Dorade, the iconic Sparkman & Stephens refitted by RSB


RSB rigging Solutions have had the pleasure of recently working on the Classic Superyacht #Dorade, pulling and restepping her beautiful wooden rigs also with Armare’s products, specifically Dytech ropes. Originally designed and built by Sparkman & Stephens in 1930 and with a string of truly fantastic achievements over many years, Dorade is now in Europe to take part in the next few traditional regattas around the Med. With a tight schedule, Dorade was treated to the best service in STP Palma and is now on her way to Corsicato take part in the Corsica Classic Regatta.



Dorade is a yacht designed in 1929 by Olin Stephens of Sparkman & Stephens and built 1929–1930 by the Minneford Yacht Yard in City Island, New York.


Dorade went on to place 2nd in the Bermuda Race later that year. The crew for its first race received the All-Amateur Crew Prize. However, it would be the Transatlantic Race that would bring the boat its name. Placing first, she completed the race in 17 days – a race that takes an estimated 3–4 weeks to complete. A parade was held in celebration of the crew and ship’s return with the mayor holding a reception in honor of Olin Stephens’ victory.  Olin Stephens, the designer, was skipper through 1932 when he handed the boat to his brother, Rod Stephens. Led by Rod, Dorade sailed to victory in the 1932 Bermuda Race. From Bermuda, Dorade sailed back to Norway, down to Cowes, England, and finally back to America after winning the Fastnet Race. The victory of the 1932 Fastnet Race was of substantial significance given the unusually severe weather, several ships feared missing as well as one recorded drowning among the events that unfolded.  In 2013, Dorade took first place (after applying her handicap) in the Trans-Pacific race that she had won in 1936.


Dorade was completely restored in 1997 at the shipyard of Argentario, in Porto Santo Stefano, Italy.



Length Overall: 52 ft.
Length Waterline: 37 ft.
Beam: 10 ft.
Draught: 8 ft.
Displacement: 143⁄4 tons
Sail Area: 1,100 sq ft (100 m2).
Hull: Mahogany planking on oak frames
Ballast: 18,000 lbs.

Schermata 2014-09-04 alle 11.33.53 Schermata 2014-09-04 alle 11.33.35#SY Dorade


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