Wicklow yacht designer, Mark Mills has enjoyed incredible success, creating numerous winning yachts; Tiamat, Blondie IV and Mariners Cove.  However, his latest yacht is by far the biggest and most hi-tech creation to date.

The stunning lines and technical systems of the Mills 68, Alegre, can only be described as one of the most hi-tech examples of racing yacht in the world today. She was built in the United States and whilst Mills designed her, many of the boats systems also had input from America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race navigator, Jules Salter. Alegre is competing at ACCBank Cork Week for the first time and whilst her deck lay out and rig is as advanced as America’s Cup boats, the gleaming grey hull houses bunks for 12, a full galley and shower and heads combination. One very unusual feature is a lifting propeller, designed to increase performance but also allowing for a significant cruising speed under engine.