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80 year old Frostbite Dinghy joins the Herreshoff Fleet of Classic Boats

Bristol, RI - The Herreshoff Marine Museum is pleased to announce the newest addition to its collection of classic boats.

It is the Herreshoff Class “B” one-design Frostbite dinghy ANKLE DEEP, built in 1934 by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company of Bristol, RI for Charles Glenn Moody of Boston. ANKLE DEEP is in nearly original condition. The dinghy has been in the Moody family since it was new, and was donated in early 2014 by Mr. Moody’s children in memory of their father. The donation includes the original purchase contract and invoice, cotton sails, canvas, and scrapbooks full of sailing correspondence.

In 1934, The Rudder magazine sponsored a design competition for a new one-design frostbite dinghy to meet the North American Dinghy Association rules for Class “B”, and the design of Nicholas S. Potter of the design firm of Potter & Strawbridge was selected. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. built the first fleet of 20-odd boats for use at Larchmont, NY and Marblehead, MA. Both Strawbridge and Potter had worked in the design office of the Herreshoff Co. under its chief designer, Sidney Herreshoff.

The dinghy will go on display on Saturday, February 8th at the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s 2nd Annual Frostbiter’s Bash, a winter party supporting the Museum’s programs Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets for the Bash can be purchased on-line at www.frostbitersbash.com, or for more information call Maggie Church at 401-253-5000.

The Herreshoff Museum’s General Ambrose Burnside Building

A signal project for 2014 is restoration of the Herreshoff Marine Museum General Ambrose Burnside Building on our campus. This will be accomplished through a $1.5 million Federal grant achieved through the good offices of Rhode Island Senators and Representatives. Additionally, the Museum must raise through donation and matching funds $100,000 to cover architecture and supervision necessary for this noble accomplishment to succeed.

This Museum is outstanding in its stewardship and presentation of yacht and small ship design and construction. Additionally, along with other Bristol institutions, the HMM focuses upon notable Bristol industries and their historic structures. Of particular significance are those on Burnside Street where the Herreshoffs produced our nation’s first naval torpedo boats, yachts which successfully defended the America’s Cup eight consecutive times, and many of the world’s finest yachts for competition and pleasure.

So, Of the Museum’s eclectic story, a vital element is its possession of and care for the vital historic structures which housed construction shops of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company during the “Golden Age of Yachting.” Most historically significant is the 1845 building where Ambrose Burnside’s rifle factory once produced state-of-the-art weaponry. Ambrose, himself, was a classic contributor to 19th century American success as Innovator, entrepreneur, Governor, U.S. Senator, and for a considerable period President Abraham Lincoln’s leading General of the Civil War. An additional quaint fact is that the familiar hirsute term “sideburns” derives from reversal of the General’s name “Burnside.”

The Herreshoff Marine Museum is anxious and proud to embark upon this signal project to return the fabric and appearance of an iconic building and surroundings to classic grandeur. This will be accomplished through the evolving generosity of members and friends sharing an admirable goal of honoring history. 

For more information or to donate contact Elisabeth Lavers at e.lavers@herreshoff.org or at 401-253-5000 ext. 20. 

Rhode Island Premiere of new film FROSTBITERS at Herreshoff Marine Museum

Bristol, RI – On Saturday, February 8th the new documentary film FROSTBITERS produced by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Thurston Smith will have its Rhode Island debut at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.
It’s all about extreme winter sailing!  This 30-minute program contains hundreds of video clips, film footage and photographs of some of the nastiest, stormiest and freezing coldest sailing you will ever see. It includes interviews with some of America’s top sailors, including many from Narragansett Bay who participate in this unique winter sport.
See the attached trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiJypz7wFmk
It’s a wild ride of extreme sailing and racing, and the people who do it.
The premiere will take place as part of the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s 2nd Annual Frostbiter’s Bash, a winter party supporting the Museum’s programs.  Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets for the Bash can be purchased on-line at www.frostbitersbash.com, or for more information call Maggie Church at 401 253 5000.

Herreshoff Marine Museum Free Day!
Come to the Herreshoff Marine Museum on November 16th for fun, snacks and much more—for free!


Herreshoff Marine Museum has been awarded a $5000 grant from “Collectors Foundation”

The money will be used to support the Museum’s after school mentorship program. This program has the dual purpose of teaching young students the skills needed to maintain classic wooden sailboats while at the same time helps to maintain the classic boats we use in our summer sailing program. Classes will be taught by a professional shipwright and supported by a cadre of experienced volunteers.

"Collectors Foundation” is an educational grant-making organization founded by Hagerty Insurance and funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth development and long term interests of the collector vehicle and boat communities. More information can be found on the website:   www.collectorsfoundation.org

Register for the Fall Celebration - Cocktails and Dinner

Friday October 18th, 2013 - 7pm

Enjoy intimate dining hosted at a selection of gracious homes located in Bristol & Newport. 
Socialize with friends old and new and learn of future plans for 2013 and beyond.

