Dorade’s Quest to Repeat her 1931 Transatlantic Race Victory
Personally, I think Dorade is one of the coolest older wooden racing sailboats afloat. The Sparkman & Stephens yawl is a beauty in every way, in every harbor, to every yacht designer. It’s certain.
She was once a record wrecker, winning many of the big ocean races, like the TransPac, the Fastnet, and Newport-Bermuda amongst others. She became known and feared as a serious blue water racer and her latest owner has vowed to snatch back the trophies again – with 2 of 3 down and one to go: The TransAtlantic Race.
On June 28th, Dorade and her 40 fellow competitors, will head out of Newport, bows pointed towards the Lizard, the most southerly point on mainland Great Britain, some 2,800 nautical miles from the Newport start.
Follow along at the Dorade blog – Excerpt below: SO COOL! GO Dorade.
10-Day Countdown to Transatlantic: How to Follow Dorade
DORADE BLOG: On June 28, the legendary ocean racing yacht Dorade will attempt to repeat her first and most significant victory when she embarks on the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport, R.I. to Plymouth, U.K. The 52-foot yawl first made her mark in the sailing world in 1931, when her then-21-year-old designer Olin Stephens, along with his brother Rod, their father, and four other young amateur sailors, raced her to victory in the 2,800-mile race across the Atlantic.Dorade’s 2015 crew, led by owner Matt Brooks (San Francisco, Calif.), has its sights set on finishing the race in good order again this summer, 84 years after the first victory, and beating Dorade’s time of 17 days, one hour and 14 minutes.
The Transatlantic Race is the third in a series of four major ocean races in the “Return to Blue Water Campaign.” Conceived shortly after Brooks and his wife Pam Rorke Levy bought Dorade in 2010, the campaign was initially called “Matt’s Crazy Idea,” but soon after the completion of a year-long refit Dorade began winning races, both offshore and in coastal regattas in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and on the West Coast, proving that she could once again be competitive. The team silenced the campaign’s critics once and for all in 2013, when Dorade was the overall winner (on corrected time) in the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, 77 years after its first victory with the race. That was followed by an IRC class win in the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race. The campaign wraps up this August with the Rolex Fastnet Race, which Dorade won overall in 1931 and 1933.
HOW TO FOLLOW:
- For frequent updates between events and during racing, follow Dorade on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hashtag: #DoradeSailing #ReturnToBlueWater
- For full race reports and updates from the team, visit http://Dorade.org/blog/
- Real-time tracking of Dorade will be available during the 2015 Transatlantic Race through the event’s YellowBrick system (link will be available next week)
- For updates on the entire 2015 Transatlantic Fleet, follow the event on Facebook and at http://transatlanticrace.org/
And because we love a good video – take a ride on Dorade to Bermuda…