1/13/16 SAF Meeting at St. Francis YC

SAF Station held its first meeting of 2016 at the St. Francis YC on January 13th. Our speakers were our own members, the husband/wife team of Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy. Matt and Pam presented a wonderful slide show about their historic and beautiful ocean racing yacht Dorade's "Return to Blue Water." This successful campaign began with a restoration of Dorade in 2010 and 2011 followed by ocean races to Bermuda, in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, the 2015 Transatlantic Race and the 2015 Fastnet Race. Dorade was incredibly successful in her "Return to Blue Water" which is a testament to Matt and Pam's attention to detail and tradition.

Matt introduces the slide show that focuses on Dorade's successful campaign and lessons learned along the way.
Matt, Pam and the St. Francis YC assembled many of Dorade's trophies, some from the 1930's, along with a Dorade full model and other items... more...
RC, Terry and Matt admire one of the two original Dorade oil-burning sidelights generously given to Matt by SAF member Jon Rolien.
SAF Member Mike Proudfoot (right) and his guest Steve Hutchinson, President, SF Master Mariners Beneficial Assoc.
Pam took us through the restoration process and, then, how owners and crew learned to sail Dorade up to her potential as designed by "20-... more...
Several of Dorade's awards that were assembled for the meeting, lunch and presentation.
Chuck Hawley, Pam Rorke Levy and Peter Hogg before the meeting.
Steve Hunt and Bruce Munro (S/C StFYC 2000).
Pam described the "Return to Blue Water" campaign that, in part, focused on bettering ocean-racing performances of Dorade during the 1930... more...
L-R, Staff Commodore R.C. Keefe (1975) & Terry Klaus (2004) with Matt Brooks.
SAF members and guests gather before the meeting.
Peter Darbee and Wyman Harris.
In the 2013 Transpacific Yacht Race, Dorade won the King Kalakaua Trophy for First Overall on corrected time. She won the trophy once before: in 1936!