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 Takes First Place for Day 1 Metrefest

LUCIE takes the bullet on day 1 of the 2017 Metrefest regatta in Newport!

The Metrefest started with the traditional Race around Conanicut Island – a 14 nm course around “Jamestown Island”, a beautiful sight with plenty of Metre boats on the line. LUCIE got off to a great start and took the lead heading out the bay toward Beavertail, then defended her lead going up north through the West Passage of Narragansett Bay. As the fleet was turning back south heading down the East Passage back to Newport things got tight, LUCIE got seriously challenged by the Modern 6 DISCOVERY, lost the lead for a while but choose the better side when the whole fleet came to a brief stop in a big wind hole north of the Pell bridge.

LUCIE took the lead back and defended her position for the last two miles toward the finish.

We are looking forward to some windward leeward racing today – stay tuned.

More photos from Jens Lange

Swiss Open Championship – Day 2

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The second day of the Swiss Open Championship started yesterday with an early skippers meeting and immediate heading out to the Lake, despite no wind. Because we did not get in any valid races on Tuesday, the race officers wanted the whole fleet out on the water to take any and all opportunities to get some races in. The rules state that we need to complete three races for the event to constitute as the Swiss Open Championship. So, we sat in the drizzle and rain for over three hours.

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At 1:30 pm, the first race of the day got started, the moderns got off the line just fine, but the classics were all a bit trigger happy after two days of jogging around. The first start was a general recall; the second start shortly after got blown off as well. The third try at starting a race was under the black flag, which means any boat being early over the line would be immediately disqualified, and still with only about seven knots of wind three boats were over the line early. However, we finally we had a race underway.

LUCIE went left to get under shore; the rest of the fleet split evenly, some left, some right. The left side paid off, LUCIE rounded the first windward mark as first boat, hoisted the kite and did not give up the leading spot for the whole downwind leg. It was a slow run, but at the leeward mark LUCIE had carved out a 40-second lead on the second place boat. From there, it was basically about covering the second place boat back up to the windward mark. By this time the race for the moderns had already been shortened, so the classics knew what was coming: finishing at the windward mark.

LUCIE defended her lead just fine and took the first bullet in the Swiss Open Championship. It was around 2:45 pm and very clear that no further race could be started before 3 pm, so it was time to head in. Just as LUCIE was being towed in, the orange storm warning lights on shore started flashing again! We towed the boat home at max speed and made it home safely with the rest of the fleet.

The planned awards ceremony for the Swiss Open Championship got cancelled as no three races could be completed. However, we all still had a very nice pasta dinner at the regatta center, all crews mixing and telling lots of stories.

There is still is a chance to complete the Swiss Open Championship, and two races have been scheduled for Friday morning, and if all participants vote and agree the Swiss Championship could be extended to Friday evening, with the 6MR European Championships being pushed to Saturday. More info on this will be provided later today.

Today is a lay-day for us, and all boats participating in the 6MR European Championships will have to get measured and approved. We are spending the day moving sails, getting the boat into race trim and making sure everything is in proper order.