Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Carbon, Carbon Everywhere


GMT Composites produces state-of-the-art carbon fiber products like masts and booms, as well as super top-secret government stuff. Lately, though, it seems we're partners -- their two signature sailing stories focus on local boat Royal Blue and Summerwind. Royal Blue, Ron Drucker's Hylas 70, shed 50% of its rig weight with carbon spars and sails. Summerwind, a restored 1929 Alden 100' schooner, used carbon booms built to look just like her wooden (spruce) masts. Her Doyle sails were custom-dyed Egyptian Cream Dacon to preserve the traditional look. Want to see Summerwind? You'll have to go to the Newport Bucket Regatta this week, like most of our office has -- Peter and Barr are racing P2, and Scott and Brian are introducing Summerwind to a racecourse for the first time. Check out photos and the stores of these stellar boats here.

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