(NSHOF) – The beautifully restored 100-foot Alden schooner Summerwind will arrive at the public docks of the National Sailing Hall of Fame today, Thursday, April 27, at noon and will be available for public viewing until her departure on Monday, May 1.
In October of last year the U.S. Naval Academy added this beautifully restored 100-foot schooner to its fleet. Designed by the company of Hall of Famer John G. Alden and launched originally by the C.A. Morse yard in Maine, Summerwind has a rich history.
Built in 1929 as Queen Tyi for a wealthy Wall Street banker, he reportedly lost the vessel in the stock market crash that triggered the Great Depression. The boat has changed names twice and had several owners.
During World War II she was part of the “Hooligan Navy” (watch the video here), serving as a submarine hunter in the coastal “Picket Patrol” in the waters off New England. 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.
Last fall, 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, where she returns today.
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