Dorade was mentioned in the article in the 2015 Yearbook of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The article “Titans across the Atlantic” by Lizzy Narraway mentions the Dorade’s exploits in the Transatlantic races and her recent 2013 victory in the Transpac Race. Portions of the article are quoted below:
“One particular class worth keeping an eye on will be the Classics: Mariette, the 1915 twin-masted schooner designed by Herreshoff, is the oldest yacht taking part and alongside her will be the 52ft yawl Dorade. Dorade is the poster girl for competitive classic yachts. Acquired by Matt Brooks in 2010, the boat has an illustrious history and even won the Transatlantic race in 1931. it was this performance that propelled the profile of her young and at the time unknown, designer, Olin Stephens.
When Matt Brooks bought the boat he had a strong vision of what he wanted to achieve: “I told the broker ‘I’m going to take this boat, get her ready, and repeat all her races’, I was promptly told by many people that just wasn’t possible. ‘She’s a fine piece of furniture, but you can’t take her out – you’ll ruin her.’ But that made me just want to do it more. So we’re on this endeavor to repeat all these races and it’s looking good. Dorade loves being out on the Ocean.”
So far, Dorade is proving him right. She won the Transpac Race in 2013, 77 years after she first won it in 1936. In 2014 alone she notched class wins in the RORC Caribbean 600, Newport-Bermuda Race and Les Voiles de StTopez, among many other glittering results. Competing 84 years on in the race that forged his yacht’s name, Matt Brooks will be hopeful his dedicated team will be able to pull it off again.”
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