Museum of Yachting, Sail Newport to Create New Sailing Facility
May 30, 2012
The Museum of Yachting and Sail Newport are partnering to create a new type of public sailing facility in Newport, Rhode Island—one that marries maritime history, heritage and on-water activity, according a press release from the organizations involved. Both groups will share space under a single roof, in the building that has been home to the museum at Fort Adams State Park.
The museum will continue to educate the public about maritime history and tradition by hosting exhibitions and events; Sail Newport will continue to create affordable sailing opportunities for the public and draw world-class regattas to Newport. But now both organizations will share facilities and draw from each other’s strengths to create a new kind of center for the community where young school children, students, competitive sailors, residents and visitors can all learn and participate.
“There has been a sea change in how museums today need to operate and stay relevant—and that sea change is a move toward offering more participatory opportunities, as opposed to only traditional exhibits and static displays,” said Terry Nathan, president of the museum and IYRS. “Partnering with Sail Newport is a perfect way to tell the story of yachting and give people of all ages a chance to experience that very activity.”
The museum building is seasonal, open from May to October. Sail Newport will maintain its current base in the state park, but additional space in the museum building and basin gives Sail Newport room to enrich what it can offer to the community.
For more information about Sail Newport, visit www.sailnewport.org.