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Famous Half–Tonner Checkmate Gets New Berth At Howth Yacht Club

19th March 2015
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The classic Half Tonner Checkmate XV (Nigel Biggs) was the most consistently successful competitor in the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta in July 2013 and moves to new ownership for the 2015 event. Photo: Aidan Tarbett
Famous Half–Tonner Checkmate Gets New Berth At Howth Yacht Club

#checkmateforhowth – The story is that there has been a bit of re-juggling in the Half Tonner lineup at Howth, where Dave Cullen has moved on from the historic King One which once upon a time took the Half–Ton World Cup for the legendary Paul Elvstrom of Denmark, whose Olympic gold medal scoreline is bested only by Ben Ainslie.

The good news is that King One is going to continue to sail the waters of fair Fingal. She now has a Rush-based owner, who plans to continue to keep her at Howth where they've a handy little group of classic Half Tonners sharpening up for 2015.

And a further welcome word is that Dave Cullen himself will be returning to the fray, having taken over Nigel Biggs' all-conquering Half Tonner Checkmate. This little honey has had so much TLC and classy mods made in recent years that 'tis said a statement had to be issued saying the boat is NOT called Cheque Mate...........

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