The second chapter of Dorade’s career began in the mid-’30s when she was sold to James Flood of San Francisco

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


Dorade's home for the winter under the tent, October 2022.

[📸: John Hayes]

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During the Opera House Cup in Nantucket, August 2022, Pam has the helm with (L to R) Mike Giles, John Hayes, and Matt on the mizzen, genoa, and mainsheet, respectively.

[📸: Harry Rein]

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Dorade underway on what appears to be an unusually pleasant day for sailing, just outside the Oakland Bay Bridge in the late 1930s. The Bay area was a little less built-up in those days!

[📸: Unknown]

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Pam meets Matt at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club with a Dark 'N Stormy. June 2012.

[📸: @johnstrong107 ]

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Dorade's Campaign Down Under began on July 25, 2017, as the 52-foot Sparkman & Stephens design was loaded in Long Beach, California to make the journey to Brisbane, Australia.

[📸: Unknown]

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In his normal position for trimming the mainsheet, Matt Brooks stands in Dorade's companionway while Team Dorade waits for the wind ahead of a race in 2018.

[📸: Ed Gifford]

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