Fastnet Race

August 17, 2015

A Light Air Affair After a light-wind start off Cowes yesterday for the 2015 Rolex Fastnet, Matt Brooks and his team aboard the 52-foot classic yacht Dorade are now 170 miles into the 603-mile offshore race. Up until early morning today, the team held the IRC Class 4 lead, but strong currents off the southern […]

August 16, 2015

It was a slow-motion start for Dorade in the 2013 Rolex Fastnet, but the team is now off and currently leading the IRC 4 Class. The 52-foot yawl won the race in 1931 and 1933 at the hands of its innovative designers Olin and Rod Stephens. Follow her again this year with owner Matt Brooks at […]

August 15, 2015

The Rolex Fastnet Race starts tomorrow, August 16 and classic yacht Dorade is joining forces with grand prix racing machines Comanche and Lucky, and entering the event’s Team Challenge for the Martin Illinworth Trophy. The trio will make up the New York Yacht Club Team for the 603-mile ocean race. To win the challenge, the […]

August 14, 2015

Matt Brooks, owner/driver of the 52-foot yawl Dorade, was part of this morning’s Rolex Fastnet Press Conference at the RORC Cowes Clubhouse. Brooks was joined by a selection of 9 other competitors all sharing their observations about the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial 600-mile race. Dorade excerpt from today’s press release follows: A slightly different […]

August 12, 2015

In the 1930s, Dorade changed the offshore-racing game with its innovative design winning more ocean races than any other yacht of its time. Almost a century later, with owner Matt Brooks at the helm, the 52-foot classic Sparkman & Stephens yawl is still making history, taking on those same events it claimed victory in all […]

August 11, 2015

In the September 1933 issue of Yachting Magazine, Dorade was featured for winning the Fastnet Race. The article is a thorough account of the race and the 52-foot yawl’s performance with Sherman Hoyt at the helm. Writer Weston Martyr wraps up his chronicle with the following observation: "Dorade logged eight and one fourth for the […]
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