10th Among All Classics, Lucie Wins Silver at 2019 Worlds

The wind lightened up during the second half of the 2019 Six Metre World Championship at Hanko, Finland, and Lucie moved up in the fleet. Unfortunately, the wind died completely, which left Lucie off the podium at the end of the regatta, yet the team came away with two coveted trophies, nonetheless.

Lucie, on pace upwind on Day Three of the 2019 Worlds.

On the third day of racing, with skipper Craig Healy at the helm, Lucie scored a fourth and a ninth, moving up to 10th place out of 32 boats racing in the Classics Division. Ahead of Lucie were boats from Spain, France, Germany, five Finnish boats, and USA teammate Goose, which held fourth place. 

Six Metre Worlds Lucie
Lucie, at right, makes good time downwind in light winds. All photos by Jens Lange

On the final day of racing, the fleet started Race 7 in light air that died out completely as the race committee attempted to shorten the race at the first mark but then abandoned it due to improper committee procedure. “We thought we’d finished third in that race,which would have moved us up a couple places in the standings,” said Craig, “but ultimately it was abandoned.”  

Lucie sneaks around the first mark near the front of the fleet in Race 7.

According to Craig, the winner of the Classics, Bribon, co-helmed by the King of Spain, had an amazing string of scores. “We weren’t quite as fast,” he said, “but our crew sailed Lucie well, and we had a good time. I had said at the outset that if we finished in the top 5 we would be hitting it out of the park. I thought finishing in the top 10 was a reasonable goal and that’s where we finished.”

A beautiful white bow works through choppy waters of Hanko.

Lucie is several years older than most of the Classics she raced against and won a pair of beautiful perpetual trophies she also captured at several previous world championships. The Baum & Konig Trophy is presented to the top “vintage” boat in the Classic Division using original spars and Dacron sails. The KSSS Trophy is for the top Classic Division boat built to Rule 1 and 2 of the Six-Metre Rule.  

See final results here.

KSSS Trophy Lucie Crew
Lucie’s crew poses with the KSSS Trophy, one of two Classic Division awards they earned for 2019.

Lucie’s crew for the 2019 Worlds represented the St. Francis Yacht Club and included Isabelle du Moulin, Tom Ducharme, John Hayes, Keith Stahnke, and Craig Healy.

Jens Lange smiles for the camera after dressing Lucie for shipment back to the U.S.

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