Fall lectures at IYRS explore boatbuilding methods
Beginning in early November, the International Yacht Restoration School will host a four-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, and at IYRS’ Bristol campus, students are being taught composite-building methods in the school’s new Composites Technology program.
The four lectures in the series include:
Nov. 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 boat builder, 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.
Nov. 16, Steve White, “Bequia: The Construction of a 90’ Cruising Ketch”
Boat builder Steve White of Brooklin Boat Yard in Maine will talk about the process of building the 90-foot custom yacht Bequia from the design phase, to the modern wood/epoxy cold-molded construction phase, to the launch of this remarkable yacht.
Nov. 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&Sdesigned 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. England will talk about the techniques used in restoring this 60- year-old, plank-on-frame yacht.
All lectures will be held at IYRS Restoration Hall at 449 Thames St. at 7:30 p.m. Lectures are free to members of IYRS and the Museum of Yachting, and $7 for nonmembers. Café Zelda, located on Thames Street within walking distance of the school, offers a special IYRS menu on lecture nights from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Reservations are recommended at 849-4002.
For more information on IYRS and the Fall Lecture Series, visit www.iyrs.org or call 848-5777, ext. 222.