Historic Yachts Dorade and America in Castine (Aug 3) + Classic Yacht Race (Aug 4)!
August 3rd and 4th are days to be on the Castine Waterfront! The 52′ yawl Dorade, designed by Olin Stephens in 1929 at age 21, took the sailing world by storm, scoring decisive victories in 1931 in the Transatlantic and Fastnet Races – to be greeted upon its return to New York with a ticker-tape parade from the Battery to City Hall. Dorade then went on to take her class in the Bermuda Race in 1932 and to win the Transpacific Race in 1936. Chapter II: Over 77 years later, under the stewardship of Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy, Dorade has just achieved amazing success in these same races.
Dorade’s return to ocean racing is one of the great stories of yachting, both classic and modern,” commented Douglas Adkins, author of the definitive biography of the
Dorade. “With astonishing performances in the great races of the Pacific and the Atlantic, Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy have burnished Dorade’s reputation as one of the greatest yachts of any generation.” “Olin and Rod Stephens,” Adkins continued, “would be proud.”
The rakish schooner America, sailed by Tory Sears, is the official ambassador for the 2017 America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport. America is a 139′ replica of the vessel which started the America’s Cup tradition in 1851 by defeating the British to win the Royal Yacht Squadron’s “100 Guinea Cup.”
The Dorade and America will be on exhibition on the Castine waterfront starting at noon on August 3. At 4:00, In Delano Auditorium at Maine Maritime Academy, both vessels will be honored and author Doug Adkins will chair of panel of distinguished skippers and historians.
The event is sponsored by the Castine Yacht Club.
(Source: City of Castine)
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