Matt Brooks, Owner
A native of San Leandro, California, Matt learned to sail in Monterey Bay as a boy, and went on to race on San Francisco Bay on his first yacht Quarter Pounder, sailing under the St. Francis flag. Matt is also a well-known mountain guide, and over the past forty years has racked up first ascents in the Sierra and the French alps, established a mountaineering equipment company, and earned the Presidential Gold Medal from the American Mountain Guides Association. Since soloing as a pilot at age 13, Matt has also set many world records in the air, including the record time for circumnavigating the globe (westward) and flying westward across the US, all in a specially equipped Citation business jet. With DORADE, he is happy to be in the company of other avid sportsmen who believe “failure is not an option.”
Pam Rorke Levy
Filmmaker & creative director, fan of classic yachts, and Matt’s partner on land and sea.
Joe Loughborough, Project Manager
Partners Joe and David Loughborough bring more than a combined five decades in professional yachting to the table. Their experience was gained primarily on the water through many years of running boats, logging sea miles on yachts ranging in length from 48 to 105 feet and spanning longitudes from Turkey to Tahiti.
Eventually, the brothers settled in Newport in 1986 to pursue land-based roles in repair, construction and refit implementation, ultimately establishing Loughborough Marine Interests, LLC in 2003.
Anson Mulder is a Ft. Lauderdale based sailmaker for North Sails. He spends nearly half his days on the water racing and coaching and has been part of winning teams at Key West Race Week, Charleston Race Week, Annapolis NOODs, New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, BVI Spring Regatta and countless shorter events. With so much racing experience, Anson actively races Etchells, Melges 24s and 32s, J24s, PHRF racers, 12 metres and maxi-boats.
President at North Sails
Brad Read, Helmsman
Brad Read is the sailing master for Dorade. Brad Read is the executive director of Sail Newport, one of the country’s premier public access sailing centers, Sail Newport. Brad came to Sail Newport in 1998 from the sail making business where he worked for 12 years. Ever since Brad joined the Sail Newport team, the focus of the growth and expansion of Sail Newport has been on the Youth Program. Besides being a dad, Brad has won 2 J/24 World Championships and continues to be one of the region’s most successful sailors.
Lives in Orange, Connecticut with his wife and daughter and learned to sail in nearby Milford on Long Island Sound.
Paul has had many years of sailing and racing experience ranging from dinghies to big boats.
He has crewed in multiple Farr 40 and J-24 World Championships and was part of the crew that won the 2010 Shields National Championships.
Greg Stewart is an experienced sailor with 40 years of sailing and racing experience on both classic and modern designs. He came up through the ranks as a crew and boat keeper in the late 70’s and 80’s and was able to sail in many of the major races by age 25. Today, by day Greg is a senior Naval Architect at Nelson/Marek Yacht Design in San Diego where he has worked continuously since 1986. Over this time he has been involved with numerous designs of all types. His close attention to detail and natural ability to interface with others has fostered many successful projects. He is active in his local classic boat scene and also actively campaigns his restored vintage 6 meter Sprig. His life long interest and experience with classic boats has led to Nelson/Marek being commissioned for consultation and design projects on numerous notable classic yachts including the comprehensive efforts on the Dorade refit. Greg’s involvement with Dorade dates back to 2007 and since this time he has also been frequent crew member aboard her.
Buddy started sailing sunfish in native Bermuda in early years.
Raced Hobie Cats in Hong Kong in 3 years and crewed on one China Sea race.
After returning to Bermuda,raced on International One Designs and Etchells and owned and raced a few boats under IMS, lastly a Frers 41 “Tsunami” in which we were a member of the winning Onion Patch team in the Bermuda race 1992 and winner of Class A in the Marion-Bermuda in 1993. Currently also serving as a Trustee of the Marion-Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race.
Subsequently raced J-105’s in Bermuda, Block Island and Key West and have been fortunate to have participated in numerous Newport-Bermuda and Marion-Bermuda races on great boats with great friends.
Still living in Bermuda and active in the real estate industry.
