First multihull heading to Hamo
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.