Lucy M. Jewett (USA)
Along with her late husband, George F. “Fritz” Jewett, who is already a member of the Hall of Fame, Lucy has been a key figure within several America’s Cup defender and challenger syndicates.
In 1974, she began her association with the Cup when the Jewetts became the owners of the 12-Metre yacht Intrepid. Known as “The People’s Boat”
through the many small contributions supporting its campaign, Intrepid came within one race of becoming the Defender. It was only a broken running backstay in the final race of the defender trials against Courageous that ended the campaign.
The Jewetts then backed the winning Dennis Conner-skippered Freedom 12-Metre syndicate in 1980, as well as Conner’s subsequent campaigns in 1983, 1987 and 1988. Throughout these efforts Lucy was the quiet leader among members of the crew, their families, the team principals, sponsors and supporters. She returned to the fray again in 2000 with Paul Cayard’s and St Francis Yacht Club’s AmericaOne Challenge.
Currently, she serves on the board of the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee, the organization responsible for raising the funds to support San Francisco’s hosting of the 34th America’s Cup season.
Her long involvement and her passion for the event and its people have made her an iconic figure in the America’s Cup world where she is incredibly well respected as both an advisor and mentor.