In 1931, a 52 ft ocean racing yacht named Dorade entered the prestigious Transatlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island, to Plymouth, England under the command of her designer Olin Stephens. Dorade was a little over a year old back then, but she was already attracting a lot of attention from sailing enthusiasts. It took Dorade and her crew 16 days and 55 minutes to take first place and make history.
In 2015, Dorade will once again cross the Atlantic, more than 80 years after her prodigious victory in 1931. This is the dream of Matt Brooks, a San Francisco-based mountaineer, aviator, competitive sailor, and entrepreneur.
Matt Brooks began sailing around the San Francisco and Monterey Bays in his early teenage years. In 2010, he was looking to purchase a yacht when he came across the majestic Dorade. She was not quite ready for racing then, but Mr. Brooks decided that it would be a good idea for her to compete again.
After acquiring Dorade and leaving her in the capable hands of the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Matt Brooks returned to San Francisco and thought about the future of the classic ocean racing yacht. It was clear that she was destined to continue racing, but what about entering the Transatlantic Race in 2015 and taking first place in her class once again?
Matt Brooks is a man of several accomplishments, and he is known to assemble the right crews to achieve his desired objectives. Letting Dorade sail to victory in the 2015 Transatlantic Race is a viable goal.
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