Battle on! Our leisurely test sail immediately turned serious as the builder set to work on the bank of winches that sit separate from and just forward of the flybridge helm station, trimming the jib here, tweaking the traveler there. At first, we held even with the other cat, then pulled away. In 12 knots of breeze, our upwind speed over the ground registered in the high 6s, with occasional spurts of 7 knots and better. Sitting at the wheel, with excellent visibility all around—even forward to port, often a blind spot on these big catamarans—I concluded that the Hélia was a fine addition to the Fountaine Pajot range of comfortable and seaworthy voyaging multihulls.