Welcome of brand-new "Haspa Hamburg" to Germany

HASPAOn Friday, the 12th of March, the new Haspa Hamburg arrived for the first time in her port of registry: Hamburg. She will race in the Baltic IRC Circuit and had come a long way from New Zealand on a carrier from Hamburg Süd. People from the owner foundation “Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt” welcomed her home.

It was not the first time in the history of the club, that a boat had been designed as a one-off straight for the clubs major purpose: “Education of young people in offshore-sailing.” The aim was difficult, as the boat should be fast, easy to handle and nevertheless forgiving mistakes. Judel/ Vrolijk understood the intentions very well and came up with a promising design of a 52 feet construction, fulfilling nearly every sailors wishes in terms of a beautiful and competitive boat.

GER 6300, HASPA Hamburg ,Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt, JV 52, NRV Hamburg

Searching worldwide for a proper wharf, finally Hakes Marine in Wellington/ New Zealand had been chosen, being a well experienced marina, with a long register of proud winners, like “Ecover” or various TP52.
Detailing the original intention, a construction in E-glass composite with fixed pole was chosen, so only asymmetric kites are to be used. The mast is of course made from CFRP, carrying 168 sqm of sails upwinds and about 348 sqm downwinds. The decks layout is kept simple and –for sure- a grinder had to be installed, giving the young crew a good opportunity to introduce their power. Under deck, purity is combined with a minimum of comfort in a modern style. The navigator is located in the aft, behind the engine, to enable direct communication to the helmsman through a hatch in the cockpit.

When the wharf had finished the yard and handed it over to the owner on the 22nd of December last year, a series of sea-trials began. Under supervision of sailing professional Mike Castania, selected crews flew to New Zealand, to get to know the boat, and –together with the involved experts like boatbuilders, sailmakers, etc.- get the maximum out of it, before being shipped to Germany.

Now, for the “Hamburgischer Verein Seefahrt”, their skipper and young crews from “Segelgruppe Störtebeker” a new era of sailing and training can begin. With the red hull and the impressing shape, Haspa Hamburg will be an eyecatcher in every harbour. And of course, she will be participating in the Baltic circuit, already looking forward to meet you all at the starting line and at the parties.

If the project raised your interest, feel free to visit the HVS internet page at www.hvs-hamburg.de and contact the Club. HVS is always searching for engaged young sailors, from which country ever.