Classic Yacht Regatta
August 23-24, 2018
This year's edition of the Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta was another resounding success! A new feeder race from Newport to Bristol on Thursday afternoon was followed by a terrific reception on the museum's waterfront. Thanks to Gowrie Group and Pure Insurance for supporting the day's activities and providing prizes for the race!
Friday started out calm, but a nice southerly filled in at 12:30, and the fleet was off soonafter on a fun 9.8 nautical mile course around the upper part of Narragansett Bay. Racing was followed by cocktails and an old-fashioned Rhode Island Clambake. Thanks to Panerai for their support of our event!
Photos from the race are be available for purchase here:
Glossy Color Prints
Digital High-Res Images
to see the results on Yachtscoring.
2018 America's Cup Hall of Fame Induction at the Royal Yacht Squadron
On the evening of August 31st, over 200 attendees gathered for a spectacular evening celebrating the induction of four extraordinary gentlemen into the America's Cup Hall of Fame.
Emceed for the 12th time by Hall of Fame inductee Gary Jobson, the evening featured videos highlighting the accomplishments of each inductee as well as introductions by the skippers of the four teams entered in the 36th America's Cup, Sir Ben Ainslie, Peter Burling, Terry Hutchinson and Max Sirena.
The Class of 2018 inductees are Syd Fischer (AUS), Ken McAlpine (AUS), John Marshall (USA) and Doug Peterson (USA). Doug Peterson tragically passed away last year, and one of the evening's highlights was the acceptance speech given by Doug Peterson's daughters on behalf of their late father.
View pictures from the induction here.
October 25th, 2018:
Kaci Cronkhite presents "Finding PAX: Solving History's Mysteries for the Love of a Wooden Boat"
is a story of discovery and reconnection like no other. Having fallen hopelessly in love with a 1930s Danish spidsgatter, a beautifully constructed
28ft wooden double-
ender, circumnavigator Kaci Cronkhite embarked on an international search to unravel the mystery of the boat's past, and discovered the many lives Pax touched since she first hit the water in 1936.
October 25th, 2018
Reception begins at 6pm /
Presentation begins at 7pm
Members: $10 /
or by calling 401-253-5000.
- Lighter, Stronger, Faster:
The Herreshoff Legacy -
Exhibit at MIT Museum
, The MIT Museum will presen
Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff
, an exhibition that celebrates
Captain Nat - one of MIT's first students - and the Herreshoff
Manufacturing Company. The exhibition will include exceptional models, art works, and historical documents associated with HMCo.'s breakthrough designs, together with a unique digital interactive. A number of artifacts and historic photos are on loan from the HMM collection for the exhibit.
The exhibition is timed to coincide with the digital publication of the MIT Museum's entire Haffenreffer-Herreshoff collection, which consists of some 14,000 paper plans and 5,000 related artifacts including offset booklets, correspondence and corporate archives. The collection will be freely available for browsing online at high resolution and in color, granting unprecedented access to the HMCo. design archive.
"MIT has been producing leaders in technology and innovation for more than 150 years, and it's wonderful for us to be able to bring to the public at last a fitting tribute to the life-work of one of our earliest and greatest innovators." said John Durant, The Mark R. Epstein (Class of 1963) Director of the MIT Museum. The exhibition is scheduled to run until 2020.
An Ocean Classroom
There is an exciting new program that is happening at the museum this fall. Sail Bristol Warren started at the museum on September 10th. Through the museum's partnership with the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, Roger Williams University and the Bristol Warren School district every fourth grade student will participate in science and sailing at the museum during the six-week program this fall and again for six weeks in the spring. The fourth grade students and their teachers are using our classroom at the museum to learn about the science that is all around us in the harbor and the bay. They are also learning to sail on the museum's Herreshoff 12 1/2s as well as our Seasprite 23s with our team of instructors.
Sailing Through Summer and Into the Fall!
As the days cool and the sunlight wains, the Herreshoff School of Seamanship moves from the the rapid pace of summer camp to the the individual school programs, and begins gearing up for our annual boat building courses for high school students. This summer the museum hosted our best summer camp yet, with over 375 participants during the nine weeks of camp. They sailed daily on 10 keel boats with our dedicated staff of twelve sailing instructors lead by our head instructor Annie Kelly. Summer camp utilized our growing fleet of keel boats including our classic Herreshoff 12 1/2s. In addition our Instructor in Training program was a big success this year with twelve young people participating, all of them hopeful that one day they will be able to be a Herreshoff instructor!
Summer Boatbuilding @ HMM
This summer, The Herreshoff Marine Museum and The Rhode Island Marine Trade Association were again able to host a six-week boat building program for high school students in the museum's boat shop on Burnside St. The class was once again led by master boat builder Dan Shea, who coordinated the successful construction of a 18' Herreshoff Dory over the six weeks. The Dory was designed in 1917 by A. Sidney DeWolf for use on HMCo #323, a 112' Navy Steam Patrol Boat.
The class was funded through Real Jobs RI, and, during the six weeks, the students developed skills in reading construction plans, lofting, joinery, and planking, as well as hand- and power- tool skills. In addition, students met with members of the marine trade community to hear first hand what it is like to work in the industry and about the skills employers are looking for in 21st century employees.
The boat building continues this fall as the museum hosts students from Mt. Hope High School in two different boat building programs in the boat shop during the afternoon. These programs provide opportunities for up to 20 students to learn first hand about the exciting world of composites and traditional boat building, as well as learn about the opportunities in the industry here in Little Rhody!
One hundred and twenty years ago on 15 February 1898 the battleship MAINE blew up in Havana harbor. At the museum we know the story well because we have been relating to years of visitors how the US Navy's first sea-going torpedo boat, the Herreshoff designed and built, USS CUSHING (TB-1) raced from Havana to Key West, Florida to cable the news to authorities in Washington DC. A stirring story; crossing the one hundred miles of the Florida Strait at better than 22 knots to deliver the message of destruction and heavy loss of life- electrifying the nation to declare war on Spain. Trouble is the story is not true- it did not happen that way- on the night in question CUSHING was safely and quietly moored in Key West.
Tues. - Sunday: 10am-5pm
LECTURE: Alison O'Leary, "So Close to Home" on the story of the German U-boats
Fall/Winter Hours begin. Museum closed on
Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy, opens at MIT Museum.
LECTURE: Kaci Cronkhite, "Women of the Wind"
Scavenger Haunt at HMM
LECTURE: Doug Park, "Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon"
This summer, our waterfront was repaved and our fence updated thanks to a generous grant from
The Champlin Foundation.
October 28th, 2018
Celebrate Halloween at Herreshoff this year with the first annual
Children young and old are encouraged to wear costumes and explore the Museum, visit our special activity tables, and create and craft.
Admission is free ALL DAY. Kids activities are scheduled between 12pm-3pm.
It's been a year of change in th
e Museum Store and we hope you've had a chance to visit us to see some of our new items.
Colorful sportswear, unique glassware, and a variety of both fun and functional accessories have brightened the store and presented wonderful new option.
Now we're launching a new online store, so that those of you who can't get to Bristol can still check out the new merchandise! Click Here to view the new website.
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