John Burnham learned to row and sail in a dinghy at an early age and, ever since, has never strayed far from the water’s edge. He grew up racing Sunfish and Bullseyes (a small Herreshoff-designed keelboat), competed in school dinghy racing, and eventually found employment at Yacht Racing & Cruising magazine. In those days, John crewed on many greater and lesser boats and can just barely remember a couple of highlights, including a second-place finish at the 1979 J/24 Worlds and a corrected time win a few years later in the St. Pete-Ft. Lauderdale Race on the J/41 Dazzler. John raced to Nassau, Bermuda, and along the East Coast, then shifted largely to one-designs. He served as chief editor of Sailing World and Cruising World magazines, and is currently editorial director of Boats.com, YachtWorld.com, and BoatTrader.com. John is a two-time national or international champion skipper of three classes, the Bullseye, Shields, and International One-Design.
Jim was born and raised in Rumson, N.J. Jim hails from the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club where he grew up sailing one design dinghies . He started his offshore sailing doing deliveries and offshore racing while still in high school years and sailed his first Bermuda Race in 1982 aboard Cephaus, a Carter One Ton. In 1983 Jim became Captain of the New York 40 Taniwha sailing with such legendary icons as Harry Anderson, Glen Foster and Bill Maclay .
Jim has raced competitively in the Shields Class , International Star Class and the J24 Class often with his good friends Jamie Hilton ,William I. Riker and kid brother Sam.,. He also competed several times in the Islands International Challenge Cup, a team race , skippering a boat for the Seawanahaka Corinthian Yacht Club against the Royal Yacht Squadron in 5.5 Meters.
The 2012 Bermuda Race will be Jim’s 8th Bermuda Race, having sailed the last three races He now lives in Telluride, Colorado with wife Virginia and daughters Thea and Caroline. Jim owns and is CEO of Real Estate Affiliates of Telluride.
Jens Lange owns and operates Baltic Boat Works out of Newport, RI where he and his team specialize in restoration and maintenance of classic wooden yachts. Jens is actively racing in the Narragansett Bay Herreshoff S-Class and occasionally takes a turn on 6 Meters. He started sailing decades ago in the Baltic, still frequents the Mediterranean and sailed for some years on the Great Lakes including the Mackinaw races.
Jens is a native of Germany and a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI.
Ben was 11-years-old when he found himself skipper of his first boat. His father fell asleep as the pair were sailing together off the Balearic coast and it was then that he realized he really was at the helm. It was these trips which fired his enthusiasm for sailing and the sea.
Formerly of Wrexam in the UK and an ex-student at nearby Yale College, served as skipper of the Liverpool 08 Clipper in the Clipper 2007-08 Round-the-World Yacht Race – a 35,000 mile challenge – with a crew of novices – along with nine other vessels, skippers and their crews.
He’s a self-confessed competitive yachtsman. When not sailing, Ben spends a large amount of his spare time on the water either dinghy sailing, windsurfing or wakeboarding.
Kevin Miller brings 30 years of sail making and racing experience to the team. He has raced inshore (multiple National Championships) and offshore events around the world with overall victories in Transpac, Sydney to Hobart, Newport to Bermuda, Cowes Week. Kevin’s area of expertise includes, tactics, crew management, rating optimization, and sail/boat development. When not sailing, he enjoys surfing, mountain biking and just about anything outdoors. Kevin is the owner or North sails Channel Islands and resides in Ventura, California with his wife Jennifer and their three children.
Max has been sailing his whole life growing up in Lincolnville Maine, near the heart of Penobscot Bay the sport has surrounded him. He progressed from Optimists to 420’s as a member of the Camden Yacht Club and the North Haven Casino junior race teams, and later racing Flying Juniors as a member of the University of British Columbia collegiate team where he is in his freshman year. He has been a member of the Dorade crew since June of 2012, and since then has been working under Ben Galloway as a mate on his vacations from school. When he has time away from school and the Dorade, Max enjoys Skiing and Mountain Biking.
James A. Hilton Sr.
