The Yachts

Checkmate of Hollywood

A change of pace for Ray ‘Hollywood’ Roberts who has chartered the 40 year-old IOR Doug Peterson designed Checkmate, built in San Diego by the famous Carl Eichenlaub, but updated in 2000 to make her a fast, comfortable boat. Roberts sailed Hollywood Boulevard, his Farr 55, to 36th overall for fifth in Division 1 in the Sydney Hobart last year, then placed fourth overall in the Brisbane Gladstone Race. In July he won seven from eight races to claim IRC 1 honours at Phuket Raceweek and has won every major regatta in Asia in the past few years. Chartered the Sydney 38, The Goat, renamed ‘Team Hollywood’ and won at Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. .And he has come close in the Sydney Hobart too, placing third overall in 2007 to win Division A, and a divisional win in 2008, with other divisional placings – as original owner of the yacht that won the race as Victoire.

Roberts says Checkmate is a special, one of the last cold-moulded wooden boats. “It’s a showpiece and with her age allowance, we could be half a chance.” He has booked space for a brokerage and sail training school at the Superyacht Marina at Rozelle, where Checkmate will feature after the race. Michael Spies, a 40-Hobarts veteran, joins Roberts again. American owner Brad Avery has skippered OCCA's boats on long voyages through Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, and others for 30 years, but this is his first Hobart.  


Competitor Details

Name Checkmate of Hollywood
Sail Number USA90210
Owner Brad Avery
Skipper Ray Roberts (22)
Crew N Davis (7), D Hawkins (9), P Sheldrick, D McPhee (10), B Avery, D Chapman (6), I Short (40)
State USA
Type Peterson 50
Designer Doug Peterson
Builder Carl Eichenlaub