2011-10-27 / News

IYRS to hold series of lectures in November

Beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 1, IYRS Restoration Hall will become a place of green education when the school and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association launch a series of evening lectures entitled, “Environmental Issues Facing Sailors and the Marine World.”

Leading experts at the frontlines of ocean environmental protection efforts will travel to the school to talk about the actions their organizations have taken to help keep the waters clean – from creating approaches to running regattas in an eco-friendly way, to removing marine debris. Daniela T.H. Abbott of Sparkman & Stephens will also talk about green approaches to designing and building today’s boats.

“Those who attend these lectures will come away with a valuable education,” said Jay Picotte, curator of the Museum of Yachting and an organizer of the series. “They will gain an understanding of the good work being done, and how each and every one of us can help.”

Two events in the series will be held in November. The first will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Dan Pingaro, CEO of Sailors for the Sea, will come to IYRS to talk about how the nonprofit organization is helping the boating community protect the world’s oceans and local waters – an effort that also includes a partnership with organizers of the 34th America’s Cup.

Sailors for the Sea will implement their “Clean Regattas” program at the World Series, Challenger Series, and the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. This regatta certification provides independent third-party verification that a yacht club, sailing program or regatta is environmentally responsible and doing its utmost to protect the waters people sail on.

A second event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Rachael Miller comes to IYRS to talk about The Rozalia Project, a unique effort focused on cleaning the oceans and picking up plastics and non-biodegradable marine debris – one piece at a time. As executive director of the project, Miller will talk about the problem of marine debris in an interactive audience challenge to ask what sailors can do about the problem.

She also brings the story of the organization’s mothership, the 60-foot sailing research vessel American Promise, and the work done onboard collecting debris using a VideoRay ROV (remotely operated vehicle). Actual footage of debris on the bottom of the ocean will provide an alarming wake-up call for those in attendance.

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