whit­sun­days, as well as to Noumea and back, Ainsworth has de­cided on a change of pace and he’s go­ing to com­pete in the new Mul­ti­hull Di­vi­sion at race week.

The yacht’s skip­per Col Maslen, said hav­ing been a spec­ta­tor at race week in 2012, Ainsworth “re­ally liked the sail­ing he saw and the trop­i­cal feel of the re­gatta”.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to it, not that we are ex­pect­ing any­thing spec­tac­u­lar on the race course - Ha Ha is built for com­fort – not for speed,” he said.

Nonethe­less, Ainsworth must be hop­ing that in some small way he can em­u­late the suc­cess his brother, Stephen Ainsworth, has en­joyed at race week in re­cent years, in­clud­ing win­ning the Grand Prix IRC di­vi­sion in 2010 with his fa­mous 19.2 me­tre racer, Loki.

While Loki is a min­i­mal­ist ocean rac­ing yacht, where com­fort comes a dis­tant sec­ond to the quest for speed, Ha Ha is at the ab­so­lute op­po­site end of the sail­ing spec­trum. The La­goon 620 de­sign fea­tures a fly­bridge where guests can lounge, an ex­pan­sive and lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed main sa­lon, din­ing op­tions both in and out and sleep­ing cab­ins that are sump­tu­ously ap­pointed with ho­tel-style dou­ble-berth suites.

Ha Ha is the first en­try for the Mul­ti­hull Di­vi­sion at Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week 2014. The yacht is cur­rently out of the wa­ter on the Gold Coast for an­nual main­te­nance and Ainsworth plans to do a ca­sual coastal cruise north to Hamil­ton Is­land start­ing in July.

FIRST FOR FLEET: Ha Ha, a su­perbly ap­pointed La­goon 620 cata­ma­ran, is the first mul­ti­hull en­try for Audi Hamil­ton Is­land Race Week 2014. Im­age sup­plied by La­goon Cata­ma­rans.

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