June 19, 2013
LOA: 100′ 9
Class/Type: Classic Staysail Schooner
Builder: C.A. Morse, Thomaston, Maine
Designer: John Gale Alden (NSHOF Hall of Famer)
Launch Date: 1929
A classic staysail schooner was given a new lease on life by means of a complete structural and mechanical refit in 2008. With luxurious accommodations for 13 in seven cabins, she was originally built in 1929 and christened as QUEEN TYI for a wealthy Wall Street banker who reportedly lost the vessel in the stock market crash that same year.
SUMMERWIND was donated to the Naval Academy Foundation in 2015. She was officially commissioned on October 28 at the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
During World War II, she has served as a sub hunter in the coastal Picket Patrol off the coast of New England.
Watch the video documentary of the Picket Patrol – “The Hooligan Navy” in the NSHOF Film Library .
Later, after many years of racing and cruising in New England, she went into service as a charter boat in the Mediterranean. In 2006 she was purchased by Texas oilman J. Don Williamson and underwent a major multimillion dollar restoration. Shortly afterward she won the 2009 Newport Bucket Race.
Summerwind was the training vessel for the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY in for three years. In 2012 James Grundy bought her and brought the vessel to Oxford, Maryland, where both masts and booms were replaced with carbon fiber spars. In 2014 she won the Great Chesapeake Schooner Race.
In the fall of 2016 Grundy donated SUMMERWIND to the United States Naval Academy Foundation. She was officially commissioned in a ceremony that took place here at the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
Click here to visit SUMMERWIND’s Facebook page.
Video of Restoration:
Preserving America’s Sailing Legacy
Engaging Sailing’s Next Generation
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