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.


Smiles across the board as the crew celebrates their historic victory in Diamond Head. In addition to owner Matt Brooks, the 2013 Transpac Dorade crew included Matt Wachowicz, Kevin Miller, Ben Galloway, Hannah Jenner, John Hays, and Eric Chowansky.

📸: Doug Gifford/ @sharon_green_ultimatesailing

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It takes work to look this good! The crew varnishes the brightwork after the 1931 Fastnet Race.

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A different kind of race. Rod Stephens perches on the headstay looking for wind during Dorade's 1931 Fastnet Race victory.

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The goal of Dorade's "Return to Blue Water" campaign 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. In this photo, Matt's at the helm at the beginning of the 2013 Transpac Race.

[📸: Doug Gifford/ @sharon_green_ultimatesailing ]

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This month, we begin our look back at the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race in the lead-up to the 10th anniversary of Dorade's historic win. Staggered starts begin on June 27th for this biennial offshore yacht race, a run of 2,225 nautical miles that starts off the Pt. Fermin buoy in San Pedro, California, and ends off Diamond Head on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Today's photo was taken near the 2013 finish.

[📸: @sharon_green_ultimatesailing ]

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One of Dorade's first forays out under new ownership, Matt steers at Sail for Hope Regatta in Newport, RI in 2010, coming in 1st in the Classic Division.

[📸: Pam Rorke Levy]

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