DORADE competes in the RSHYR

DORADE competes in the RSHYR

OCC members race in the iconic Sydney to Hobart ocean race in legendary S&S yacht, DORADE

By John Maddox & Daria Blackwell - 30/12/2017

The legendary DORADE, the classic 87-year-old vessel now owned by OCC member Matt Brooks and his partner Pam Rorke Levy, competed in the 2017 Sydney Hobart Race which began on Boxing Day.

DORADE, a 52-foot wooden yawl, was designed in 1928 by the 21-year-old Olin Stephens and built by his younger brother Rod Stephens in City Island, New York. DORADE has had 5 owners since 1935 when she was sold by the Stephens brothers. She was completely different from the racing yachts of the 1930s being with a narrow beam. She also had unique ventilation units mounted in the deck which subsequently became known as "dorades".

While owned by the Stephens, DORADE came in second in the 1931 Bermuda Race, and won the Transatlantic Race in that year and the Fastnet Race in 1933.
The second owners had line honours in the 1936 Transpac Race.

Matt and Pam bought DORADE in 2010 and in 2013 she was first in the Transpac Race, finishing in 12 days 5 hrs 23 mins. Matt says that they had to do considerable work to be able to take DORADE to sea again but have considered it well worthwhile. At first, Matt and Pam concentrated on repeating the races in which she had originally sailed. DORADE completed another Transatlantic in 2017 finishing in 14 days 22 hrs and 55 mins.

She was shipped to Sydney for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (RSHYR). Unfortunately, in the light airs of the 2017 Race, DORADE took 3 days 6 hrs 37 min for the 628 nm race, but Matt and crew really enjoyed the Hobart hospitality and the challenge of participating in the well known Sydney-Hobart ocean race. Adrienne Cahalan, the first woman to sail 25 Hobarts, was navigating. DORADE took second place in IRC Div 4 and ORCi Div 4 on corrected time.

From the Dorade website: "She was greeted at the finish by a small fleet of classic boats, including the 1938 S&S Sirocco, which escorted her from the finish to the harbor in Hobart, where the crowds on the dock gave her a hero’s welcome."

Photo: Crew of DORADE before the start of the RSHYR

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