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Dorade Down Under

Dorade is Down Under, adding to her collection of prizes in events like Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

© Andrea Francolini

The Dorade Down Under campaign is going swimmingly for the 86-year-old 52-ft Sparkman & Stephens yawl. In August, the classic yacht slipped onto the podium in the first two of five events off the coast of Australia. The 40-ft LWL Dorade took third place in the 370-mile Brisbane to Keppel Race and second place in the IRC Passage Division 2 at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Before taking on the 628-mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, which will start on December 26, the Dorade Down Under team will head to New South Wales in October for the Bass Island Race and to Sydney in November for the Bird Island Race.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week wrapped up on August 26.

© Andrea Francolini

The San Francisco Bay Area-based Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy purchased Dorade in 2010 and restored her to her original condition. The yacht competed with (and thrilled the crews of) much younger boats on the San Francisco Cityfront in the 2012-2013 Golden Gate Yacht Club Midwinters before taking off on her Return to Blue Water campaign, which included an overall win in the 2013 Transpac — 77 years after her first win of that venerable race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. For much more and to follow Dorade’s adventures, see

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