DORADE wins multiple honors in Antigua, for a clean sweep of Caribbean Series
DORADE continues to rack up wins in a campaign designed to prepare her for a return to ocean racing, coming in first in her class in the 2012 Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. This victory follows overall class wins at both the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and Le Voiles de St Barth.
The 1929 Olin Stephens’ yawl was also honored in Antigua in the prestigious Boat International Concours d’Elegance, winning the Vintage class as well as the Overall prize as the most finely restored and maintained yacht in a dazzling fleet of more than 50 historic sailboats from around the world.
Matt Brooks, owner of DORADE, says: “Team Dorade was thrilled to win the Vintage Class at Antigua Classics. This was our third victory out of three Caribbean regattas but, for me, Antigua was the sweetest. I feel confident that Dorade is now in good shape to take on the elements in the Newport-Bermuda Race starting on 15 June, and that the crew is in equally good shape, with good chemistry between us all having bonded over the course of these coastal regattas. Winning the Concours d’Elegance overall was unexpected and humbling, given the beauty and stature of the other boats participating. It was the icing on the cake.”
DORADE emerged from an extensive refit just months ago, and was recently appointed the flagship of Sparkman & Stephens in recognition of her early track record as a hugely successful racer. She won the 1930 and 1932 Bermuda races, the 1931 Transatlantic race – both line honors and overall – and the 1931 and 1933 Fastnet races overall. Dorade is the only yacht to win the triple crown of ocean racing: the Transatlantic Race, Fastnet Race and the TransPac Race, a record that stands unbroken to this day.
1st Place – Concours d’ Elegance for Vintage Yacht Professional Maintained
Overall Winner – Concours d’ Elegance
1st Place in Vintage Class
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