2017 Dorade Down Under Campaign

Dorade racing in the SoCal 300 earlier this year to prepare for Australia (Photo Credit: Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing)

The 86-year-old Sparkman & Stephens classic yacht Dorade made yacht racing history in the 1930s and holds a competitive edge over its modern counterparts to this day. The 52-foot wooden yawl will put her reputation to the test this year with the “Dorade Down Under” campaign. The ambitious program consists of seven races off the southern coast of Australia, including the formidable Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in December 2017.

The team kicks off its campaign on August 4, 2017 with the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race. Later that month, Dorade heads to the Whitsunday Islands for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week followed by the Gaffers Day Race, the Bass Island Race and the Bird Island Race in Sydney in October and November. The campaign wraps up at the end of December with its pinnacle event, the Rolex Sydney Hobart.