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July 11, 2015

The last of these weather systems are over us now and have been for the past eight hours or so. The guys have all put in a huge effort to try and push Dorade as hard as possible, with the hopes of minimizing the mileage loss against the other boats in front and behind us. […]

July 9, 2015

It’s not often you get to do something this special. The past few days have provided us with some challenging sailing, interesting debates and great laughs. The winds have finally calmed down enough for us to open up the hatches, hoist all the sails and start the “downwind roll” (those that have sailed Dorade will […]

July 8, 2015

We have approximately 1,000 miles to the finish and the A4 sail is up on Starboard tack. After four days of grey skies and breeze up above 25 knots, we’re finally seeing a little change of weather with the skies slightly clearing. However, the water is still choppy and cold with the temperature around 65 […]

July 8, 2015

Exactly 84 years ago today, Dorade was taking on day five of the 1931 Transatlantic Race. What follows are excerpts from the boat’s logbook* from July 7-9, 1931. 7 July 5:00 am: School of porpoises from 4 to 4:30 7 July 10:00 pm: Sea smooth. Steering beautifully 8 July 6:00 am: Practically sailing herself. 8 […]

July 7, 2015

Dave “Naval” Shilton, July 7 My adventure on Dorade has been a very interesting one. When it comes to the weather, we’ve have had it all; mostly strong winds with a few days of very strong stormy conditions and the occasional light breeze. We have really pushed the boat as hard as possible. It’s incredible […]

April 1, 2013

The last day provided some of the best most consistent breeze of the race and we managed to keep up good speeds throughout the day. We had a good tussle with a couple of the faster boats during the day which eventually passed us but considering Dorade's vintage I am sure the other boats were […]

March 27, 2013

Overnight provided some great downwind conditions and we continued to extend our lead. By 0900 the wind was easing drastically as the transition into the new westerly flow progressed. We changed up to the A1 and managed to keep the boat moving along. After a couple of hours sleep I came up to find the […]

March 24, 2013

Another frustrating evening with fickle winds shifting all over the place . Anything from 2 knots up to 6 knots have been seen and the wind seeker has been up a few times with the boat speed down to 0.0. At about 0300 the wind seemed to make a positive shift to the west and […]

March 23, 2013

NHYCCabo Race 2013 is in progress, track it here Race Update1st hour of the Cabo Race. Hannah Jenner at the helm and Greg Stewart.