Crew

Matt Brooks
A native of San Leandro, California, Matt learned to sail in Monterey Bay as a boy, and went on to race on San Francisco Bay on his first yacht Quarter Pounder, sailing under the St. Francis flag. Matt is also a well-known mountain guide, and over the past forty years has racked up first ascents in the Sierra and the French alps, established a mountaineering equipment company, and earned the Presidential Gold Medal from the American Mountain Guides Association. Since soloing as a pilot at age 13, Matt has also set many world records in the air, including the record time for circumnavigating the globe (westward) and flying westward across the US, all in a specially equipped Citation business jet. With Lucie, he is happy to be in the company of other avid sportsmen who believe “failure is not an option.”

James A. Hilton Sr.
Jamie was born and raised in Rumson, N.J. His early days of dinghy racing were in Blue Jays at the Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club, where his father John Sr had been Commodore a few years earlier. Jamie’s passion for being on the water year around was enriched by spending his early years hunting, fishing and sailing with his father, frequently in wooden boats built by his father on the Shrewsbury River. As a freshman in college Jamie was lucky to get a summer job as a paid hand on the yacht “Taniwha”, which was the Flagship of the New York Yacht Club, owned by Commodore Henry H Anderson Jr. In the four years Jamie worked on Taniwha he learned a great deal about sailing with Commodore Anderson. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1983 Jamie returned to NJ + SSYC sailing Comets Class dinghies. Jamie went on to win 4 Comet International Championships + 2 North American championships. In 1994 Jamie, his wife Tricia and family returned to Rhode Island to live where he is still a resident of Tiverton, RI. Since returning to Rhode Island Jamie has been actively racing Shields in Newport’s Shields Fleet 9, the largest one design fleet in Newport and the largest Shields fleet in the USA. In 2005 Jamie was invited to join the crew of the 12 Meter and two time America’s Cup winner Courageous as helmsman and skipper. With Jamie as helmsman on Courageous the team won the 12 Meter World Championships in 2005. They also won the 2007 12 Meter World Championship event in Cannes, France. Unfortunately, the event organizers were unable to get enough races in to satisfy ISAF world championship requirements. That same Courageous team also won the North American championships in 2006 + 2008. Jamie teamed up with Lucie’s owner Matt Brooks in the spring of 2011. Together Matt and Jamie oversaw the final phases of Lucie’s restoration with the help of Brion Rieff, Jacob Vargish and Robbie Doyle. Their combined efforts resulted in Lucie’s victory in the 2011 Six Meter World Cup, Vintage Division. “Lucie is one of the finest yachts I’ve had the privilege to sail on and be a part of”, says Hilton. Jamie plans to work with Matt Brooks to continue Lucie’s recent success at the 6 Meter European Championships in Sweden in July 2012.

Jens Lange
Jens Lange owns and operates Baltic Boat Works out of Newport, RI where he and his team specialize in restoration and maintenance of classic wooden yachts. Jens is actively racing in the Narragansett Bay Herreshoff S-Class and occasionally takes a turn on 6 Meters. He started sailing decades ago in the Baltic, still frequents the Mediterranean and sailed for some years on the Great Lakes including the Mackinaw races.
Jens is a native of Germany and a graduate of the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI.

Robbie Doyle
A native of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Robbie Doyle has been racing and winning in the world’s toughest competitions for more than 50 years. He has raced dinghies, one design classes including 6 meter and 12 meter boats, offshore yachts and some of the world’s most prestigious superyachts. Robbie was a member of the 1968 Olympic Team. He was on the winning America’s Cup Courageous with Ted Turner in 1977. Robbie has raced in most of the world’s major ocean races over his career.

An Applied Physics graduate of Harvard College, Robbie has been in the sailmaking business since 1971, working with Ted Hood for ten years before starting his own business, Doyle Sailmakers, in August of 1982.

Christopher Greenman
I learned to sail at Cohasset Sailing Club, a public club in Massachusetts, where anyone could take lessons. I loved it and later taught there. After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in accounting, I immediately headed to sea. I crewed on charter vessels throughout the Caribbean and Eastern US until I got my Captain’s license and ran a nice Hinckley 43 named Starbrite. Maxi boat campaigns on Nirvana, Boomerang, Congere, Ondine followed. A trans-Atlantic record attempt on Nirvana was followed by 6 Bermuda Races and a Jamaica Race. Lately, I have been staying closer to shore. Five years of trimming Main on the 12 Meter Courageous with Jamie Hilton, was a tremendous experience. And perhaps some of the most demanding racing has been Shields Fleet 9 in Newport, Rhode Island. On any given Wed night there will be 30+ boats with some elite talent giving it their best.

Paul Foley
Lives in Orange, Connecticut with his wife and daughter and learned to sail in nearby Milford on Long Island Sound.
Paul has had many years of sailing and racing experience ranging from dinghies to big boats.
He has crewed in multiple Farr 40 and J-24 World Championships and was part of the crew that won the 2010 Shields National Championships.

Magnus Woxen
Mainsail trimmer and tactician is Magnus Woxen who
will be sailing with us on Lucie at the European Championships. He is looking forward to sailing a classic like Lucie . Most importantly Magnus “gets it” as far as what is most important about sailing a classic . It’s all about the varnish ! Aside from that, he’s very eager to help us try and kick some ass and take some names with a wooden mast and dacron sails as best as we can .

Jacob Vargish
Jacob Vargish is President of Vargish Group LLC, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering consultants. He is responsible for all aspects of design and engineering of custom performance sailing yachts from 33-ft to 95-ft, including the development of hull lines and parametric features, detailed structural design of hull, keel, rudder and rig, and preparing construction drawings and reports for builders, clients and certification agencies. He has worked independently on the design, restoration and re-fit of 12-metre and 6-metre yachts since 2005, and prior to that with Pedrick Yacht Designs, Inc. in Newport, RI from 2001 to 2005. He has also worked at Hall Spars and Rigging in Bristol, RI as a custom carbon rig engineer and continues to be a consultant for them.

Jacob has a Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Structural Engineering from Vanderbilt University. Jacob has avidly raced Shields on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, and competes in West and East coast 6mR events as well as 6mR European and World Championships. In 2011, he will be racing on Flapper in the 6mR World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. He also races and sails locally with his family on their one design Lightning Class sloop.