The HH 42 is a very good all round option for IRC and ORC racing. Very fast and fun, they are also increasingly competitive both inshore and offshore. POWER OF LOVE has been very lightly used and is an excellent option.
Paul Hakes is an accomplished Southern Hemisphere hi-tech composite yacht builder who had worked for several specialist custom builders before setting up on his own facility in Wellington New Zealand. I commissioned him to build a 54ft IRC racing yacht for me in 2010, which was very well built.
Later Paul Hakes relocated to China to team up with and run the yacht building business of Hudson Marine. Hudson commissioned Judel Vrolijk to design a 42ft ORC/IRC racing yacht the HH 42 and I bought HH 42-01, Oystercatcher XXX, which was launched in 2013. HH standing for Hudson/Hakes.
We won several races with Oystercatcher and there was good initial interest in the HH 42 with four boats being sold. Hudson’s other business was very strong in the USA and they decided to build HH 42-05 on spec and ship it to a dealer in the USA to build interest in the US market. Unfortunately, the dealer didn’t make best use of this opportunity and failed to promote the HH 42 successfully.
In the meantime, Hudson Yachts decided to prioritise production on their growing range of catamarans, so while not forgotten, HH 42-05 spent two years in stock in the US, most of the time unused and laid up ashore in Newport RI.
My personal background in the marine industry is as founder and for 35 years the owner of Oyster Marine, now sold. I still own Fox’s a boatyard, marina and chandlery in Ipswich UK. I have raced my yachts in the Caribbean for many years and Paul Hakes suggested that it would be a good idea for me to race HH 42-05 in some Caribbean races and then ship her to the UK for sale.
We named the yacht “Power of Love” and did three regattas in the Caribbean this year. These events were sailed under the CSA Caribbean Sailing Association rating rule which did not suit the HH 42 design at all. Had we been sailing under IRC we would have won several races but the CSA rule is a bit of a mystery and appears to best suit older local yachts.
Meanwhile, racing under the IRC rule, HH 42-01 ex Oystercatcher now “Ino” has been consistently successful with her new owner, proven by winning the RORC Class 1 Championship in 2017.
In reality Power of Love is in very good condition having had only a few weeks’ use. For anyone looking for a potentially competitive racing yacht in great condition and ready to go, Power of Love may be ideal.
The yacht must be sold and owners will consider any reasonable offer.
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