When General (Then colonel) George S. Patton commissioned one of America’s greatest designers to build him a boat in 1939, he had the ultimate ambition in mind:
“When the war is over, and If I live through it, Bea and I are going to sail her around the world.”
The designer, John Alden, had made his name as a builder of elite racing schooners that retained all their beauty and style while constantly winning the premier ocean races of the time. When and If was a new idea: a yacht which would maintain all her classic beauty and hold her own in recreational racing whilst being sturdy, comfortable, safe and luxurious enough to take a family on the voyage of a lifetime.
Long after the General’s untimely death in 1945, When and If sails on. Immaculately and lovingly restored at 76 years old this gorgeous sailing machine stands as a monument to the private ambition of a great war hero and the ingenuity of a great designer – But she is still waiting to realise the dream for which she was conceived.