Hakuna Matata

New York, New York

Nearly 10,000 nautical miles on the clock for Hakuna Matata: not bad at all for this catamaran with electric motors that was launched a year ago.

Who: Matthieu, Perrine & their children
Where: New York
Multihull: Windelo 50
Blog : www.windelo-catamaran.com 

For us, the most distinctive feature of the Windelo 50 is the forward cockpit, which is a delight. The electric drivetrain also works very well. We have now completed 60% of our North Atlantic circuit. We left the West Indies and the Bahamas at the beginning of April - roughly a month too early - to sail up the East coast in rather cool temperatures. The trip up with the Gulf Stream was impressive in terms of performance, with three to four knots of favorable current for several days. Otherwise, and without current, Hakuna is keeping its promise under sail, with a peak of 22.2 knots - in the surf of course - and good performances at 13 or 14 knots, without surf. We have just arrived in Boston and are finally enjoying the start of summer. The smaller the harbors, the more fun it is to meet people. We often find free docks for visiting boats in the yacht clubs of small towns: the welcome is extraordinary, with loan cars etc. With the American East Coast, we found a lot of history and cultural activities that we had missed out on, such as museums and lovely towns like Charleston or Nantucket. It reminded us of sailing in Brittany. But it was New York City where we experienced our greatest excitement, arriving at night in this mythical anchorage just 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the Statue of Liberty, with a breathtaking view of Manhattan. It’s now Mid-June, and we are leaving for Iceland, with hopefully a stop in Greenland if the weather conditions allow. Then the Faroe Islands, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and finally Brittany. We plan to arrive in Vannes around August 15th. We have now ordered the same catamaran but in the 54 feet version. So Hakuna Matata will soon be up for sale, after a service at the shipyard in September.

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