LUCIE Gets New Mast

By Jens Lange
LUCIE is in the shop for the winter – taking a much earned break and awaiting her regular maintenance to make sure she continues to turn heads and be the fastest Rule II boat out there.
When LUCIE returned back from the Worlds in Vancouver she arrived back home with a damaged mast – somewhere along the almost 4,000 mile trip from Vancouver, BC to Newport, RI the overhanging mast was clipped and caused damages too severe to be fixed. This was a big bummer for team LUCIE as we had spent years to tune and develop this beautiful wooden mast. There now was only one thing to do: look forward, built a new mast and incorporate everything we have learned over the years.
In December we were successful in finding the proper material for the new tube: Finest Sitka Spruce in a length of 30’+ and at 16/4 quarter-sawn – which means we only need one scarf per stave and we could re-saw the wood to exactly what we needed. The last design of the mast tube was reviewed carefully and some adjustments were calculated, drawn and discussed until we finally had the design and construction method that will produce the next iteration of the LUCIE mast. While many details will remain proprietary we can release this much: The mast will be 8 staved and hollow with focus on weight as close to the rule as can be managed with a wooden mast.
Last week – with a little room in the shop before another 6 Meter was scheduled to come in – we milled the re-sawn planks close to maximum thickness per stave as per the section drawings, then we scarfed all eight staves together to give us the 48’ building length needed. Somewhere in that process the planks were ripped to a little over needed width as well. Once the scarfs had cured all eight staves went thru the planer again, now bringing them down to final maximum thickness. That was obviously done with shop doors open as it now needed a 100’ run (50′ on each side of the planer).
Next step will be the detailing of the staves, trimming to final width and thickness taper towards the top, and then heading for bench set-up and dry-fitting. Stay tuned!

LUCIE Update: September 23

By Jens Lange:

LUCIE is all packed up and ready to go home! I saw the sunrise at the Yacht Club while breaking down our base camp and finished LUCIE right about sunset at the Lynnwood Marina.

As per usual after these events the early bird is clearly favored, the line for mast crane and boat haul out got longer as the day went on – getting LUCIE over there yesterday after the race with all sails already in the boat and docking her right in front of the mast crane was the key for today – I did not spend a single minute waiting!

LUCIE will most likely cross the border back into the US by Tuesday next week and should be in Bristol in about ten days.

Thanks for a great event – yes, some people need to go back to 6 Metre school, but we had a lot of fun, you guys raced hard and we met some great folks!

LUCIE in Vancouver

LUCIE was successfully delivered to Vancouver where the team will prepare her for the 6 Metre Worlds, which kick off on Friday.

Full update on the boat from Jens Lange:

“For my first day in Vancouver, I found LUCIE at Lynnwood Marine where she was supposed to be, and spent my day unpacking her from her travel suit, getting the spars unpacked. From there, I spent a few hours getting the mast dressed. LUCIE is all cleared up and prepared for launching, which will take place today followed by a tow over to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

“I also checked out the Yacht Club, docks and facilities. All is fine there. It’s a very large marina so bring your hiking shoes. All the 6 Metres are docked in the order of when they were built, which is pretty neat. The docks are also shared with the local sea otters. I put up LUCIE’s dock box and got the first load of gear moved onto the dock. It will get pretty crowded in a few days.”