Party Size: 8-10

Ticket price: $100 per person
(tax-deductible donation to HMM)

RSVP by October 10th.  Register online or call Elisabeth Lavers: 401.253.5000

Save the date!
The 2014 Classic Yacht Symposium will be held May 2-4, 2014 at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol RI.
Click here to view the Call for Papers/Save the Date PDF 

*Date for abstract submission has been extended through July 8, 2013. This is your chance to participate in this seminal event.


America’s Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2013:
Jewett, Robins and Simmer
San Francisco, CA/Bristol, RI – 8 May 2013.  The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame today announced the identity of the next three inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame.  All three began their America’s Cup associations within teams in the 12-Metre era, two of them subsequently became instrumental in America’s Cup event organization, two of them are still heavily involved today, and two of them have been Cup sailors as well as managers.

Established in 1992 the America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates and recognizes the achievements of individuals within the sport of sailing and in particular the America’s Cup competition.  On a regular basis several personalities are identified by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee to be inducted.  2013 sees three more individuals chosen to join the ranks of those already inducted.

The first person to be inducted this year is an American woman.  Lucy Jewett, who has been active in the America’s Cup almost continuously since 1974, becomes only the second woman to enter the Hall of Fame.  The next of the three 2013 inductions is made posthumously to Australian Noel Robins, who was active over the period spanning 1977 through 1987 initially as a sailor and lastly as an organizer; the final inductee is fellow Australian Grant Simmer, who has won the America’s Cup three times over 30 years.

Along with her late husband, George F. “Fritz” Jewett, who is already a member of the Hall of Fame, Lucy has been a key figure within several America’s Cup defender and challenger syndicates.
In 1974, she began her association with the Cup when the Jewetts became the owners of the 12-Metre yacht Intrepid.  Known as “The People’s Boat” through the many small contributions supporting its campaign, Intrepid came within one race of becoming the Defender.  It was only a broken running backstay in the final race of the defender trials against Courageous that ended the campaign.
The Jewetts then backed the winning Dennis Conner-skippered Freedom 12-Metre syndicate in 1980, as well as Conner’s subsequent campaigns in 1983, 1987 and 1988.  Throughout these efforts Lucy was the quiet leader among members of the crew, their families, the team principals, sponsors and supporters.  She returned to the fray again in 2000 with Paul Cayard’s and St Francis Yacht Club’s AmericaOne Challenge.
Currently, she serves on the board of the San Francisco America’s Cup Organizing Committee, the organization responsible for raising the funds to support San Francisco’s hosting of the 34th America’s Cup season.
Her long involvement and her passion for the event and its people have made her an iconic figure in the America’s Cup world where she is incredibly well respected as both an advisor and mentor.
NOEL ROBINS, OAM (AUS) (b 1935 – d 2003)

Robins skippered the 12 Metre Australia in the 1977 America’s Cup Match which was sailed against Ted Turner’s Courageous.  In 1980 he returned with Alan Bond’s challenging team as a coach.

Seven years later, following Bond’s successful 1983 Australia II challenge, when the Royal Perth Yacht Club needed to organize the first ever America’s Cup season outside of the United States, Robins as Executive Director applied masterful management to the project which resulted in the magnificent organization of the 26th America’s Cup in Fremantle, Australia.  That event in 1986-87 is widely credited to this day as probably the greatest season of America’s Cup sport ever.
Robins’ own lifetime sailing achievements at the very highest level were made even more remarkable by the fact that he had to overcome the handicap of becoming a walking quadriplegic following a car accident at the age of just 21.
“Stumbles”, as he was universally known among his fellow sailors, won five Australian National titles in addition to 13 State titles across a variety of classes.  It was his success in the Soling class that drew him to the attention of Alan Bond who made him skipper of Australia.
Robins took the skipper’s role extremely seriously.  Recognizing gaps in the talent pool in Australia necessary to be competitive he selected an American match racing expert, Andy Rose, to be his tactician for the latter stages of the Challenger Selection Series.  Racing against France I, Gretel II and Sverige and eventually beating them, Australia, under Robins’ leadership, became the Challenger for the Match.  But Ted Turner’s Courageous was better prepared and battle ready and defeated the Australians.
When the impossible dream of beating the Defender in a Match became reality for the first time in 1983 Robins, starting with a completely clean sheet, totally restructured the harbor facilities in Fremantle, arranging the various sites for the bases for the 13 challengers and four defense syndicates.  He also incorporated the shore-side event facilities, including the Louis Vuitton International Media Centre, for what proved to be the biggest and one of the best America’s Cup events to date.
Noel’s post America’s Cup sailing career included a win in both the Admiral’s Cup and the Two Ton Cup in 1981.  He was instrumental in the establishment of the Sailability Program for disabled sailors at the Royal Perth YC, and a commissioner of the Swan River Trust.  In 2000 he collected a gold medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, an achievement that also secured him the Medal of the Order of Australia.  His life ended prematurely in 2003 in a second motor vehicle accident.
GRANT SIMMER (AUS) (b. 1957)
Simmer has won the America’s Cup three times in a career that spans four decades.  In 1983 Simmer was the young, 26-year-old navigator on board the historic challenger Australia II, the boat that achieved the impossible dream and broke the New York Yacht Club’s 132-year long grip on the America’s Cup.
Since that famous victory Simmer could fairly be accused of having made a career of the America’s Cup as he has been involved in a variety of roles across no fewer than nine subsequent campaigns.

