Dorade, the greatest ocean racing yacht, March 22

Author Douglas Adkins will talk about Dorade's 80-year adventure on March 22. (photo by Ken Ollar © Guy Hoppen)

Douglas Adkins presents Dorade; the History of an Ocean Racing Yacht on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. A reception at 6:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery precedes the lecture.

Adkins traces the illustrious career of Dorade, generally considered the greatest ocean racing yacht of the twentieth century. Launched in 1930, Dorade was soon dominating competitors on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the Pacific. Adkins tells the tale of her triumphs, travails and travels – a remarkable record spanning eight decades – and describes his research for writing a book about Dorade.

His illustrated lecture will include rarely seen photos and new stories about one of America’s most famous and historic yachts and her brilliant young designer Olin Stephens II. Dorade’s success changed the way people perceived design, safety, rating rules and speed in ocean racing.

Admission: $15 members; $20 non-members. For tickets, call (508) 997-0046 Ext. 100. or

The 2012 Speakers’ Series is presented by BayCoast Bank, and sponsored in part by C.E. Beckman, and Hampton Inn Fairhaven/New Bedford.

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