11 November 2009

Coast Guard has the Eagle........Welcome Summerwind to Kings Point

I've quoted Captain Prosser's words below before- but today we can begin to put action to some of his ideas. We just received word that the Sailing Foundation has been donated the 100' 1929 John Alden designed schooner Summerwind. Summerwind's owner had her completely rebuilt in a $8 million refit that finished in February. She is an absolutely beautiful vessel who will travel the East Coast as the Academy's flagship and ambassador. We thank Mr. and Mrs. J. Don Williamson for their gracious donation, and look forward to welcoming to her new home at Kings Point.


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A. Mozingo said...

About all you can say is WOW!

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What a GREAT choce for a donation and a location. Go KP!

Mike Blecher, '78 said...

Fantastic! Well Done! (I do hope she came with a good supply of varnish...)

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I grew up in Kings Point, and spent many a happy sail in my little 18 sloop, always passing by the KP Academy. They had two very large, and old Tall Ships at the dock in those days. I'm glad to see the Summerwind there now.

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