Fall Lectures Explore Boatbuilding Methods

Beginning in early November, the International Yacht Restoration School (IRYS) will host a 4-part lecture series that will explore the boatbuilding methods of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Leading figures in the marine industry will travel to IYRS this fall to talk about boatbuilding projects that span a vast range of technology: from the cutting-edge methods used to create speed on the water in the America’s Cup, to the wooden boatbuilding methods used to restore a majestic 60-year-old, plank-on-frame yacht to her original glory. The methods discussed in these four presentations mirror the range of technology taught at IYRS. At the school’s Newport campus, students are restoring smaller historic watercraft; at IYRS’ Bristol campus, students are being taught composite-building methods in the school’s new Composites Technology program.

The 4 lectures in the series include:

November 2  • Steve Clark

Wing Sails and the Future of Sailing

When BMW Oracle recently won the America’s Cup sailing a wing sail trimaran, the buzz began about the future of sailing technology. Steve Clark—a boatbuilder, designer and expert on composites and wing sails—will talk about what sailors around the world have been discussing: how wing sails will play a role in the next America’s Cup, and in the future of sailing.

November 16 • Steve White

Bequia: The Construction of a 90’ Cruising Ketch

Boatbuilder Steve White of Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine will talk about the process of building the 90’ custom yacht Bequia—from the design phase, to the modern wood/epoxy cold-molded construction phase, to the launch of this remarkable yacht.

November 30 • John England

The Restoration of Bolero

John England, project manager of Rockport Marine in Maine, will talk about the restoration of the famous yawl Bolero. This S&S-designed yacht is well known for both her beauty and her impressive racing record. Bolero went to Rockport Marine with some broken frames, but the yacht’s restoration turned out to be larger in scope than anyone expected. John will talk about the techniques used in restoring this 60-year-old, plank-on-frame yacht.

December 7 • Don Watson

Racing Thoroughbreds of the Future

Rhode Island’s New England Boatworks (NEB) is well known for building some of the most successful modern racing boats using the latest techniques in advanced composite construction and materials such as Kevlar, carbon fiber and Nomex. Don Watson, head of composite boatbuilding at NEB, will discuss the challenges and advantages of building racing thoroughbreds of the future, including Volvo 70s, the IRC 75’ Titan, the Reichel/Pugh 69 Bella Mente and the Mills 68 Alegre.

All lectures will be held at IYRS Restoration Hall at 449 Thames Street at 7:30 pm. Lectures are free to members of IYRS and the Museum of Yachting, $7 for nonmembers. Café Zelda, located on Thames Street within walking distance to the school, offers a special IYRS menu on lecture nights from 6:00 to 7:15 pm. Reservations are recommended (401-849-4002).

For more information: on IYRS and the Fall Lecture Series

International Yacht Restoration School

401-848-5777, ext. 222

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