Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Marblehead to Halifax ocean race - At 84, Summerwind is ready to race

by Boston Yacht Club on 29 Jun 2013
Summerwind Boston Yacht Club http://www.marbleheadtohalifax.com/
When the 2013 Marblehead to Halifax Race commences on July 7th, the Schooner Summerwind, graceful at age 84, will be contending. Designed by the world class firm of John G. Alden in Boston and launched from the yard of C.A. Morse in Thomaston, Maine, in 1929 the 78-foot Summerwind has a storied past on both sides of the Atlantic.

The classic vessel made her mark as a champion when she took first place in her class at the 2009 Newport Bucket Regatta.

In World War Two she cruised the east coast around Nantucket Shoals as part of the Coastal Picket Patrol. During the 1980s she was chartering in the Mediterranean. Most recently she was part of the fleet of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. In that capacity she sailed the waters off the eastern seaboard. Crewed by Midshipmen, she was a traveling ambassador for the Academy.

Summerwind was purchased recently by yachtsman James Grundy of Oxford, Maryland. Grundy is no stranger to the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race. He holds the record after crossing the Halifax finish line at 30:46:52 in 2011. Grundy will be the skipper of Summerwind this year. His two sons and his daughter will be among his crew.

Improving with age, Summerwind has been virtually remade. She was purchased in Spain in 2006 and transported to Palm Beach Florida for an $8 million restoration in which she was almost entirely replanked; every structural element was evaluated and either restored or replaced and her engineering systems were redesigned.

A classic vessel in new condition she is ready to extend her championship career in the race to Halifax. Many observers see Summerwind competing directly with Ticonderoga the 85 foot Herreshoff Ketch as they are both outstanding older yachts with great histories racing to Halifax.

The Marblehead to Halifax Ocean race, which started in 1905, has taken place every other year under the sponsorship of the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Marblehead to Halifax
Ancasta Ker 40+ 660x82Wildwind 2016 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Alex Thomson beats 24 hour world distance record
British sailor Alex Thomson has beaten the world sailing record for the second time in the Vendee Globe British sailor Alex Thomson has beaten the world sailing record for the second time in the Vendee Globe, travelling 536.81 nautical miles in 24 hours. The previous distance record of 534.48 nautical miles was set by Francois Gabart in the 2012 Vendee Globe, Thomson has sailed an additional 2.33 nautical miles.
Posted today at 11:52 am
EFG Sailing Arabia – Team Averda focus on food in bid to nail victory
Herrera has come up with a secret weapon that he believes might prove the difference between winning and coming second. Herrera has put together a formidable team of amateur sailors who are talented enough to earn crew spots on some of the fastest boats on the planet.
Posted today at 11:48 am
Vendee Globe – Thomson smashes 24-hour distance record
Thomson was among a fleet of 29 mostly French solo sailors that set off from Les Sables d'Olonne. During the 24-hour period running up to the 0800 UTC position report he sailed his racing boat Hugo Boss at an average speed of 22.4 knots, or 25.7mph.
Posted today at 11:29 am
Vendee Globe - Amedeo leads quartet round Cape Horn
French skipper Fabrice Amedeo achieved one of his life goals early this morning by passing Cape Horn for the first time. French skipper Fabrice Amedeo achieved one of his life goals early this morning by passing Cape Horn for the first time. The 38-year-old Parisian journalist-turned-solo sailor rounded Cape Horn on the southernmost tip of South America on his IMOCA 60 Newrest Matmut at 0140 UTC to become the 11th Vendée Globe skipper in the Atlantic.
Posted today at 6:36 am
Clipper Race - Excitement builds at Crew Brief Day
There was plenty of excitement as hundreds of Clipper 2017-18 Race crew members came together for the first time There was plenty of excitement as hundreds of Clipper 2017-18 Race crew members came together for the first time at the Crew Briefing.
Posted today at 5:57 am
Vendee Globe - Not the end for Enda
Enda O'Coineen vowed to complete Vendée Globe by his yacht Team Ireland - Kilcullen Voyager back to Les Sables d'Olonne Irish skipper Enda O'Coineen has vowed to 'complete' the Vendée Globe by sailing his yacht Team Ireland - Kilcullen Voyager back to Les Sables d'Olonne.
Posted today at 4:54 am
Azzurra is in Florida ready to begin the 2017 season
Azzurra's 2017 season officially starts today with the first Practice Race in the 52 Super Series. Azzurra's 2017 season officially starts today with the first Practice Race in the 52 Super Series. Azzurra's team headed out from port very early this morning to make the best use of the last few available hours to pin down the final details of boat's fine tuning ahead of today's Practice Race.
Posted today at 4:27 am
Key West promises a flying start to 2017 52 Super Series
As 52 Super Series returns eleven-boat fleet looks set to enjoy sparkling curtain raiser to demanding six-regatta season As the 52 Super Series returns to Florida for the first time since 2014, the eleven-boat fleet looks set to enjoy a sparkling curtain raiser to a demanding six-regatta season.
Posted today at 3:19 am
30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race week opens tomorrow
30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week begins tomorrow with a weather forecast calling for winds of 15 to 20 knots The 30th anniversary Quantum Key West Race Week begins tomorrow with a weather forecast calling for winds of 15 to 20 knots with gusts possibly as high as 25 knots and air temperatures in the mid-70s - conditions welcomed by every sailor in this idyllic setting celebrating a milestone anniversary.
Posted today at 2:30 am
Vendee Globe - Thomson chops French margin to 85nm
British solo race, Alex Thomson continues to make gains on Vendee Globe Race leader, Armel Le Cleac'h. British solo racer, Alex Thomson continues to make gains on Vendee Globe Race leader, Armel Le Cleac'h. The two have around 1300nm of sailing to reach the finish at Les Sables. Sailing Hugo Boss, powered by Doyle Sails, Thomson has chopped Banque Populaire's VII's lead to 85nm at 2100UTC - a gain of about 15nm in 12 hours sailing. They are expected to finish on Thursday evening UTC.
Posted today at 2:07 am