Lacerta - Concordia yawl LOA: 39.83'
Class/Type: Concordia 39 yawl
Builder: Abeking & Rasmussen
Designer: Ray Hunt
Launch Date: 1956
Skipper: Mark Walter

LACERTA is hull #44 of 103 Concordia yawls built between 1938 and 1966. It is believed that all 103 of these boats are still in use or in refit for use. LACERTA has been owned by the Walter family since 2009. She participates in many Chesapeake Bay races and CTSA events, and has sailed as far North as Labrador. She resides in Annapolis.

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Summer Wind (Photo by George Bekris courtesy of LOA: 100' 9
Class/Type: Classic Staysail Schooner
Builder: C.A. Morse, Thomaston, Maine
Designer: John Gale Alden (NSHOF Hall of Famer)
Launch Date: 1929

A classic staysail schooner was given a new lease on life by means of a complete structural and mechanical refit in 2008. With luxurious accommodations for 13 in seven cabins, she was originally built in 1929 and christened as QUEEN TYI for a wealthy Wall Street banker who reportedly lost the vessel in the stock market crash that same year.

SUMMERWIND was donated to the Naval Academy Foundation in 2015. She was officially commissioned on October 28 at the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

During World War II, she has served as a sub hunter in the coastal Picket Patrol off the coast of New England.

Watch the video documentary of the Picket Patrol - "The Hooligan Navy" in the NSHOF Film Library .

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.

In the fall of 2016 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.

Click here to visit SUMMERWIND's Facebook page.

Video of Restoration:


Sultana - photo credit Michael Wooton LOA: 97' Length on Deck: 51' 3"
Class/Type: Topsail Schooner
Builder: John Swain Boatbuilders, LLC
Designer: Original design may be from Benjamin Hallowell, a renowned Boston Shipwright, in 1768
Launch Date: 2001
Skipper: Tanya Banks-Christiansen, Captain

SULTANA is a replica of a Boston-built Marblehead schooner, a merchant vessel that served from 1768 - 1772 as the smallest schooner ever to serve in the British Royal Navy. The original HMS SULTANA patrolled the American coast to prevent smuggling and collect duties.

Recreated in meticulous detail using British Admiralty documentation of the original SULTANA, she now serves as the "Schoolship of the Chesapeake," providing unique educational programs that engage more than 5,000 students each year.

SULTANA often visits NSHOF to assist in our educational programs, including our Learning Math & Science through Sailing programs.

SchoonerSchooling from Sultana Education Foundation on Vimeo .

Click here to visit the Sultana Projects website.


bullbeardoc-thmb LOA: 55' (28' LOD)
Class/Type: Sandbagger
Independence Seaport Museum Workshop
Designer: Tom Brady
Launch Date: 1995 & 1996
Various Volunteer Skippers

Sandbagger sloops were popular work boats in the 19th century which were also sailed for pleasure. A decendant of shoal-draft sloops used in oyster fishing the shallow waters of New York Bay, they ranged anywhere from 20 to 30 feet in in length, but had sail areas that were significantly disproprortionate to their size. They were the extreme sailboats of their day, with a sailplan that was twice as long as their hull length. Because they were so shallow, all sandbaggers have very large centerboards which can be raised and lowered.

bullbearmusic-thmb While working, crews of 10 or more men would use their catch as ballast, moving it from one side to the other when tacking. It has been said that the first boat to get their catch to market got the best price, so a race ensued daily. People at the dock started placing bets on which boat would get home first. This evolved into sport, and instead of bags filled with oysters they used bags of sand, thus the name, sandbaggers. Actually it is said they used gravel so that the bags would not retain too much water.

From the 1860s to the 1890s sandbagger racing was a very popular sport from New York down the Atlantic coast and up to New Orleans, and also on the West coast in San Francisco. The exciting challenges would have watermen and amateur sailors racing for crowds of betting spectators. With few rules, sandbagger racing was always exciting. Stories have been told of sandbagger crews throwing extra sandbags into the water in light air to gain a bit more speed, along with the occassional extra crewmember!

BULL and BEAR are modern reproductions of sandbaggers based on ANNIE , a sandbagger with a winning history launched in 1880 and raced in Georgia, Florida and Long Island Sound. Over 130 years later, ANNIE is still around, on display at Mystic Seaport Museum .

BULL and BEAR feature shorter spars with less sail area than the original in order to increase stability, so they can be comfortably used for a variety of community, group and educational sails by NSHOF. Watertight compartments and other features further increase their safety. While the hulls are wood fastened with bronze, the spars are made of carbon fiber wrapped in wood, which significantly reduces weight aloft while maintaining authenticity.

Click here to watch a short documentary about BULL and BEAR .


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