Dorade Wins Class in Sint Maarten

Winning class CSA7 at Heineken Regatta – photo credit Tim Wright

The 1929 yawl Dorade, designed by Olin Stephens.  The yacht is considered to be the most famous of all Sparkman and Stephesn’s designs and is widely acclaimed as “the mother of modern ocean racing yachts.” 

Designed by the late Olin Stephens, she was originally launched in 1930 and influenced nearly all developments in yacht design for the next three decades. 

She was a hugely successful racer, winning the 1930 and 1932 Bermuda races, 1931 Transatlantic race – both line honours and overall – and the 1931 and 1933 Fastnet races overall. 

She is the only yacht to win the triple crown of ocean racing: the Transatlantic Race, Fastnet Race and the TransPac Race, a record that stands unbroken to this day.

The old classic is now racing in the Caribbean regattas in preparation for the Newport-Bermuda Race, starting with the St Maarten Heineken Regatta – in which she won her class in fresh conditions.

Owner of the yacht Matt Brooks says: “Our team feels honoured to be sailing aboard the S&S flagship and, after the fun Caribbean season tuning-up, we want to show what an 80-year-old lady in top form can really do.”