May 25, 2023

Team Dorade looks back at the first restoration of Dorade with the man who put several Sparkman & Stephens designs back in fighting trim

February 18, 2021

This winter's feature projects are a more perfect bottom and a complete new Harken winch package to give Dorade an edge on the racecourse.
Varnished sailboat block in Latigo leather

May 16, 2019

The elk hide block covers were worn out and it was time for new leather. A closer look at what's involved.

April 23, 2018

Dorade's spars being sealed and varnished after Australia. The team and the yacht are preparing for another great season this summer. Full calendar details coming soon!

March 27, 2017

After six and a half days on the road, Dorade arrived in Ventura, California earlier this month. The 52-foot yawl, which spent the winter months in Rhode Island undergoing updates, is preparing for its 2017 "Dorade Down Under" campaign. Over the weekend, the yacht was launched and its mast stepped. The team will do some […]

January 24, 2017

It has been “all hands on deck” for the Dorade team, which has been working through the New Year to get the 52-foot yawl in tip-top condition. The yacht is currently being worked on in Rhode Island but will be making the move to California this spring to compete in a series of events before […]

December 19, 2016

The holidays aren’t slowing the Dorade team down, and the crew at Loughborough Marine Interests in Portsmouth, R.I. is still working on the 52-foot yawl to prepare it for the 2017 season. All the yacht’s turnbuckles are getting serviced and the starboard how’s pipe has been faired and podded into the boat with epoxy. All […]

November 7, 2016

The Dorade team is getting to work before the weather turns too cold. The 52-foot yawl's masts and booms have been taped down and undergone three coats of varnish. Stay tuned for more updates from the shipyard.  

October 25, 2016

Dorade is preparing for the winter at Loughborough Marine Interests in Portsmouth, R.I. The 52-foot yawl had its masts taken out and will get a few coats of varnish before being stored. There are a few more paint jobs on the work list once the boat gets inside tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates from […]

July 26, 2016

Dorade at IYRS. The awnings had to be taken down due to the 20-25 knot breeze and storms in the forecast.

July 18, 2016

Here is Dorade after two weeks of interior varnish work. The team is now starting on the final assembly of the interior, which includes re-fastening all door hinges and installing new original design latches.

July 11, 2016

The Dorade team has completed the interior varnish – except for all the doors – on the 52-foot yawl. The doors are offsite having the varnish done on both sides. This week the doors as well as a few new latches will be installed onboard.

July 5, 2016

The Dorade team has been busy at work this past week and is well underway doing the interior varnish on the 52-foot yawl. Photos of the final product coming to the blog soon. Stay tuned.

June 28, 2016

After wrapping up the NYYC Annual Regatta with third place in the Classics Class (for the Around the Island Race) earlier this month, Dorade was moved to IYRS in Newport, R.I. where the team is working on the 52-foot yawl’s interior varnish along with a few other minor projects. Stay tuned for weekly updates on […]

April 14, 2016

This morning at 8:30 a.m., Dorade was launched at Hinckley Yard in Portsmouth, R.I. The 52-foot Sparkman & Stephens yawl has been undergoing maintenance and updates since it arrived back in Rhode Island this fall after a rigorous international sailing campaign last year. The team will be back at it again this season and taking on the competition […]