Shipyard Update: August 9, 2017

Next month, LUCIE will take on the 6 Metre Worlds in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Here is the full update on how the team has been preparing the yacht for racing from Jens Lange:

“The aft end of the boom got stripped and re-varnished, and the slightly lighter wood where the old band was will blend in fairly fast once the boom sees some UV light again.

“The foredeck handrails are off the boat right now, as they took a beating from almost three months in the water and lots of training. We are doing some varnish work to them so that they look proper for the 6 Metre Worlds next month in Vancouver.

“The topside area just below the chain plates has received a spline on both port and starboard as the load of the standing rigging has pulled the planking a bit and the paint continues to crack there. This operation will not be visible again by the time LUCIE leaves the shop for Vancouver.

“As mentioned before, I have not only had the vang control stripped but also took off the mast fwd and aft controls. For the “mast fwd” we have replaced the whole line as this was a pieced-together system, and I did not like the fact that these were two lines. Upon inspection I also replaced the triple blocks this system runs on. They were very tired Lewmar blocks without ball bearings, which look like they were bought in 2012 in Sweden. We now have one continuous line running over new 57mm Harken triple blocks.

“And the new spin pole is making good progress, glued up to the eight-staved birds mouth pole. We’ve already rounded it, fit the clews and sanded it. This pole will get varnished over the next ten days and then rigged up.”

Briggs Cunningham Feature on LUCIE

The “Lucie”, a 6-metre sloop named for Lucie Bedford Cunningham.

Lucie is the last six meter designed by Clinton Crane in 1930, and arguably his best. Lucie was built to the International 6 Metre Rule: Second Metre Rule. She was built in Nevin’s Yard on City Island in New York in 1931, for the noted sportsman Briggs Cunningham, and named after his first wife, Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren. Lucie was named to three successive British-American Cup teams, her last in 1936. She is the only Crane design to stay in major competition after WWII. In addition to campaigning Lucie, Briggs Cunningham also won both the Prince Edward VII Gold Cup, the so-called “Bermuda Gold Cup”, and the Scandinavian Gold Cup in 1937 with US 72 Lulu. Among his many other feats, Mr Cunningham also won the America’s Cup in 1958 on the 12 meter Columbia.

She often beat newer designs on the Great Lakes in the 50’s, such as US 81 Goose and US 87 MaybeVII, while named ‘Stork’. An interesting anecdote about her comes from Barbara Castle Poole von Schilcher: “The ‘Stork’ was originally the ‘Lucie’, but the first year my grandfather (Wilmot Vail ‘Rooney’ Castle) had her, 1940, all of the guys who crewed in the forward cockpit became fathers, so he renamed her ‘Stork’ … I was the first of those forward cockpit babies.”

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Metrefest Results

Results for Lucie for the MetreFest Newport 2017:
1st Place – Around the Island – 6mR Class
2nd Place – 6mR Class