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Photoboy
11-04-2012, 10:36 PM
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Built in 1927 the 83 year old Sparkman and Stephens has never looked finer. Courtesy of her new ownership
by SF Bay locals Pam Levy and Matt Brooks and their ambitious refit which left no stone unturned and no part or piece of the vessel rehabilitated. After a resounding wind in the 1930 Trans Atlantic Race followed by an amazing race victory in the 1931 Fastnet, Dorade was an East Coast Celebrity. In the Mid 1930's she relocated to the west Coast and continued working her magic. Victory in the 196 Farallones race and the Transpac. She later relocated to the PNW and won 5 Swiftsure's from 1947 through 1964. She live in the Bay Area from 1979 through 1984 and the relocated back to the East Coast in 1984. SF Bay will be her main stay through the America's Cup before she is scheduled to engage in another ambitious romp which includes coastal races, a Transpac, the Caribbean Classics Circuit, The Transatlantic Race and another Fastnet!


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Their ambitious boat rebuilding and retouring effort is equally matched by their very ambitious website which contains a huge amount of info, history and documentation of the rebuild!

"My idea is to enter Dorade in all the races where she was victorious during her early years including, but not limited to, the race across the Atlantic. (A Trans-Atlantic Race in 2015 would be perfect timing.) To accomplish this, we must assemble and train a crew with the right skills, chemistry and experience to race Dorade and win in trans-oceanic races. We also need to toughen-up Dorade herself, readying her for the kind of long-range sailing she hasn't seen in decades, keeping in mind that while she may be game, she is also an eighty year old lady."


Matt Brooks


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Mattís Crazy Idea ( From VERy early on)

My idea is to enter Dorade in all the races where she was victorious during her early years including, but not limited to, the race across the Atlantic. (A Trans-Atlantic Race in 2012 would be perfect timing.)

To accomplish this, we must assemble and train a crew with the right skills, chemistry and experience to race Dorade and win in trans-oceanic races. We also need to toughen-up Dorade herself, readying her for the kind of long-range sailing she hasnít seen in decades, keeping in mind that while she may be game, she is also an eighty year old lady.

Since her last restoration, Dorade has been sailed hard in multiple regattas under stressful conditions, with 20+ knots of breeze in lumpy seas. She performed well, but after each race, she had the luxury of returning to the dock, where she could be cleaned up, dried off, and prepared for the next day. A simple proposition compared to three or more continuous weeks at sea.

In addition to the engine installation now underway, other installations will follow, including heating, water making and cooking. Safety equipment and communication capabilities need to be addressed along with stowage capacity and allocation. All this is in addition to the normal yearly preventive maintenance items.

After all of these tasks have been completed this winter, a period of sailing trials will follow in the spring. This in turn will be followed by a full campaign during the summer including the Maine Series. There are several over-night races in the early summer when the real off-shore testing begins, complete with cold conditions and decent breezes. The next phase of our plan calls for sailing Dorade to the Caribbean and back to Newport for the Bermuda Race in which she did so well back in the thirties. After Doradeís European tour, she could head off for the Trans-Pac.

With the help and support of her crew and keepers, Dorade is heading off on some magnificent sailing adventures. I am privileged to be one of your shipmates.


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We found some fantastic video of the 1931 Transatlantic Race, Part One above!

Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GARgvGzxMqw)

Part 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ld33clpg_8)


Part 4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K841cwuZ9EM)

Part 5 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qq5-PaNSEc)


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The dorade box (also called a dorade vent, or collector box) is a type of vent that permits the passage of air in and out of the cabin of a boat, while keeping rain, spray or sea wash out.
The basic form is a low, rectangular box fixed to the deck or cabin top, fitted with interleaving vertical baffles. The baffles alternate to be free at the floor of the box, or free at the ceiling, forming a series of chambers.

A ventilation cowl is usually fitted to a large hole at the top of the chamber at one end of the box, and another large hole opens down into the boat from the chamber at the other end. Limber holes perforate the wall of the box at the floor of each chamber.
Dorade boxes operate on the principle that air can pass relatively freely through the chambers, yet rain or sea wash will be trapped in successive chambers and drain out the small holes in the sides of the box.

The principle can be applied to other forms. For example, one variant has a circular layout with the baffles as concentric rings.

fototaker
11-04-2012, 11:56 PM
wow, what an impressive history BUT with those sails, no wonder she wins often! now i know what to look for during the coming months! what a sea-Beauty!!! thanks! BTW: Saturday was a beautYful day fer sailing!!!

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IOR Geezer
11-06-2012, 09:12 AM
Very nice work, and good on Matt and Pam for their preservationist efforts

fototaker
11-06-2012, 09:15 AM
she's so lovely, they should be deservingly proud of their work! will be looking for her on weekends in the case she sails in another regatta. not too difficult to miss even for a land-lubber like meself!