America’s Cup Lectures in April

As a buildup to the America’s Cup World Series coming to Newport, Rhode Island, this summer (2012), the International Yachting and Boat Restoration Society (IYRS) is hosting a series of lectures on this famed international event that called Newport home for over 50 years.

All lectures begin at 7:30 pm at IYRS Restoration Hall (449 Thames Street, Newport). Lectures are free for members of IYRS and the Museum of Yachting and $7 for non-members. Café Zelda (528 Thames Street, Newport) coordinates their dining with the series on lecture nights.

The last 2 parts in the series will be held on Tuesday, April 3 and Tuesday, April 17.

Here are details:

April 3: Remembrances of the 12-Meter Era of the America’s Cup in Newport

  • No one who knows more about racing 12-meters in the America’s Cup than Halsey Herreshoff. He has the rare distinction of being the first sailor over the line on a 12-meter in the America’s Cup, as well as the last. He achieved this as bowman on Columbia in 1958 and navigator in the 1983 afterguard. In his lecture, Herreshoff will regale lecture-goers with stories of the colorful era of Cup racing in Newport—a chapter in this famed event full of controversy, commotion and characters.

April 17: Wing Sails, Carbon Fiber and Multihulls: The New Technology of the Cup

  • Ben Hall, vice president of Hall Spars, will bring a wealth of knowledge about the Cup and wing sails to IYRS in April. He has built spars for America’s Cup racers, competed with wing sails aboard his own A-Class cat, and worked on wing sails for the current Cup contenders. In his lecture, he will talk about the technology and construction of these space-age racers, explain how they work, and prepare lecture-goers for the Cup excitement that will come to Newport this June.

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