Helia 44 here, Since I own her little brother, about two hundred? meters away, I can give you a perspective that might be of help...
I have a Sanya 57 just up the main channel from me... Being Blessed to have my own dock
on the main channel, I sail right by her all the time and can see her from my Helia 44 dock
. You would swear the rigs are about the same size...
The Sanya is BIIIG, I mean really big.. The rig is not in proportion to the hulls and bridge deck
. I mean it looks almost motor-sailor class. Now I am told there is a performance rig, taller mast
for her by option, and longer main boom... but I have not seen it. The only one here was again, not much taller than my Helia 44 at the Show. It must be for fair weather
sailing downwind, and motoring charter
My Helia on the other hand, I have been racing.
No it is not a race
boat, but the combined two Yacht Clubs (Mooloolaba Yacht Club and Sunshine Coast Yacht Club) had a combined race
, one called a Bay Race shorter course around placed markers, and a big ocean race, all in one day... Helia 44 "Avalon" won both races 1st Place... Due to my stellar Crew
One the wind
was up, and about 2 Metre windwaves, the slam that would stop other race boats dead, the Helia blasted through with a big shower
of salt water
and only a knot
or two speed drop.... It was her kind of weather
, at one point 9-10 knots to windward at 45-50 degrees in 30 knots apparent, blasting though seas that were stopping others...
Now this was not a brag, but a perspective, as the Helia 44 sails pretty well up wind: If you look at the F.P. hulls vrs mast height of the Helia 44, at about 65' tall off the water, 20.6 Metres or 67.5 feet with antennaes, in proportion to the hulls, you get a perspective...
The Helia sails
pretty well upwind, like in heavy weather of about 25 knts apparent I am steady at about 40 degrees and get down to 35 degrees with working sails, and a 2 knot
drop in speed. She goes pretty well.
Expect NOTHING like that out of a Sanya 57, I mean the boat looks about TWICE as big, and the mast is within a meter or two... The "Performance" rig would have to be HUGE and I have heard it is only a couple metres taller and a longer main boom.... Sorry, but I do not think it can perform that well upwind. Downwind? Two bathtubs and a plank and bedsheet will sail downwind.. heh he.... Upwind is the key..
Hope this is a help... I certainly don't think I would order one for private cruising without the "Performance Rig" I do not like motoring everywhere.. heh he