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Dorade readies with penultimate Blue Water test

Dorade readies with penultimate Blue Water test
Dorade at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 (Photo Credit: Andrea Francolini)

The penultimate race of the CYCA's Blue Water Pointscore is the Bird Island with the Rolex Sydney Hobart the final test. Back in for Race 5 is the famous American classic wooden boat Dorade. With her deep keel, narrow beam and generous sail plan, the yawl took the yachting world by storm and made headlines around the world after scoring an upset victory in the 1931 Transatlantic Race from Newport, Rhode Island to Plymouth, competing against much larger boats. Dorade went on to score famous victories in some of the world's most famous races- now she takes on the Rolex Sydney Hobart with Adrienne Cahalan, the first woman to sail 25 Hobarts, navigating.

We spoke to Kevin Miller, skipper in lieu of owners Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke-Levy, who gave us a taste of his thinking ahead of the Bird Island Race. Miller told us how the crew had to do their homework on old stories to get the most out of the boat, which will be the the oldest in the fleet at 87.