Lucie Featured in the Forties

In 1946, the Editors of Yachting Magazine published a book named Your New Boat that described an array of different sailboat designs of the time. The featured example for the Six-Meter page was none other than Clinton Crane’s Lucie.  

Here’s an excerpt:

The Six-Meter yacht has been the vehicle of some of the finest international yachting competition, and will doubtless be so again as yachting strikes its normal gait. Before the war, it was one of the leading classes in all the yachting nations of Europe as well as the principal yachting centers in this country. As a rating class, it has been a battleground of designers as well as of sailors, with every new boat a little different (and often a little faster) than the old ones. As a result, competing designers seldom permit publication of the lines of their latest boats.

However, Clinton H. Crane, of New York, a leading designer and skipper of Sixes for many years, has furnished these lines of Lucie, one of the outstanding Sixes of the ‘30s. Her dimensions—36.9’ LOA; 22.7’ LWL; 6.38’ beam and 5.27’ draft—are typical of the class. The accompanying sail plan was drawn for the same yacht by Olin Stephens and substituted for the original rig, which had become obsolete after a year or two of racing, owing to developments in designing and in the rules of the class.

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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