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September, 2016
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New Digitalization of Exhibits 
Photo by Evelyn Ansel
We are thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative at the museum. We recently received a generous grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Foundation to improve access to our collections through digital imaging. The project will begin with a thorough photographic documentation of the museum's collection of vessels to allow both real-time and virtual visitors to take a closer look than ever at the boats - and this is just the beginning. Soon, we hope to provide increased digital access to many objects not currently on display, including a significant portion of our collection of photographs and glass plates, original sails, posters, manuscripts, models, and ephemera relating to both the Herreshoff holdings and the America's Cup Hall of Fame. 

In addition to allowing greater access for the public, digitizing large quantities of the collection is vital to our long term preservation plan. Systematically photographing the objects will allow us to do routine conservation and re-housing. The subsequent publication of the images on our website will provide increased opportunities for research and institutional collaborations both virtual and real. We are excited to collaborate with maritime museums with related collections - such as the MIT Museum and the Mystic Seaport Museum - that are also working to increase digital access to their collections. Keep an eye on our website and social media over the next few months for further developments!
The 2016 Classic Yacht Regatta & Living Boat Show

The annual Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta was a huge success! Thank you to all of the competitors and spectators that participated in the weekend's events, and thanks also to Pete and Marshall Lawson and Marty Kelly for making it all happen on the water!

Friday evening's Boat Show and Prosecco Party was a hit with over 100 attendees and 10 of the most beautiful boats in the event on display at the docks.  If you missed it this year, make sure it's on your calendar for 2017.

After a morning of no wind on Saturday, the sea breeze finally filled in and we had a close and exciting finish off the Herreshoff docks. The day concluded with a fantastic prizegiving and dinner catered by McGrath Clambakes at which we honored four of our youth sailors as well as our Head Instructor, Jeff MacDonough.

Click here for Race Results and Click Here for photos courtesy of Bob Baglini.

Purchase your own beautiful glossy print of your favorite classic boat, Click Here
Fall Sailing 2016! 

It's September, and it's hard to believe school has started again. While we're sure you are not ready to think about fall yet, it is right around the corner, and it's the best time of the year for sailing on the Bay! The water is still warm and the weather is great. Sign up your kids now for fall after-school sailing Tuesday and Thursdays from 4:15 - 6:15pm now until October 15th. This fall, we're offering 5 weeks of sailing at the museum on classic Herreshoff 12½s as well as our other vessels in the Sailing School fleet!  Space is limited, so sign up soon for this fun after-school activity!

If you've seen the Herreshoff 12½s out sailing on the bay and you've always wanted to sail one, now you can! Though some say that it is one of the best kept secrets at the museum, adult sailors who are COLUMBIA-level members or higher are able to utilize the Seamanship Program Fleet through our Rental Program. For more information click here or contact Kirk Cusic at

Do you know someone looking for a job? We are currently seeking Sailing Instructors for the Fall Season. Contact Kirk for details at 401-396-5834. 
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2016 Inductees Announced: Bertarelli & Dunraven 

We are please to announce the 2016 inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame: Ernesto Bertarelli, two-time winner of the Cup in 2003 and 2007 and runner up in 2010; and the late 4th Earl of Dunraven, Cup challenger in 1893 and 1895. 

Ernesto Bertarelli (Switzerland) b. 1965
   As founder, owner, and crew member of the first Cup boats from Switzerland, all named Alinghi, Bertarelli won the America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003, and defended it successfully in Valencia, Spain in 2007. In 2010, at Valencia, in the first Cup match between two multihulls, Alinghi's winning streak came to end.
   Bertarelli sailed aboard his Cup yachts continuing the Cup tradition of owner-sailors that have included Harold Vanderbilt, T.O.M. Sopwith, and Ted Turner. Bertarelli competed in all the races in the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd America's Cup matches in several roles, including navigator, afterguard member, backstay trimmer, and, in 2010, as helmsman.   ( ...)

Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (Great Britain) (1841-1926)
   Lord Dunraven was an Oxford graduate, cavalry officer, war correspondent, adventurer, big game hunter, politician, racehorse owner and yachtsman. A fully qualified yacht captain and helmsman, he did much to encourage yacht racing and the advance of yacht design. He was also a prolific yacht owner with myriad small racing yachts, Big Class racers, cruisers, and power yachts.
   In 1893, Lord Dunraven challenged the Cup's holder, the New York Yacht Club. During the negotiations over the conditions of the match, Dunraven achieved the concession to drop one of the mandatory courses used in previous matches: the notorious Inside Course, riddled with shoals and strong currents that favored the defender. From that point on, only an ocean course, free from headlands and largely clear of shoals, was used for the races, leveling the playing field in one respect. (...)

