Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dorade (1929) back in the "Transat"

Photos from July 2, 2015historic
Dorade - the 1929 Sparkman & Stephens designed 52 foot yawl - built at Minnieford on City Island -is back in the race.  That is the NYYC Transatlantic Race from Newport to Cowes that she won three times back in the day.  They are trying to match the Stephens brothers' record - 17 days.  It will be tough though because they can't do the great circle route: race planners have defined an iceberg exclusion zone reaching down to 42 N, forcing them due east until turning NNE   at 52 W - east of Newfoundland.  But Dorade did peak at 17.8 kts two days ago in a wet Gulf Stream run.  
At the moment - day five - they are 4th overall in a fleet of forty boats!  The lead boat?  Mariette of 1915 - a Herreshoff-built 42 meter LOA schooner.
Like Dorade on Facebook, follow them on Twitter  @dorade1929, click on Transatlantic Race or download the YB Tracking app (free for the Transat).