“After dominating their class and being crowned top overall boat at the 2013 Dun Laoghaire Regatta, Checkmate Sailing are returning to this year’s event. Their all conquering Humphreys Half Tonner has been replaced with Checkmate XVI, a new C&C30 from the drawing board of Wicklow based Mark Mills.

Skipper Nigel Biggs comments “Dun Laoghaire Regatta has always been one of our favourite regatta’s. We have competed here for many years and having been honoured with the top boat award last time, we were determined to come back and try to retain this prestigious award.

We have always been made to feel incredibly welcome at this event and feel it strikes the perfect balance between competitive racing and fun socialising. I am extremely privileged to have recently been elected as a member of the Royal Irish Yacht Club and am looking forward to racing under their burgee this year.

During our last project with Checkmate XV we were fortunate to work with Mark Mills who was instrumental in turning a near 30 year old IOR racer into a competitive IRC boat. ‎Having sold Checkmate XV to our good friend Dave Cullen we were looking for a successor and Mark suggested the new C&C 30 that he had designed.

The boat ticked every box for us, sailed by a relatively small crew, extremely fast, trailable and with the prospect of competitive one-design racing. Checkmate XVI is the first of the class in Europe and although she has only recently arrived from the US we are already finding her extremely rewarding to sail. We are very much looking forward to bringing her to Dun Laoghaire Regatta and catching up with all our friends again ”

See onboard vid below of a C&C30 in action: