This beautiful 1968 Columbia 50 belongs to Jim Grundy, a long-time GMT customer who has built a number of rigs with us. Mr. Grundy is a yachtsman. He has owned everything from a custom Tripp 75’, to the 1929 100’Alden Schooner Summerwind.
Jim’s father purchased Grundoon new in 1968, and between them, they have a dozen attempts at winning the N2B. In 2014, Jim went so far as to have a custom Carkeet 47’ race boat built. In spite of turning to the biggest names in the business, he had never found the right combination, until this year,when he decided to go back to the basics.
Jim chose to enlist family and friends to race with, including GMT’s lead engineer David Schwartz, and set about updating Grundoon. First on the list was a new carbon rig from GMT and a new set of Elvstrom sails from Chesapeake Sailmakers. Despite having the means, and access to the industry“rock stars,” Jim chose to work with smaller companies who he felt would give Grundoon the attention she deserved.
The results speak for themselves. Grundoon won first in class 4, The Saint David’s Lighthouse Trophy for best corrected time overall out of 85 boats, the William L. Glenn Family Participation Trophy for the best performance for a boat with at least 4 family members on board, and the Dorade Trophy for best finish of a boat more than 25 yrs old!
Jim raced with family and friends in pursuit of a multi-generational quest, and in the end, he proved success is sweetest when you go with your gut, and get to enjoy it with those close to you.
The key ingredients were with him all the while. GMT Composites.