Classic Sailboats • Documentary, History, Short Films, Sports, G
Filmed at the 2017 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD when owned by the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Foundation. Summerwind was donated to the foundation by James Grundy who purchased her from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
The Schooner Summer Wind was launched as the Queen Tyi in 1929 from the yard of C.A. Morse (now Lyman-Morse) of Thomaston, Maine. Designed by the John G. Alden Company of Boston, Massachusetts (design no. 412) considered by many to be one of the top design firms of this type of craft. She was built for Arthur Crisp, a Wall Street banker who lost the vessel in the Market Crash of 1929.
Renamed Sea Gypsy, she became a well known schooner yacht during the 1930s, racing and cruising the waters of New England.
During WWII, the War Department assigned the vessel to the U.S. Navy's Coastal Picket Patrol, a fleet of private yachts charged with patrolling the U.S. coastlines. For a history of classic sailing yachts that served, visit...
Following WWII Sea Gypsy had several private owners, several refits, and served mostly as a charter vessel in the Mediterranean.
In 2006, after a long period of deterioration, a new owner commissioned a major restoration and Summerwind returned to the classic yacht racing circuit.
Most recently, she became a sail training vessel, first donated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and then to the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Foundation.
Summerwind will once again be available for sale in the Fall of 2019. For information, visit...
For the full history of the schooner Summerwind, visit... classicsailboats.org/portfolio-view/john-g-alden-summerwind/
For a listing and history of classic sailing yachts that served in the WWII Picket Patrol "Corsair Fleet" (aka "Hooligan's Navy") visti...
Classicsailboats.org maintains the world's largest online registry of class sailing yachts.
Up Next in Classic Sailboats
Errol Flynn: Crucero en el Zaca (Crui...
A short film by Errol Flynn.
Flynn purchased the Zaca after WWII and restored her as his private party yacht. Flynn directed and narrated this documentary filmed along the east coast of Mexico in 1952. His father was marine scientist and is along on this voyage to do some ocean research. Prior ...
In the Wake of the Zaca
A film by Luther Greene
TheSailingChannel.TV is proud to bring you "In the Wake of the Zaca," the remarkable adventures of a California schooner. This award-winning documentary captures a lost age of adventure, romance, and Hollywood glamour told through the history of a 75 year-old, 118 foot gaf...