S/Y Dorade 2014 Bermuda Race
|Owner:||Roderick Stephens, Sr, New York, United States|
|Port of registry:||USA|
|Designer:||Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens|
|Builder:||Minneford Yacht Yard, City Island, New York|
|Yard number:||S&S 07|
|Homeport:||Newport Beach, California|
|General characteristics |
|Ballast:||18,000 lbs. Lead|
|Length:||52.0 ft (15.8 m)|
|Waterline:||37 feet 3 inches (11.35 m)|
|Beam:||10 feet 3 inches (3.12 m)|
|Draught:||8.0 ft (2.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 x Perkins: Diesel 40 hp (30 kW)|
|Sail plan:||1,100 sq ft (100 m2)|
Dorade went on to place 2nd in the Bermuda Race later that year. The crew for its first race received the All-Amateur Crew Prize. However, it would be the Transatlantic Race that would bring the boat its name. Placing first, she completed the race in 17 days – a race that takes an estimated 3–4 weeks to complete. A parade was held in celebration of the crew and ship's return with the mayor holding a reception in honor of Olin Stephens' victory.
Olin Stephens, the designer, was skipper through 1932 when he handed the boat to his brother, Rod Stephens. Led by Rod, Dorade sailed to victory in the 1932 Bermuda Race. From Bermuda, Dorade sailed back to Norway, down to Cowes, England, and finally back to America after winning the Fastnet Race. The victory of the 1932 Fastnet Race was of substantial significance given the unusually severe weather, several ships feared missing as well as one recorded drowning among the events that unfolded.
In 2013, Dorade took first place (after applying her handicap) in the Trans-Pacific race that she had won in 1936.
- 1930 Bermuda Race, Class B: Second; First all-amateur crew ; Fall Rendezvous: Cruising Club of America, First in Fleet
- 1930 Trans-Atlantic Race: First ; Cowes Round-The-Island Race: Second ; Cowes Cruising Class: Second
- 1932 Bermuda Race: First
- 1933 Oslo to Hanko Match Race with "Jolie Brise": Winner ; Fastnet Race: First
- 1936 San Francisco-Farallon Race: First ; Transpacific Race: First
- 1947–1979 Participated in fifteen Swiftsure races: First in Class AA 1947–1948, 1951, 1954, and 1964.
- 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race First overall
Dorade raced from the east coast 1930 through 1935, moving to San Francisco for several years, then on to Seattle in the late 1930s. She returned to the bay area from 1979 to 1984. Dorades home berth is now Newport Beach, California.
- Dorade was completely restored in 1997 at the shipyard of Argentario, in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy.
- Dorade box, a ventilator arrangement first used on Dorade
- A. Hollingsworth, The Way of a Yacht, Newton Abbot London 1974.
- official website
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dorade (ship, 1930).|
- Fox, Uffa (1934). Sailing, Seamanship and Yacht Construction. Peter Davies Limited. pp. 78–84. ISBN 978-0-432-05001-9.
- Pace, Franco (2002). Sparkman and Stephens - Giants of Classic Yacht Design. Adlard Coles Nautical. pp. 22–39. ISBN 978-0-7136-6413-3.
- Douglas D. Adkins (2012). Dorade: The History of an Ocean Racing Yacht. David R. Godine. ISBN 9781567924473.