July 22, 2019
On the last day of a hard-fought week of racing in lighter and stronger winds, the series went to a worthy rival, the S&S 55 Santana.
DORADE: S&S Design No. 7, 1929 – Minneford Yacht Yard, City Island, N.Y.
MISSION: Dorade was born to race in the open ocean. The goal for our current restoration and future sailing is to prepare Dorade to once again perform as a highly competitive ocean racer. To this end, I think it is essential that we work and consult with S&S, while continuing to rely on the advice, input and involvement of the current Dorade Team. By fostering active collaboration between Dorade’s original designer’s and her current keepers we will ensure that her history is honored and her lineage protected. We all acknowledge that Dorade is a very special craft, and all of us are committed to her preservation.
“The scenario must be as old as sport. Competition builds along certain lines which suit the participants and thus a norm is established. From year to year marginal advances are the rule. Then along comes someone, something of an outsider and more single-minded in his efforts to win, who seizes an opportunity that is obvious to him though unrecognized by the routine participants. The new player exploits a new way that offers a winning margin. I have wondered whether this is good for the sport, yet I recognize it as part of the game. It keeps competitors on their toes. In 1929 I sensed the opening.”
Nine times in nine events. Team Dorade was on the podium every time during the summer of ’16. She competed throughout New England and earned first-place silverware at the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta and the Marblehead Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta.
Sailing in the southern seas for the first time, Dorade competed in Australia in the second half of 2017. She sailed seven races off the south and east coasts, including the formidable Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in which she finished second in her division.
This classic series starts and ends with inshore regattas, sandwiching the Newport Bermuda Race. Dorade entered the Navigator’s Division and on the strength of solid scores in the first two events finished as low-point boat for the series when she won the finale in Bermuda.
Following Dorade‘s restoration, the goal 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 results were extraordinary.