Jamie was born and raised in Rumson, N.J. His early days of dinghy racing were in Blue Jays at the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, where his father John Sr had been Commodore a few years earlier. Jamie’s passion for being on the water year around was enriched by spending his early years hunting, fishing and sailing with his father, frequently in wooden boats built by his father on the Shrewsbury River. As a freshman in college Jamie was lucky to get a summer job as a paid hand on the yacht “Taniwha”, which was the Flagship of the New York Yacht Club, owned by Commodore Henry H Anderson Jr. In the four years Jamie worked on Taniwha he learned a great deal about sailing with Commodore Anderson. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1983 Jamie returned to NJ + SSYC sailing Comets Class dinghies. Jamie went on to win 4 Comet International Championships + 2 North American championships. In 1994 Jamie, his wife Tricia and family returned to Rhode Island to live where he is still a resident of Tiverton, RI. Since returning to Rhode Island Jamie has been actively racing Shields in Newport’s Shields Fleet 9, the largest one design fleet in Newport and the largest Shields fleet in the USA. In 2005 Jamie was invited to join the crew of the 12 Meter and two time America’s Cup winner Courageous as helmsman and skipper. With Jamie as helmsman on Courageous the team won the 12 Meter World Championships in 2005. They also won the 2007 12 Meter World Championship event in Cannes, France. Unfortunately, the event organizers were unable to get enough races in to satisfy ISAF world championship requirements. That same Courageous team also won the North American championships in 2006 + 2008. Jamie teamed up with Lucie’s owner Matt Brooks in the spring of 2011. Together Matt and Jamie oversaw the final phases of Lucie’s restoration with the help of Brion Rieff, Jacob Vargish and Robbie Doyle. Their combined efforts resulted in Lucie’s victory in the 2011 Six Meter World Cup, Vintage Division. “Lucie is one of the finest yachts I’ve had the privilege to sail on and be a part of”, says Hilton. Jamie plans to work with Matt Brooks to continue Lucie’s recent success at the 6 Meter European Championships in Sweden in July 2012.
Jessica Sweeney grew up sailing dinghies in Fremantle, Australia, in the famous sea breeze known as the ‘Doctor’. When she completed a mathematics degree in 2005 she set off to compete in international yacht races around the world and developed a passion for ocean racing and navigation. Last year Jessica was awarded a Masters in Meteorology in the UK, graduating with distinction. Recent navigational achievements include breaking the Round Britain and Ireland Race record and completing her fourth Rolex Sydney-Hobart race. She is currently employed as the onshore navigation and weather consultant to the CAMPER Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Following the VOR she will be a key member of the Emirates Team New Zealand weather team for the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco.
Matt Wachowicz is a tactical navigator who has raced professionally since 1998. He has 3 America’s Cup campaigns to his credit, and has played both a technical and sailing role on 2 Volvo Ocean Race teams, as well as on a host of other international grand prix racing programs. He currently races in the IMA Maxi, Mini-Maxi, IRC and Superyacht circuits worldwide. While his focus over the last few years has been more on the inshore aspect of the sport, Matt originally learned the art of blue water navigation under the tutelage of the legendary Mark Rudiger, and lately has returned to his ocean racing roots with a renewed focus on offshore racing. He currently lives in Norfolk, VA with his family, and is proud to be a part of the Dorade project.
Hannah was introduced to sailing whilst studying English at Southampton university. By the time she graduated, Hannah had already decided that she would make sailing her career setting herself the ambitious goal of skippering a race yacht around the world. Just five years later she set off as skipper of the Glasgow boat in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returning 35,000 miles later with a podium position. With an immense passion for ocean sailing and racing, Hannah has completed twelve trans atlantic crossings, sailed and raced aboard Open 60′s and has spent the last two years competing on the Class 40 circuit becoming the highest place female skipper to finish the 2011 Transat Jacques Vabres again with a podium position. Hannah is also an accomplished motivational speaker.
Eric was introduced to sail boat racing on the bow of a Santa Cruz 27 when he was 14. Growing up racing in windy Channel Islands set the stage for Transpac and Mexico racing on the bow of Jumpin’ Jack Flash in the early ’90s. In 1999 he took on management of Udo Gietl’s Andrews 56 Quantum, campaigning the boat successfully for four years both in and off-shore. He is very grateful for owner and motorcycle legend Udo Gietl’s expectations. Five years on the Farr 40 circuit and 9 years with Team Pendragon have rounded out his experience. When not sailing, Eric can be found mountain biking and hiking the steep trails of the Santa Barbara backcountry.
James A. Hilton Sr.