HY15640-0211Heesen has announced that following the launch of the new 40m sportster Galatea at its facility in Oss, the yacht has surpassed itself in sea trials.

On 4 and 5 March, in perfect sea conditions, Galatea achieved a speed of 29.7 knots: 2.2 knots above the contractual speed.

Powered by twin 3,800 HP MTU engines and equipped with gyro stabilisers, Galatea is the first in a new breed of Heesen superyachts. With her all-aluminium semi-displacement hull she has evolved from the successful 37 metre class, of which 10 have been built.

Galatea will be delivered to her owners by the end of March 2014.