Transpacific 2013 winner shares experiences of yacht race

(HawaiiNewsNow) - On the strength of starting in perfect wind conditions, Matt Brooks' 1929 Sparkman & Stephens-designed, 52-foot wooden yawl Dorade earned overall victory in the Transpac 2013 race. This 47th edition of the race, organized by the Transpacific YC, has been held biennially since 1906. At Thursday evening's award ceremony, Dorade will win the King Kalakaua Trophy as First Corrected Overall Yacht.

Along with her Division 7 and 8 rivals, Dorade started the 2225-mile race on  July 8 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time and crossed the finished at Diamond Head on Friday, July 20 at 3:23 p.m. Hawaii time, for an elapsed time of 12 days, 5 hours, 23 minutes and 18 seconds. Over the course, she turned in an average speed of 7.8 knots, 8.1 percent faster than her performance in 1936, and also hit a lifetime record speed of 15.9 knots.

This is the second time Dorade has won -- the first was in 1936. In the 1930s Dorade amassed a racing record unmatched for her time, with victories in the Newport-Bermuda, Fastnet, and Transatlantic races.

Dorade is the overall winner of Transpac 2013 and the northerly course that's mentioned in this video was actually the course of a different boat, the trimaran Lending Club, who competes in a totally separate division, the multihull division. Dorade competes and won in the overall division for all monohull boats in this years Transpacific Yacht Race.  In the following link, the blue track is the Trimaran, the pink track is Dorade and the red line is the Rhumb line from Long Beach to Diamond Head Buoy, the finish line.

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