YACHT REVIEW: Catamaran Helia 44 – new model

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A new generation of catamarans has come from the design office founded by Jean Berret and run by Olivier Racopeau together with a young team of professionals. Together they designed several models of catamarans for Fountaine Pajot shipyard: Salina, Eleuthera, Galathea, Sanya and the latest Helia. Isabelle Racopeau designed the interior.

This modern catamaran will certainly meet the expectations of today’s boaters: spacious cabins, excellent connection between the saloon and cockpit and the steering position is as convivial as it is practical

How does the Helia 44 catamaran sail?
We had the opportunity to know it all first-hand. The newly commissioned Helia 44 catamaran passed many miles to arrive by the sea from the Atlantic side of France to the fair in Biograd.

With the bad weather, our skippers have returned satisfied, even though they were a bit insecure because they mostly sailed with ordinary sailboats so this catamaran’s managing in bad conditions was a challenge and a new experience.

Helia arrived from a long journey the day before the fair started. It took 10 days from Marseille to Biograd with 3 short stops for fuel and due to the bad weather.
The first thing our skippers told us when they arrived was a joke about the comfort they had on the journey: “you don’t need boots on the catamaran, you need slippers!”

And here we are at the fair, four days of sun, a lot of visitors and a lot of curious people … You can find photos and a short film in the attachment and see for yourself…

More on Helia 44 was written by the famous nautical magazine Sail. You can read the article here:

http://www.sailmagazine.com/sailboat-reviews/helia-44

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