In 2019, Dorade earned podium finishes in nearly every race she sailed during a season of Southern New England inshore racing at Newport and Nantucket. In 2020, Team Dorade plans to compete in several of the same events.
“There are many great races to sail around the world,” said co-owner Pam Rorke Levy as she announced the 2020 schedule, “but we had so much fun sailing in New England last year that we decided to do it again.”
The addition of the classic motoryacht Serena as a mothership, for fan support, as well as duties with local race committees was a big boost for Team Dorade. Levels of crew camaraderie and comfort reached new highs, and provided good support to strong performances on the racecourse.
The season’s racing will begin in May, with systems and sail testing to prep for the three-day season opener in June, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) Annual Regatta. Racing intensifies in July with NYYC’s three-day Race Week, the historic Queen’s Cup Regatta, and the week-long NYYC Annual Cruise. The Annual Regatta and Queen’s Cup are two of the oldest regattas in the country, and Dorade never misses them, if at all possible.
Although Dorade often races in Classic divisions, the end of the summer is truly the month for classic competition, with four consecutive events, beginning with Nantucket Race Week and the Opera House Cup, both at Nantucket.
The season wraps up in late August and early September with the Herreshoff Classic Regatta in Bristol, R.I., and the Newport Classic Yacht Regatta.