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!

LUCIE Launches in Newport

LUCIE was launched last week in Newport, R.I. and began her first training session of the season over the weekend. The team is preparing for the Newport MetreFest 2017, which will be run in conjunction with NYYC’s Annual Regatta from June 9-11, 2017.

Before hitting the water, the yacht underwent some final updates. Here is the full update from Jens Lange:

“LUCIE is ready for the 2017 season! Much needed TLC was provided to her, the full spa treatment…

“All her bright work received several coats of fresh varnish, all little dings and scratches from last year are gone now. The deck was due for fresh paint as well and it certainly helped that several pieces of hardware were off the boat for inspection and upgrades. One of the spinnaker poles received new rigging to improve handling and small hardware and rigging changes throughout the entire boat will make LUCIE even more competitive.

“The bottom received a fresh coat of paint and got polished; the topsides finally received the last coat of paint and are gleaming again.

“Quite some effort and engineering went into the design of the new lifting eyes for LUCIE’s single point lifting system. These eyes also function as keel bolts and are sometimes exposed to water in the bilge we eventually decided on custom machined pieces made from Aluminum Bronze – almost a shame that they can never be seen under the floorboards.”

Photos from the shipyard prior to launching: 

Classic Sailboats Online Feature

LUCIE History and Background Featured on Classic Sailboats Online: 

Clinton Crane 1931 International 6 Meter “Lucie”

The last six meter designed by Clinton Crane, and arguably his best. Lucie was built to the second iteration of the International 6 Metre Rule. She was built in Henry B. Nevin’s yard on City Island in New York in 1931, for the noted sportsman Briggs Cunningham, and named after his first wife, Lynn (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 sporting pursuits, Mr Cunningham also won the America’s Cup in 1958 on the 12 meter Columbia.

Lucie often beat newer designs on the Great Lakes in the 50’s, such as US 81 Goose and US 87 May Be VII, 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.”

After a successful racing career over 75 years, she was rebuilt in the exact manner of her original construction, including shellac between her double planked hull. There are two other Crane 6 metre designs in existence, US 43 Sprig, and US 33 Clytie II.

Clinton Crane was a major force in the development of Corinthian yachting, a gentleman yacht designer, and an active 6 metre campaigner. His multiple challenges and general pursuit of the Seawanhaka International Challenge Cup are well covered in the history of that club. Mr. Crane opened the door to Olin Stephens’ career as a yacht designer, literally stepping aside when he realized that he was potentially taking clients away from Olin, a young man at the time, and whose livelihood depended on design commissions. Olin credited Mr. Crane with allowing him to succeed. Mr. Crane also designed 12’s and 8’s, as well as other sailing and power craft, including dinghies, unlimited speedboats and high speed luxury commuters.

Length LOA: 37′
Length on waterline: 23′
Beam: 6′
Draft: 5′ 6″
Displacement: 8,300 Lbs.

Partial History of Ownership:
Year: 2011; Name: Lucie; Current owner: Matt Brooks

Year: 2005; Name: Lucie; Previous owner: Gregory C. Carroll

Year: 2004; Name: Lucie; Previous owner: Thomas Owsley Rodes

Year: 1986; Name: Lucie; Previous owner: Patrick T. Henley

Year: ;Name: Lucie; Previous owner: Peter J. Durand and Frederick M. Miller

Year: 1968; Name: Stork; Previous owner: Mathews

Year: 1962; Name: Stork; Previous owner: Hugh T. Brown

Year: 1940; Name: Lucie / Stork; Previous owner: Wilmot Vail ‘Rooney’ Castle

Year: 1931; Name: Lucie; Owner: Briggs Cunningham

February 2005 – Lucie was recently moved to Maine to join the growing fleet. She will require some work, but may sail a season before her new owner decides how he would like to proceed.

November 2006 – Lucie is currently in the midst of a major restoration at Brion Rieff’s in Maine.

May 2011 – Matt Brooks purchases Lucie and Brion Rieff finishes her in time ship the boat to Helsinki for the 2011 World Cup.

August 2011 – Matt and team place 6th of 45 boats at the World Cup to win both the KSSS trophy (highest placing Rule 1 or 2 boat) and the Baum + Koenig trophy, which is awarded to the highest placing boat with a wood mast and Dacron sails.