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.”
Filmmaker & creative director, fan of classic yachts, and Matt’s partner on land and sea.
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.
President at North Sails.
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.[/one-third-first]
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.
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.
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.
David Shilton grew up in the coastal town of Knysna, on the world famous Garden Route in South Africa alongside the Indian Ocean. David started sailing around age 10 and has been passionate about sailing ever since.
[2006-2007] With David’s unique technical ability and passion, he immediately became competitive in laser sailing by age 16. He was awarded the title of champion in the South African National Laser Youth Sailing championship for 2 years running.
[2008-2009] He then naturally progressed into Finn where he received podium places in South African National Championships.
[2008-2012] David then joined the South African Navy for a 4-year period in which David then qualified as a Naval Skipper representing the South African Defense force in the Military World Championships in both Rio and Poland and completed his first transatlantic race [Cape to Rio]. In addition to this David was formally trained up as a Navy diver.
 David was selected by the SA youth team as a Bowman/Crewboss, for the entry to the Youth America Cup in San Francisco sailing AC 45’s which was a once in a life time experience.
[2013-2014] -David then was selected for a Swan 53 [music] team that raced 4 major and prestigious Caribbean Regatta’s, including being crew on a 132’ [Rebecca].
[2014-2015] David is also operates as professional skipper of a 50ft Charter Yacht based in Knysna, South Africa for Spring-Tide Charters.
David has incredible technical ability and understanding of yachting – he is passionate, ethical and professional – making him a sought after crew and team member.
Zach Mason, Originally from Jupiter, FL, is an experienced sailor and sailmaker.
A junior sailor who cruised with his family throughout the Bahamas, Zach has raced on many one design boats including: Etchells, J/105s, Beneateau 36.7s, Melges 20s and J/22s. He has also raced on bigger PHRF boats, grand prix yachts, superyachts and classic boats. While on summer breaks from Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL, Zach campaigned a J/22 and was his college sailing team captain.
Mike has been sailing for the passed 35 years. Growing up alongside a tidal estuary, sailing was was always going to be a fun activity. He excelled in the junior classes, went on to do two laser Olympic campaigns in 1996 and 2000 finishing second both times in the trials. In 1996 his passion for offshore racing started winning the Cape Town Race onboard a 60 foot boat called Warrior.
Since then has been able to combine a BSC Construction Management degree and a passion for sailing. He not only competed in the Americas Cup in Valencia and a host of other high profile events around the world, he has project managed leading boat building projects. His constant drive for performance, quite nature and team leader has made him a sought after member for many projects.
Whilst not racing, he enjoys out door activities that are physically and mentally challenging.
He is delighted to be part of the Dorade crew.[/one-third]
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.
John brings many years of yacht racing experience to the Dorade program, having sailed with multiple programs on boats ranging in size from small boats to Maxi yachts. John participates in both inshore and offshore races and has completed and won many of the offshore ocean classics and also has won many National, International and World Championships along the way. He is very happy to be a part of the Dorade team and is looking forward to sailing aboard such a beautiful classic yacht. John is a lifelong Connecticut resident and avid skier.
I’ve been for fortunate to have been a professional in both sports of rugby and sailing. I sailed for the South African Americas Cup Challenge in 2007 then returned to professional rugby. Since finishing playing rugby 2010 (definitely for the the last time) I have been sailing full time. My inshore racing consists mostly of events in Europe and the Caribbean on the Maxi-circuit, but includes some time on the Swedish Match, TP52 and Soto 40 circuit. I have also competed in various events including a Trans Atlantic Race, Newport-Bermuda Race and Sydney to Hobart Race as navigator.
I have been forecasting for race teams since 2011 and recently completed a M.Sc in Appied Meteorology from the University of Reading. My dissertation topic was Marine Boundary Layer Turbulence Analysis for use in High-Performance Yacht Racing. I have been forcasting for Ben Ainslie Racing for their training and testing in the Solent and most recently forecast for for a competitor in this years Moth Worlds in Sorrento, Australia.
In my spare time, if the oportunity presents itself I enjoy surfing and free diving. I’m excited to join the Dorade Team during Matt Wachowicz’s absence and look forward to being involved in a small chapter of the history this beautiful boat.
Bio – to follow
Nick started his life around boats at eight years old, beginning his sailing lessons at the University of Rhode Island Sailing Center. In just a few short summers he began teaching the sailing programs and volunteering for the upkeep and maintenance. Nick then dove into the world of dinghy racing in the Junior Olympics in 2005 and came out with a Gold Medal. He continue to compete and one year fabricated his own 420 to race. This began his love for building. A few years later Nick found the school International Yacht Restoration School and fell in love as he walked in the door. He built his treasured Beetle Cat for his first year and first boat. Nick then worked for the Mystic, CT Shipyard doing some of the final restorations on the Charles Morgan, a 120’ whaling ship, up until, and after her launch in July 2013. After this Nick began his second year in the International Yacht Restoration School, building a replica of the 1885, 12’ Herreshoff Rowing Dinghy. After meticulously measuring, lofting, drafting, and building, the dinghy is finished and went rowing at the International Yacht Restoration School and his plans are submitted to the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI. Now as a recent graduate and a trained shipwright he is living his passions of sailing and building.
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.
Eric (“Chewy”) Chowanski
Matt Brooks – Skipper / Navigator
Matt Wachowicz – Tactical Navigator
Ben Galloway – Boat Captain
Greg Stewart – Naval Architect
Mike Toppa – North Sails
Max Lewis – Nipper[/one-third]