Lucie Featured in Yachting in 1931

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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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.”

Read the full article with imagery at http://www.briggscunningham.com/home/cunningham-sailing/