Dorade box

The dorade box (also called a dorade vent, or collector box) is a type of vent that permits the passage of air in and out of the cabin of a boat, while keeping rain, spray or sea wash out. The basic form is a low, rectangular box fixed to the deck or cabin top, fitted […]


After Olin and Rod Stephens’ grandfather sold the family coal business in 1929, their father, Roderick Stephens Sr., commissioned S&S design Number 7, a 52-foot yawl, which became Dorade. Dorade was designed late in 1929 by Olin Stephens and was launched from the Minneford Yacht Yard in May of 1930. Construction oversight was by Olin’s younger brother, Rod.


[NEEDS TO BE REVISED] 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




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The ambitious program consisted of seven races off the southern coast of Australia, including the formidable Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in December 2017.



Their goal of the campaign was to repeat all of the major ocean races the yacht had won in the 1930s, matching or bettering her original performance.


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!

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

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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.

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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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The 1931 crew of the Transatlantic Race, including Roderick Stephens Sr (left), designer and original owner Olin Stephens (helm) and Rod Jr. (third from right). Dorade won the race in decisive fashion, sweeping the field of 10 boats with a 4 day margin of victory, arriving at Plymouth’s Ram Island on July 21st after a 16 day crossing.

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