Return to Blue Water

July 30, 2015

Dorade at the Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary International Regatta. The team goes into the final day of racing tomorrow. (Photo Credit: Linda Campbell)

July 28, 2015

Following yesterday’s cancellation of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta, Dorade and the rest of the fleet kicked off racing today on the Solent off Cowes, Isle of Wight. Racing in IRC 3, the 52-foot 1929 yawl took on today’s 17-mile race in a steady 25-knot breeze with gusts up to 35, finishing in […]

July 28, 2015

Dorade along with the rest of the St. Francis Yacht Club Team at the Royal Yacht Squadron for its Bicentenary International Regatta. Racing was cancelled yesterday due to continual strong winds on the Solent, so the first day of the regatta kicked off today. Stay tuned for a full race report this evening. For more information on the regatta, […]

July 27, 2015

Thank you to Classic Boat Magazine for the feature on Dorade's Return to Blue Water Campaign and participation in the Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary International Regatta. You can find the full August 2015 issue on news stands or download it digitally at ‪

July 25, 2015

The conditions could not have been better for our first day of practice here in Cowes, preparing for the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary International Regatta.  After a drenching rain and high winds the previous night, we awoke to brilliant blue skies, flat water, and 10-15 knots of breeze.  We are worried that the St. Francis […]

July 24, 2015

Team Dorade, led by owner/driver Matt Brooks, took home eight awards at the 2015 Transatlantic Race Awards Ceremony, held this evening at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, UK! More photos from the ceremony, as well as descriptions on the awards, will follow within the next few days. Stay tuned.

July 23, 2015

By Billy Black Full Transatlantic Race Photogallery Available Here

July 22, 2015

Congratulations to Dorade's owner/driver Matt Brooks, who serves on the Board and Executive Committee for IYRS and was recently named to General Counsel! Here is a photo of Brooks holding up the organization's flag prior to the start of the Transatlantic Race off Newport last month.

July 20, 2015

Dorade made her first mark in the sailing world 84 years ago when Rod and Olin sailed her to victory in the 1931 Transatlantic Race, and last week the 52-foot yawl returned to Cowes, England after finishing the very same event and beating her original time by over 26 hours, despite racing more than 300 […]

July 16, 2015

Dorade is getting ready for the Royal Yacht Squadron 200th Bicentenary International Regatta, which kicks off next week, followed by the Rolex Fastnet Race in August. The boat was hauled in Cowes this week and sustained little to no damage after racing 3,220 nautical miles in the Transatlantic Race. Stay tuned for more updates on […]

July 16, 2015

From the race organizers: One of the greatest stories of this Transatlantic Race 2015 is the participation of Dorade, the 53’ yacht that a young Olin Stephens, of S&S design house fame, campaigned in this same race 84 years ago. Today the restored boat is being raced by Matt Brooks who won the 2013 Transpac […]

July 14, 2015

  Matt Brooks and his team aboard Dorade arrived in Cowes today after finishing the 2015 Transatlantic Race. The team shaved over a day off Rod and Olin Stephen's 1931 time in the race, covering 3,220 nautical miles in 14 days, 22 hours, 55 minutes and 57 seconds. (Photo Credit: Paul Wyeth/  

July 14, 2015

Dorade may have finished the Transatlantic Race yesterday, but their full journey didn’t come to an end until today at 15:40 UTC (11:40 EST) when the team completed the event’s separately-scored coastal race, which continued from the finish at The Lizard and took them an additional 169 nautical miles to the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line […]

July 13, 2015

Today (July 13, 2015) at 13:00 EDT, Matt Brook’s 52-foot yawl Dorade finished the 2015 Transatlantic Race, beating Rod and Olin's 1931 record by more than a day, despite having gone almost 200 miles further due to this year’s exclusion zone. The team’s preliminary standings (pending the rest of the finishes) are second place in the […]

July 12, 2015

Race Update: July 12, 2015 Terry Halpin Good evening sports fans – I'm normally a pretty quiet and reserved guy, but the boys have asked me to contribute to the Dorade blog, so I'm going to give it a shot. I'll start with the facts: We are approximately 180 nautical miles from the finish at […]