2009-06-04 / About Town

Yacht school graduates showcase works

At most graduation ceremonies, students take diplomas in hand. At the International Yacht Restoration School, they pick up tillers and go sailing.

On Saturday, June 6, IYRS students will mark their graduation from the school's two full-time programs by showcasing their work and launching the boats they spent the past year restoring. After the launching, students have their first opportunity to sea-trial their boats and test their workmanship on the water.

Graduation ceremonies for students from the two-year Boatbuilding and Restoration program and the one-year Marine Systems program begin at the IYRS Newport campus at 10:30 a.m. inside Restoration Hall. The launching immediately follows at the IYRS docks. The public is welcome to the ceremony and the launching.

Boats launched this year include: a fleet of 12-foot Beetle Cats, an iconic New England catboat design that dates to 1921; the 35-foot motor launch Corsair, originally launched in 1939 for yachtsman and financier J.P. Morgan; a Herreshoff 12 ½ designed by the "Wizard of Bristol," Nathanael Herreshoff; and a 15-foot replica of a 19th-century Whitehall rowing boat.

The International Yacht Restoration School is located at 449 Thames St. in Newport. For more information, visit www.iyrs.org.

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