After purchasing Dorade in 2010, Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy spent a year restoring the yacht to its original condition before kicking off the “Return to Blue Water” campaign. Their goal with the campaign was to repeat all of the major ocean races the yacht had won in the 1930s, matching or bettering her original performance in the Transatlantic, Newport-Bermuda, Fastnet and TransPacific ocean races.

The campaign was successful beyond their wildest dreams, with the team not only bettering Dorade’s original times in all of the races, but also reaching the podium in every race and winning the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race overall on corrected time, 77 years after Dorade won that race for the first time. In 2015, the campaign wrapped up with stellar performances by an all-star crew, placing second in class in an exceptionally rough and windy 2,800-mile Transatlantic Race, followed by second in class in the Rolex Fastnet Race, where Dorade finished 7th overall out of 356 boats.

2013 – 2015

Transpacific Race 2013 – 1st overall

Newport Bermuda Race 2014 – 1st (IRC)/2nd (ORR), Class 2, St. David’s Lighthouse Division

Transatlantic Race 2015 – 2nd IRC Class 4, 9th overall

Rolex Fastnet Race 2015 – 2nd in class, 7th overall

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“We started out four years ago with almost no experience in ocean racing and some very modest ideas about what we wanted to accomplish, but with persistence and the right people on our team we were able to grow this into a global campaign that has put us on the podium with the very best in the sport.” – Matt Brooks

Cabo Progress 

Cabo, Day 2 

Cabo, Day 4 

The Finish 

TR2015: July 7 Update Dave Shilton 

What were Rod and Olin doing 84 years ago today?  

TR2015: July 8 Update Zach Mason 

TR2015: July 9 Update Michael Giles 

TR2015: July 11 Race Report 

TR2015: July 11 Photogallery 

TR2015: July 12 Race Report 

Dorade Finishes Transatlantic Race 

Dorade Finishes Coastal Race in Cowes 

TR2015 Photos: Dorade Arrives in Cowes 

Transatlantic Race: It’s a Wrap! 

Readying for the RYS 200th Bicentenary 

84 Years Later, Another Transatlantic Success 

Matt Brooks Named to IYRS General Counsel 

Photogallery: 2015 Transatlantic Race Start 

Dorade Takes 8 Awards at Transatlantic Race Ceremony 

RYS Bicentenary: Practice 

Campaign Photos

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