Read the full Press Release & Bios: Click Here
Lecture: SS United States
Wednesday October 26th

Reserve your tickets today

Join us in welcoming Susan Gibbs, Executive Director, and David Macaulay, Advisory Council Member, of the SS United States Conservancy for a presentation on the historic ocean liner, widely known as "America's Flagship." 

The SS United States is the fastest passenger ship ever built and the largest ever made in the USA. The United States still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record and is one of the last remaining of the world's great 20th Century ocean liners. Since the vessel's launch over 60 years ago, she has served as an enduring iconic symbol of American innovation and engineering might. She is the only ship that bears the name of this great nation.

The program will feature two SS United States experts who will discuss the SS United States, the ship's unique design, and her designer's decades-long quest to create the "perfect ship." They will also explore the unique challenges and opportunities in telling the ship's story and conveying the ship's enduring meaning and relevance.

Launching TOMBOY

This summer, we launched TOMBOY to join our fleet of H12s in our Sailing School. She was beautifully restored by Dan Shea at this shop on the museum campus. Ben and Toby Baker, both of whom grew up sailing her, were on hand for the event. 

View the full collection of photographs from her restoration here, and t o see photos of the launch, Click Here
Volunteer Spotlight: Burr Sebring

Burr Sebring Burr's metalworking skill is that of a true artist, and his work on the 1/6th-scale model of RELIANCE is truly remarkable. 

We asked him a couple of questions to find how what he loves about being a part of The RELIANCE Project.

See more of his work at

Curator's Log: 

One of the most interesting aspects of the Museum's Hall of Boats is that one can view the bookends of Capt. Nat Herreshoff's career as a designer and boatbuilder. At the front are the 1860 20-foot catboat SPRITE, in which Nat (age 11) gained his first construction experience, and the 1887 29-ft.-6 in. wl. CLARA, Nat's second deep-hulled cruising yacht. In the very back is his (Nat age 87) last large yacht, the 1935 40-ft. wl. cruising yawl BELISARIUS, recently moved alongside the mezzanine deck and being refurbished to allow future visitor boarding.

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Museum Hours

September Hours: 10am-5pm every day of the week. 

Fall Hours: Closed on Mondays. 
Open Tuesdays-Sundays, 10-5. 
(Beginning October 1st)
Upcoming Events

September 6th - October 15th:  Fall Sailing

September 29th: Art Night, featuring HMM 

October 26th: 
Lecture: The SS United States by Susan Gibbs and David Macaulay.  Tickets

November 6th: 
Fall Family Open House, 10am-5pm, FREE All Day!

February 11th: The 6th Annual Frostbite Bash! More info coming soon.

The online store has recently been updated with a lot of new stock including cufflinks, bracelets, key fobs, and more! Check it out online or stop by the store the next time you are in town. 

Here at HMM, we can offer your employees a custom program designed to inspire innovative thinking that is tailored to your industry and your business challenges. Our Business Advisory Team is made up of a broad range of current and retired executives, each with a unique ability to relate the history and success of HMCo. and its founders to challenges and opportunities facing today's companies.

Need Innovation? Come spend some time with us. Contact us today. 

HMM featured at Bristol Warren Art Night: 9/29

Join us on September 29th as we partake in a speical boatworks themed  Art Night. We will be featuring art by local artist, Maddy Bragar. Discover more about Bristol Warren Art Night at their
Transient Dockage & Moorings at HMM.
New for this season, transient dockage and moorings are now scheduled through Click the logo above to find out more. Our waterfront is open for reservations until October 16th. 
Order your own Photo Prints from the 2016 Regatta!

You can now purchase prints of your favorite moments from this spectacular event. CLICK HERE to get your own beautiful glossy prints of your favorite classic boats. Proceeds of the print sales will support the Museum's operations and will help make the 2017 Regatta even more spectacular than 2016 was. 
Fan Artwork of Reliance
We love this artwork sent to us by Aaron, age 10. This drawing was sent to us this summer. Did you know that we do school field-trips to the Museum? Visiting HMM and The RELIANCE Model teaches students the fascinating history of HMCo., the influence of engineering and innovation, and the reputation of the America's Cup Race: the pinnacle of seamanship and athletes from around the world. Contact our Education Director for details at
The RELIANCE Project

Latest News:  "Moving On to New Projects"

As we complete RELIANCE, several of our team are moving on to their next Museum projects.
Shown here, we've been stripping WEE WINN, a lovely "half rater" from 1892. It is a bulb fin keel boat built for Englishwoman Miss Winifred Sutton. She raced WEE WINN in Cowes that year, winning 20 of 21 races.

Read more on the blog!

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