Vintage Yacht Dorade Wins Transpac Again, 77 Years After First Transpac Victory!

vsbr2012-day5-3421Modern sailing racing yachts tend to have plumb bows and broad flat sterns. The Transpacific Yacht Race, a 2,225 nautical miles race from Los Angelos to Honolulu, Hawaii, has been dominated for several decades by these lightweight, high speed, sailing “sleds.” Remarkably, almost unbelievably, this year’s Transpac was won not by a modern speedster, but by Dorade, a yacht designed by Olin Stephens II in 1929 and delivered in 1930. This is actually the second time that the Dorade has won the Transpac. It last won in 1939, seventy seven years ago.

Compared to modern boats, Dorade appears to be a beautiful anachronism. With a yawl rig, graceful overhangs, a narrow beam, and built of wood, she seems an artifact of a more graceful time. Nevertheless, she beat her closest competitor, Roy Disney’s Pyewacket, to Hawaii by just over two and a half hours.

Matt Brooks and his wife Pam Rorke Levy bought Dorade in 2010 and spent more than a year refitting it for ocean racing, with the goal of repeating the many races the boat won in the 1930s, a record of wins that stands unbeaten today. They entered the 83-year-old Dorade in the TransPac against the advice of many in the sailing community, who view the boat as an irreplaceable piece of maritime history.

Congratulations to the entire Dorade team. An amazing performance.

Dorade Transpac Day 7

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4 Responses to Vintage Yacht Dorade Wins Transpac Again, 77 Years After First Transpac Victory!

  1. Very very neat. Gorgeous boat!

  2. Wendy Withrow says:

    Wayyyyyyy to go!! I love hearing about things like this. I love to sail and it must be so rewarding for all involved to see this old ship out doing what it does best. Glad you beat the newer boats. We are a society of disposing of the old and in w/ the new. They don’t make them like they used to and maybe they should. It’s is beautiful to see her cutting through the water so effortlessly and you did an awesome job on refinishing the outside and the deck. Absolutely amazing !! Good job and CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

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  4. Ed Weglein says:

    Bravo, Dorade ! A big win for a beautiful boat. Good on her owners for keeping her sailing and racing, what she was built for. An excellent compliment to the genius of Olin Stephens and the great men who built her 70+ years ago.