LUCIE Wins 6mR Worlds Pre-Regatta

Team LUCIE went through two days of crew training and tuning the boat, we got accustomed to the local current and wind conditions and had some minor repairs at night and then headed right into the 6mR pre-World Championship regatta – The Westerleigh Cup.

The Westerleigh Cup was sailed in very light wind conditions with tide and current that was difficult to figure out. To give you an idea of the potential current the tide rise and fall is nearly 14’. 

The first start of the Westerleigh Cup found LUCIE very eager to get started. So eager in fact that Lucie was over the starting line early and had to return to the starting line to clear herself and start again – this put her in last place! What a great way to start a regatta, NOT!  Despite 20 classic 6 Meters in the Classic fleet, LUCIE fought her way back into the race to finish in 7th place. Not a bad result given her start. The second race went a little better for LUCIE. She got a good start, showed good speed throughout the race and was able to finish first.

Day 2 of the Westerleigh Cup had even lighter wind that started with a one hour Postponement ashore. The race committee finally got the fleet started in about 5 kt of shifting breeze. LUCIE came off the line just perfect, played the left side of the course and was able to finish 4th. The leader after Day 1, MAY BE VII, sailed by Dennis Conner, started prematurely but fought his way back to finish 11th. Day 1’s 2nd place boat was the renown “Goose” sailed by past 6 Meter World Champion Eric Jesperson won race 3.

After 3 races, the Olin Stephens designed GOOSE was still leading with LUCIE 2nd in the overall standings. The wind almost had died, AP went up, some waiting, more windshifts but finally by 2 pm the final start got off. LUCIE was able to get off the line and hold her lane. She fought hard with the Spanish entry BRIBON (helmed by HM Don Juan Carlos de Borbón). GOOSE unfortunately had an port-starboard situation with TOTEM and had to take a penalty turn which moved her back in the fleet. LUCIE struggled a bit on the last leg allowing the Finnish “Fridolin” to pass her but was able to hang on to a 4th place. That was just enough to give Lucie and her crew a hard earned 1st Place in the Westerleigh Cup in the Classic division, only one point ahead of MAY BE VII.


LUCIE Update: September 11

Full update on the boat from Jens Lange:
“Our second day in Vancouver went 100% to plan. We got LUCIE launched in the morning, towed around to the mast stepping pad and the spar went in right after lunch. We secured everything, got the last of the gear loaded and then we were off for a 90-minute tow over to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, passing beautiful Stanley Park and navigating through pretty heavy commercial traffic. The bay in front of the yacht club is the anchorage for tankers and freighters waiting to get into Vancouver Harbour – about a dozen huge ocean freighters are on anchor where we will race, which will be interesting.

“From there, we returned to the yard by boat to get the car and later some clearing up on LUCIE back at the yacht club. Tomorrow will be dedicated to getting LUCIE back into race trim: final tuning of shrouds, installing the vang and backstay control, followed by a bunch of minor things so that LUCIE is ready for take off on Wednesday morning.”

LUCIE in Vancouver

LUCIE was successfully delivered to Vancouver where the team will prepare her for the 6 Metre Worlds, which kick off on Friday.

Full update on the boat from Jens Lange:

“For my first day in Vancouver, I found LUCIE at Lynnwood Marine where she was supposed to be, and spent my day unpacking her from her travel suit, getting the spars unpacked. From there, I spent a few hours getting the mast dressed. LUCIE is all cleared up and prepared for launching, which will take place today followed by a tow over to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

“I also checked out the Yacht Club, docks and facilities. All is fine there. It’s a very large marina so bring your hiking shoes. All the 6 Metres are docked in the order of when they were built, which is pretty neat. The docks are also shared with the local sea otters. I put up LUCIE’s dock box and got the first load of gear moved onto the dock. It will get pretty crowded in a few days.”