Return to Blue Water

June 6, 2017

From the Rolex China Sea Race Media Team: The 12th entry for 29th edition of the Rolex China Sea Race has been received from the famous classic yacht Dorade. The China Sea Race was established in 1962 with five yachts racing from Hong Kong to Corrigedor, Philippines. The winner was C.F. Von Sydow’s on his […]

October 7, 2016

This is ”The Auld Mug" which was produced for the 50th anniversary of the Fastnet. Owners Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy met Nick Palmer up in Vancouver last week when they were giving a presentation at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. A friend of Palmer’s, who is part of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, […]

June 30, 2016

Dorade Owners, Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy, have gifted the Dorade Cup to the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) to be used as a perpetual trophy for future Rolex Fastnet Races. The Dorade Cup will first be presented at the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Prize Giving to the event’s leading classic yacht. Organized by the […]

February 11, 2016

This winter cold has us wishing it was summer again. Here are some pre-start Transatlantic Race photos from last June in Newport, R.I.    

February 1, 2016

The 46th edition of the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race marked the bicentenary anniversary of the Royal Yacht Squadron, as well as 90 years since the Royal Ocean Racing Club was founded, following the Fastnet’s first edition, in 1925. Dorade was one of the 365 yachts that competed in the prestigious race from Cowes to the […]

October 21, 2015

"As forecast, a strong low with accompanying severe weather has developed over the race track today. Winds of 35-45 knots and extremely rough seas are expected today, and are forecast to last thru Friday. While gut-wrenching, the decision to withdraw from the Race and seek safe shelter has proven to be the correct one, as […]

October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015 It is with great regret that Dorade must report retirement from the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The yacht is in good order, and all crew are well. We are faced with multiple forecasts from all sources describing a building gale over the race area, starting in the next 24 hours and potentially […]

October 19, 2015

We began the day in the Strait of Messina, having battled hard to catch the group of boats in front of us. The night was dark and the wind was not playing ball (we had every direction imaginable except for the forecasted one and had given up trying to guess what was coming next). We […]

October 18, 2015

It’s been very slow today, not only for us but also for the majority of the fleet. The wind has shifted nearly 200 degrees in the past 12 hours, going from two knots to a max of 11. However, the 11-knot breeze was short lived. We are now approaching the start of the Strait of […]

October 17, 2015

The sun has just set on day one of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, and we are all happy to be out here on the water again. The boat is still moving along, although only at three knots. Hopefully we can maintain this, but I fear the wind is going to drop out completely and […]

October 17, 2015

The the 36th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race kicks off today, Saturday October 17 on the Grand Harbour off Malta. Follow Dorade and the rest of the fleet on their 606-nautical mile adventure. The Rolex Middle Sea Race website will contain all the information about this year's race. All of the boats are fitted […]

October 15, 2015

The 36th Rolex Middle Sea Race kicks off this Saturday, October 17th, and the 52-foot yawl Dorade will be the oldest boat and the only classic yacht on the starting line. The 606-nautical-mile course circumnavigates Sicily, with a start and finish off the coast of Malta. Joining Co-Owner and Skipper Matt Brooks onboard are Ben […]

October 6, 2015

Read "A race of two halves - Rolex Fastnet Race 2015" in the November issue of Seahorse Magazine! click images below for PDF

October 1, 2015

Dorade was the covergirl for this October's SAILING Magazine! Click image above to read the article.  

September 29, 2015

We are so excited to be publishing the Spirit of Yachting “Rite of Passage” which highlights Rolex’s 2015 world-class events with a spotlight on the Rolex Fastnet Race. Watch the full video here and see interviews and footage of Dorade. Thank you Luca Ceccolini and the team over at IMG Media for such a beautiful […]