vendredi 19 juin 2015



François Chevalier & Jacques Taglang

Dorade in the thirties... 
Fantastic attempt next June 28th, 2015! The legendary yawl Dorade (1930, design n° 7, Sparkman & Stephens – 52-foot long – 15,84 m) will try to repeat her 1931 performance: to win for a second time, 84 years later, the Transatlantic Race (West to East), from Newport (Rhode Island) to Plymouth (England). That year Dorade sailed the 2,800-mile race in 17 days, one hour and 14 minutes.

Sail plan of Dorade
© François Chevalier 2001
 In 1931, Dorade was crewed by her young designer Olin James Stephens II then twenty-one years old, along with his brother Roderick “Rod”, their father and four other sailors. In 2015, the yawl will be led by the actual shipowner, Matt Brooks (San Francisco).

Lines of Dorade
© François Chevalier 2001
The come back of Dorade is impressive. In 2013, the yacht was the overall winner (corrected time) in the 2013 Transpac, 77 years after her fist success in this race. Last year in June, she also came in first in her class under IRC int the Newport Bermuda Race! Same result than Olin and Rod in 1930…
© Tim Wright

© Christophe Jouany
After the 2015 Transatlantic, in which 40 other boats will compete, Dorade will race the Rolex Fastnet Race, which she won overall in 1931 and 1933. What a task!

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