Lucie Prepares for Newport MetreFest

LUCIE at IYRS in Newport, R.I. (Photo Credit: Jens Lange)

This weekend, LUCIE kicks off its 2017 race campaign with Newport MetreFest from June 9-11 on Narragansett Bay. The event is an exciting new regatta for International Rule sailing yachts, including 2.4mR, 6mR, 8mR and 12mRs and will be hosted by New York Yacht Club, with support from Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport in conjunction with NYYC’s Annual Regatta.

A full report on LUCIE leading up to the event from Jens Lange here:

After what seemed like an endless winter LUCIE has finally launched in Newport, where she is doing some crew training, testing of new sails and tuning for the season. She will start off at the MetreFest in Newport – a new regatta and a feast for the International Rule boat enthusiast.

LUCIE’s launch ran like a Swiss watch with German discipline: all the rigging is set up to where we left off at the end of last season and a confirmation of measured weight with a certified load cell. We set up base camp at IYRS in Newport with LUCIE’s crew, sails and all the gear needed for some rigorous training available. Now it’s time for some racing!

The crew met for a weekend to get acclimated again to the boat, check out the new sails and spend some quality time on the water, which included many, many hoists and drops and countless jibes and tacks. The cobwebs are definitely starting to go away now. Our sail designer Glenn Cook from DOYLE Sailmakers joined us for a day of sail evaluation. LUCIE’s entire team meticulously worked through the checklist; it was a very productive weekend and LUCIE is happy as can be and in great shape!

We are all looking forward to the MetreFest now, with the whole fleet docked at Sail Newport in Fort Adams State park, where everyone can walk the docks and enjoy the beauty of these fine vessels.

From there, LUCIE will do some more training in Newport before heading west to Vancouver for the 6 Metre World Championship. From there, she will head south to San Francisco to sail again at the St. Francis Yacht Club for the 6 Metre Invitational.

Stay tuned for updates and pictures from the Metrefest! https://metrefest.com

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