Dorade was designed in 1929 by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens and build in 1930.
In the classic IRC division, Matt Brooks, whose home town is San Francisco, will helm his beloved Dorade, but not before he finishes the 2015 Transatlantic Race with her, a race that Dorade won 84 years ago! StFYC crew members on Dorade include Pam Rorke Levy, Mark Dahm, Brad Whitaker, David Chamberlain and Doug Hope.
The yacht will represent the St Francis yacht Club at the RYS Bicentenary. “We hope to get a good place at the regatta,” says Matt Brooks.
“Dorade was effectively the boat that launched Sparkman & Stephens,” Brooks tells us. After Olin and Rod Stephens’ grandfather sold the family coal business in 1929, their father, Roderick Stephens Sr., commissioned S&S design Number 7, a 52-foot yawl, which became Dorade. Dorade was designed late in 1929 by Olin Stephens and was launched from the Minneford Yacht Yard in May of 1930. Construction oversight was by Olin’s younger brother, Rod.
In 1931 upon her return to New York after winning the Fastnet Race, her crew was given a ticker-tape parade on broadway from Battery Park to City Hall.
More information on www.dorade.org.