Originally built in 1929 by the C.A. Morse yard in Maine (now Lyman-Morse), Summerwind re-launched earlier this year with her new carbon fiber masts built by GMT Composites. In keeping with her classic heritage, Summerwind's new owner selected GMT's exquisite hand painted "faux bois" finish.
Summerwind is an Alden designed two masted schooner that has done it all from serving in WWII, chartering in the Med, to winning the 2009 Newport classic Bucket Regatta. She underwent an extensive restoration at the hands of Moores Marine in Palm Beach, FL in 2008. At that time GMT Composites built two park avenue style Pocket Booms, which were hand painted to match Summerwind's Sitka spruce masts.
Late in 2012, Summerwind came into new ownership. One of the first orders of business for the new owner was to assess the rig. GMT Composites was brought in for technical consultation. The project was green-lighted, and when the dust settled, GMT had cut the rig weight by over 50%. Both masts were hand painted to now match the GMT Pocket booms already on the vessel.
The new owner is thrilled with the results. The captain of Summerwind, Kurt Sova, reports that, "the new masts rigged up beautifully, and the faux bios finish fits right in with the rest of the boat". Summerwind has already seen a busy 2013 schedule following her late spring launch as a support vessel at the NY Yacht Club's 159th annual race, then as a participant in the Marblehead to Halifax race. It's great to see an 84 year old classic beauty plying the waters in better than new condition.