The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - San Francisco – 2012 Post Regatta Auction
Auction Ends: Nov 8, 2012 12:00 AM PST

Unique Experiences

Day Sail for Six Aboard Dorade with Catered Lunch and Cocktails

Item Number
Estimated Value
$2,500 USD
$900 USD to Jameson1
Number of Bids
4  -  Bid History

Item Description


Dorade was designed and built in 1929 by Olin and Rod Stephens, who were 20 and 21 years old at the time. It was a revolutionary design -- 52' long and just 10' 3" abeam -- with a deep keel and large sail area -- designed for speed. Despite the protests of many in the yachting establishment who said the boat was too tender for ocean racing, the two boys sailed the boat in the 1931 TransAtlantic race, which they won handily, beating many larger boats with experienced crews... and ushering in a new era in yacht design. Olin and Rod went on to win the Fastnet and the Bermuda Race, along with many other races, before selling the boat to James Flood, who brought it to the West Coast to compete in the 1936 TransPac race, with Myron Spaulding at the helm. Dorade won that race...and her record of victories in major ocean races stands unbeaten today. Two years ago she underwent a complete refit, with the goal of making her ready to repeat all of her early ocean races. The first of these came in June of this year -- the Newport-Bermuda race -- where she came in 15th out of 165 boats -- at the ripe old age of 83. Her next major race will be the 2013 TransPac.

Special Instructions


Offer good while Dorade is docked in San Francisco Bay – from now until February 2013, or next summer/early fall during America’s Cup season.

Donated By:

Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy