Sunday, August 7, 2011

Design 2089 - Dora IV

Dora was built of aluminum by Palmer Johnson of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. She was launched in 1972. Designed to be an ocean racing yacht, she has had numerous owners, modifications and refits through the years.

She is best known or has been made famous by the infamous Fastnet Race of 1979, where she was sailed to victory by Ted Turner. In that race 303 yachts crossed the starting line but in horrific gale force winds of over 60 knots and towering waves (force 11) 69 yachts withdrew and 23 sank or were abandoned. 15 sailors died in that race.

The boat has been renamed War Baby and is undergoing a major restoration in Holland.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 61'-5"
LWL 46'-0"
Beam 15'-8"
Draft 9'-0"
Displacement 47,680 lbs
Ballast 24,000 lbs
Sail Area 1,685 sq ft


  1. Bought by Ted Turner and renamed Tenacious. She competed in the 1978 and 1980 Bermuda races, being first MHS yacht to finish in 1978, and winning Class A in 1980. Also won 1979 the Miami-Montego Bay race, as well as the calamitous 1979 Fastnet race.

    Turner sold Tenacious to Warren Brown of Bermuda, who renamed her War Baby. Previously, Brown had bought American Eagle from Turner, which he also renamed War Baby.

  2. Lynn Williams was the original owner who had the Dora IV (named for my mother) built at Palmer Johnson boat yards. He had a winning racing career with her under that name, before selling to Ted Turner. When Turner named her Tenacious, my mother said she didn't at all mind being known as Tenacious. When Warren Brown bought her and renamed her War Baby, she was not so pleased! Lovely memories of the Dora IV for our family.