Briggs Cunningham – 6-metre class sailing

(For more photos, please visit our “Cunningham Sailing” album on SmugMug.)

The Lucie


The “Lucie”, a 6-metre sloop named for Lucie Bedford Cunningham.

Lucie is the last six meter designed by Clinton Crane in 1930, and arguably his best. Lucie was built to the International 6 Metre Rule: Second Metre Rule. She was built in Nevin’s Yard on City Island in New York in 1931, for the noted sportsman Briggs Cunningham, and named after his first wife, Lucie Bedford Cunningham Warren. Lucie was named to three successive British-American Cup teams, her last in 1936. She is the only Crane design to stay in major competition after WWII. In addition to campaigning Lucie, Briggs Cunningham also won both the Prince Edward VII Gold Cup, the so-called “Bermuda Gold Cup”, and the Scandinavian Gold Cup in 1937 with US 72 Lulu. Among his many other feats, Mr Cunningham also won the America’s Cup in 1958 on the 12 meter Columbia.

She often beat newer designs on the Great Lakes in the 50’s, such as US 81 Goose and US 87 MaybeVII, while named ‘Stork’. An interesting anecdote about her comes from Barbara Castle Poole von Schilcher: “The ‘Stork’ was originally the ‘Lucie’, but the first year my grandfather (Wilmot Vail ‘Rooney’ Castle) had her, 1940, all of the guys who crewed in the forward cockpit became fathers, so he renamed her ‘Stork’ … I was the first of those forward cockpit babies.”

For more information, visit http://lucie.org/. (Photo credit: unknown)



The Lucie


1934 press photo – The Lucie, a 6-metre racing sloop, with BSC at the helm
(Photo credit: Historic Images)



Historic Images

1934 Press photo – The Lucie, a 6-metre sailing sloop 6/US52
(Photo credit: Historic Images)


The next few photos were taken from http://www.6mrnorthamerica.com/lucie.html:

The Lucie

Lucie leaves Brion Rieff’s shop on her way to Newport
for fitting out, launching, and shakedown
before going to Helsinki.

The Lucie


The Lucie

The Lucie in the shop


Lucie in the shop at Brion Rieff Boatbuilder

The Lucie


Lucie in the shop at Brion Rieff Boatbuilder

The Lucie


Lucie as she was in Port Huron before being moved to New England


This is another good link with information about The Lucie: http://classicsailboats.org/?p=1569. Here’s an excerpt:

“The last six meter designed by Clinton Crane, and arguably his best. Lucie was built to the second iteration of the International 6 Metre Rule. She was built in Henry B. Nevin’s yard on City Island in New York in 1931, for the noted sportsman Briggs Cunningham, and named after his first wife, Lynn (Lucie) Bedford Cunningham Warren. Lucie was named to three successive British-American Cup teams, her last in 1936. She is the only Crane design to stay in major competition after WWII. In addition to campaigning Lucie, Briggs Cunningham also won both the Prince Edward VII Gold Cup, the so-called “Bermuda Gold Cup” and the Scandinavian Gold Cup in 1937 with US 72 Lulu. Among his many other sporting pursuits, Mr Cunningham also won the America’s Cup in 1958 on the 12 meter Columbia.”

The following photos of Lulu, a 6-metre sailing sloop, were taken from http://www.6mrnorthamerica.com/lulu.html:

Lulu

Lulu

Lulu

Lulu

Lulu

Lulu

Lulu

The next photos of Lulu were taken from http://sparkmanstephens.blogspot.com/2011/07/design-179-lulu.html:

Lulu

Lulu

Lulu

 

Read the latest updates on the 2015 International Six Metre World Championship: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2015/06/03/six-metre-worlds-get-back-on-track/.

 

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