Moths to Invade Narragansett Bay

A Moth crashes the Newport to Bermuda Race, 2010. Photo by ## Billy Black##

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) of Newport, Rhode Island, has announced plans to have its students build the high-tech hydrofoil sailboats known as “Moths” as part of its new composites technology program. IRYS is best known for training students in the fine art of wooden-boat building and restoration, so the composites program marks a distinct broadening of the school’s curriculum.

“Students in all of our full-time programs learn their craft while working on real-life building and refit projects,” explained Susan Daly, Vice-President of Marketing at IYRS, as quoted on the website “The traditional, wooden Beetle Cats restored by students studying boatbuilding and restoration at IYRS fit that program perfectly. The composites program teaches a technology of the future, and we wanted a building project that would teach and test our students while also capturing their imaginations.”

The 11-foot Moth is a high-performance, singlehanded design built of modern lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber and high-density foam. It can reach speeds of over 27 knots, thanks to the ability of the hull to rise above the surface at planing speeds, virtually eliminating the wetted surface and increasing efficiency.

The Moths built by IYRS students will be acquired by the Sail Newport community sailing fleet and expand the horizons of its students.



Sailing clip staring Rohan Veal and his hydrofoil moth.