83-year-old Yacht wins the race
July 28 , 2013
The boat that won this year's Transpacific Yacht Race won the race for the first time in 1936. It was much less likely to be a winner this time and the owner of the Dorade, Matt Brooks was told that its merely a piece of antique furniture.
Brooks, however fixed the historic boat and hired an all-star crew led by rising British phenom Hannah Jenner to sail her. It was quickly learned that "old school" steering techniques worked best on the boat. They also used celestial navigation to chart their course. The race was finished in 12 days, 5 hours, 23 minutes and 18 seconds. The best part about the finishing time is that its a day better than its original time in 1936.