Originally Posted by mad_machine
What is funny.. on the waterline, Dorade is shorter.
The Jeanneau 44 has a LWL 39 feet, 4 inches.
Dorade has a LWL of 38 feet, 10 inches (roughly, they list it as 38.9 feet)
What I find funny is all the hate. Can you not celebrate that a antique and Vintage Race Boat beat all the Fantastic Plastic Yachts on her Rating? That is what Ratings are for.. otherwise the Trans-pac would be a simple One Design
I see no hate - We all admire the Dorade, her restoration, and the feat accomplished by her crew.
However we also dispute the conclusion drawn by the OP.
If you entered a folkboat and arrived after 40 days you'd probably be #1 on corrected time. Does that make it faster or better than Dorade then? (Besides you wouldn't want to go in a boat without a self-bailing cockpit.)