The famous S & S-designed yacht Dorade has spent time at Driscoll’s preparing for the March 22nd Newport to Cabo Race, and then for the July Transpac Race.
The 52 foot yawl Dorade was built in 1929-1930 by the Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, New York. She has had an amazing racing career, including winning the 1930 Trans-Atlantic Race in her first year, winning the 1936 TransPac and participation in fifteen Swiftsure Races from 1947-1979.
Her first restoration was in 1997, a second followed in 2006-2007. After being purchased by her current owner, Matt Brooks, with the plan to campaign Dorade in all the major races of her past, the most recent very extensive refit in 2011 was undertaken. This refit included design and engineering efforts led by Greg Stewart from San Diego’s Nelson/Marek Yacht Design.
Shortly after this refit, Dorade entered and finished fourth-in-class in the 2012 Newport-Bermuda Race. It was then on the west coast for her next major effort in the July TransPac from Los Angeles to Honolulu.
Driscoll was very honored to have “The American Classic” yacht entrusted to us.
Photo Courtesy of Christophe Jouany