Re: Eighty-year old wooden full keel boat beats new "Interesting Boats" in Transpac
I would expect waterline length, narrower beam, experienced crew, all to trump newer boats. Then add a pinch of "even a blind pig finds an acorn" if they caught one good puff that set them into slightly better wx timing at any point, so surprise there.
Copy Dorade's design into lightweight aluminum or frp, use modern materials all the way, update the keel and rudder, and then see whether the old design still beats the new.
Old or new, has little to do with "fast".