Over the past four years, the crew of the "Dorade" with the historic high-sea racing yacht took part in all the decisive races that they had so successfully completed after being launched in the 1930s. The end of this series was now the award-winning participation in the Fastnet Race. She finished second in her group and seventh yacht in the overall ranking of 356 participants.
Almost everywhere it appears, the "Dorade" is the oldest yacht at the start, and it is not infrequently as successful as on the Fastnet Race.
"Dorade" in a drawing by Robert Das
The yacht, which was then considered to be ultra-light, made her debut as a radiant winner in the 1931 transatlantic race (see the film sequences at the end of the report). The creators of the yacht, Olin and Rod Stevens, were only 21 and 22 years old at the time, and with their appearance they turned the ocean regatta scene completely upside down.
In the same year they won the Fastnet Race, two years later they were able to repeat this success, and in 1936 they won the then prestigious Transpac Race.
Grandsigneur Olin Stephens visits his former yacht after its restoration
Her current owner saved the yacht with an extensive restoration that began in 2010. This was followed by participation in all historical regattas on which the yacht had once shone. To the amazement of all observers, she did it again as if the past 80 years had not been.
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