Vintage yachts deserve vintage silverware! At least that’s what the New York Yacht Club decided when they began repurposing these extraordinary trophies in recent years.

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.”

-Olin Stephens


Matt and Pam were recently presented with three special trophies at the NYYC’s 2022 Prize-Giving. Dating back as early as 1853, the trophies were received for outstanding performance in multiple events, including the New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, the New York Yacht Club Annual Cruise, and Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex. Check out the link in our bio to read the blog post for more on these classic trophies.

[📸: Dorade Team, Alpha Cup (1853)]

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A look back at the warming winds of June on this winter day. On the second day of the 2019 New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta, Dorade sails upwind in good breeze as she approaches the Pell Bridge on Narragansett Bay.

[📸: NYYC/Daniel Forster]

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Action shot with the GoPro! Foredeck crewman Nick Bellico coils lines after a spinnaker set during a race in 2018.

[📸: Ed Gifford]

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Matt and Pam's passion for wooden boats extends beyond Dorade to Lucie, a 1931 Six-Metre built for Briggs Cunningham by Nevins on City Island by Clinton Crane. Acquired and restored by Matt to join the fleet in 2011, here she is sailing upwind in strong breezes at Newport Classic Yacht Regatta in 2016.

[📸: @silkenphoto ]

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A Dorade sighting in the wild, found in the scrapbook of none other than General George S. Patton. After sailing from California to Hawaii in 1936, he spotted her tied up at the dock. Many thanks to @graymeyer for sharing this gem with us! We love hearing from our Dorade community, especially when you have stories and photos to share!

[📸: Unknown]

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Pam summed it up best: “We were sailing almost every week for close to three months. We saw a marked improvement in our performance on deck, working out some of the kinks and smoothing out transitions, which can be hair raising when you’ve got five or six sails up.”

To read all about the highs and lows of Dorade's 2022 summer season, sail on up to the link in our bio for the full blog post.

[📸: George Bekris]

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