IYRS School celebrates grand opening of Brooks Building

From Left: IYRS President Terry Nathan with Matt Brooks and Pam Rorke Levy

More than 150 people gathered Monday morning at the IYRS School of Technology and Trades on lower Thames Street to celebrate the grand opening of the newest building on campus, a $6 million two-story elevated building with 20,000 square feet of space.

The Brooks Building will house classes for programs in composites, digital fabrication and marine systems, said IYRS President Terry Nathan.

The building was named in honor of the late John Brooks, who served in the Merchant Marine and then as a chief engineer in the Navy during World War II. He then went on to find success as a major real estate developer in California, as a co-founder of the Oakland Raiders, and as the force behind many other accomplishments.

His son Matt Brooks and daughter in law Pam Rorke Levy (owners of LUCIE and Dorade) were major contributors to the construction of the building and spoke at the ceremony.

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LUCIE Update: September 23

By Jens Lange:

LUCIE is all packed up and ready to go home! I saw the sunrise at the Yacht Club while breaking down our base camp and finished LUCIE right about sunset at the Lynnwood Marina.

As per usual after these events the early bird is clearly favored, the line for mast crane and boat haul out got longer as the day went on – getting LUCIE over there yesterday after the race with all sails already in the boat and docking her right in front of the mast crane was the key for today – I did not spend a single minute waiting!

LUCIE will most likely cross the border back into the US by Tuesday next week and should be in Bristol in about ten days.

Thanks for a great event – yes, some people need to go back to 6 Metre school, but we had a lot of fun, you guys raced hard and we met some great folks!

World Championship: Mid-Week Race Update

By Jens Lange: 

The International 6 Metre Class World Championships started Sunday (September 17). The weather had significantly changed from the days before, during the 6 Metre Pre-Worlds, with the fleet seeing very light winds, rain showers on and off and significantly lower temperatures. The Race Committee worked very hard to find a course with consistent wind direction and managed to get two races in for the first day. The starting line was kept very long and allowed all boats to find a clear path in the low wind pressure. This was a day where good sense for wind shifts and a bit of luck paid off, and the 1935 Bjarne Aas designed SAGA of Kimo Mackey came away with the win. The second race took place in light but more consistent easterly winds, which was equally challenging. LUCIE played the wind shifts and fleet positions changed numerous times. At the end of day one, the Olin Stephens designed GOOSE came out on top for the classic fleet. Off the water after racing, The Worlds Opening Ceremony took place, hosted by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club with greetings from the First Nation.

Monday, September 18, day two of The Worlds started with the AP flag being hoisted onshore, as there was very little pressure, oscillating directions, on English Bay. It took a while to get out and when the fleet finally got to the proposed starting area on the west side of The Bay, a big fat shower came through and took out what little wind was there before, and 45 Six Metres bobbed around waiting for the breeze to build up again. It took a while but finally a northeasterly wind developed. The course was set up for the new direction, and the third race of the regatta finally went off. The wind shifted back and forth and the windward marks had to be adjusted throughout the race. The classic fleet played both sides of the course to seek better pressure around the light showers, which were still in the area. LUCIE fought hard and finished in ninth place, just to shake off and go straight into the fourth race of the regatta. This race saw a very tight start, most of the fleet had chosen the committee boat side of the line to start, and three boats got pushed and had to bear away. It was a little touch-and-go for LUCIE and another boat, but she redeemed herself with a full circle around the committee boat and was off to chase the fleet, passing one boat after another and ultimately finishing in eighth place overall.

We’ve had mixed results so far, but LUCIE is going very fast and there is lots of potential for the next races. Day three of racing (Tuesday, September 19) got cancelled after a few hours of waiting for breeze on shore, but our fifth race is scheduled for this morning at 11:00.

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