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Monday, March 06, 2006

Classic Yacht Symposium

From March 31- April 2 the New England Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island will hostthe 2006 Classic Yacht Symposium. The keynote speaker, Olin J. Stephens II, designed over 2,000 boats during a career begun in 1927, including America’s Cup winners J-Class RANGER (1937, co-designed with W. Starling Burgess ), and the 12 Meters COLUMBIA, CONSTELLATION, FREEDOM, INTREPID and COURAGEOUS (Sparkman and Stephens. Saturday’s day-long program will include seven presentations by noted boat restorers; question and answer sessions will follow each presentation. A boatbuilding schools panel discussion featuring representative from five boatbuilding schools and book signings are included in the day’s schedule of events.

Other presentations include the restorations of ALERA, a Herreshoff NY 30 transformed from a ‘basket case’ not sailed in 28 years to a participant in the 2005 class centenary; CANGARDA, the last of the American-built Edwardian era steam yachts, restored maintaining her original details and materials while meeting the demands of a modern cruiser; the PEGGY BAWN, a fully restored 1894 George L. Watson small fast cruiser sailing as designed and taking the Med by storm; and the 1925 Motor Launch CORSAIR, whose shape and structure were restored after years of service and ‘intemperate repairs’.

The Symposium includes a full day of presentations Saturday April 1; a dinner Saturday evening highlighted by speaker Gary Jobson, noted yachtsman and commentator; cocktail reception at the Herreshoff Marine Museum Friday evening; and Sunday events featuring the newly-restored 1887 NGH Cat Yawl CLARA and including a Curator’s tour of the NGH Model Room.

To register for the 2006 Classic Yacht Symposium™, visit the Museum’s website,, or contact Teri Souto at the Museum, 401-253-5000 . Late registration fees apply after March 15.

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