A co-owner of North Sails Australia for 17 years Simmer finally gave up managing the sailmaking business in 2000 to become Design Coordinator for the Swiss America’s Cup Challenger Alinghi.  The ensuing match in 2003 against Team New Zealand saw him collect his second Louis Vuitton Cup win and his second America’s Cup winner’s medal before moving up to assume the position of Alinghi Co-Managing Director and Design Team Coordinator, and winning his third Cup in 2007.

Not to be put off by his team’s defeat in 2010 against BMW ORACLE Racing’s wing-masted monster trimaran, Simmer, one of the most highly regarded, competitive and sought after personalities in the Cup’s long history moved in 2012 to take up responsibilities as General Manager of ORACLE Team USA, a role that now gives him day-to-day operational responsibility for the America’s Cup defense later this year in San Francisco.
The America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, jointly organized by the Herreshoff Marine Museum and Louis Vuitton, will take place in San Francisco on the evening of Monday, 5th August at the de Young Museum in San Francisco during the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Selection Series.
The America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding sailors, leaders and innovators by inducting them into the Hall of Fame at extraordinary ceremonies held in exciting venues around the world. These ceremonies are truly notable events, drawing the best and brightest of the sport to honour individuals who have made outstanding contributions to yachting’s most distinguished competition.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, is a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America's Cup.  The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878-1945) was most notable for producing fast sailing yachts, including eight America's Cup defenders, and steam-powered vessels.  The museum, situated near Narragansett Bay on the grounds where the manufacturing company once stood, has a collection of over sixty boats including Nathanael Greene Herreshoff's Clara, built in 1887, Harold Vanderbilt's Trivia, and the 1992 ACC yacht, Defiant.

According to The Art Newspaper the de Young Museum is one of the most visited art museums in North America, and the 35th-most visited in the world.  Housed in a state-of-the-art, accessible, and architecturally significant facility, it provides valuable art experiences to generations of residents and visitors.

Since 1983 the Louis Vuitton Cup has been the trophy awarded to the winner of the Challenger Selection Series for the America’s Cup.

For press enquiries about the 2013 America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction please contact: Elisabeth Lavers (401 253 5000), e.lavers@herreshoff.org
Web: http://www.herreshoff.org/


Adventures of the "S" Class Yachts Papoose & Squaw (and Aquila, too!)
Presented by: Angus Davis

Thursday, May 30th 2013.
Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm.

Learn more about our lecture series here
Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery

Angus Davis learned to sail in Bristol water aboard AQUILA, the Herreshoff S Class sloop, believed by historian Ken Upham to be the first S Boat ever built, H.M.Co #828. In 2011, Davis engaged Bristol Boat Company and Narragansett Shipwrights to undertake simultaneous restorations of H.M.Co #831 and #835—“PAPOOSE” and “SQUAW” in Rhode Island. Accompanied with stunning professional photography, you’ll see the story of how these boats were brought back to their former glory using traditional techniques and modern technology. Experience the first 3D CAD model ever made of Captain Nat’s successful S Class design and hear wonderful tales of S Boat racing. 


Is There Value in Your Old Books and Rare Books? 
Presented by Kenneth Gloss 

Wednesday, March 20 2013

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm. 

Learn more about our lecture series here.

Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery.

Kenneth Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston, has been working in the book business since childhood. Gloss will bring to the lecture several examples of notable books, magazines and ephemera from the store’s private collection. Following his talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books and documents that attendees have brought with them.


The American Youth Sailing Force
Presented by: David Liebenberg

Thursday, February 28th 2013

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm.

Learn more about our lecture series here.

Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery

David Liebenberg is a member of the American Youth Sailing Force participating in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in San Francisco scheduled for August through September of 2013. Participating will be 10 teams made up of members between the ages of 19 and 24 years old. The teams will be sailing 45 foot, wing sailed catamarans that are currently being sailed by the elite America’s Cup teams competing in the America’s Cup World Series. David is a junior at Tufts University in Massachusetts where he sails varsity on CFJ’s and represents the University’s keel boat events. 


You're Invited to our Holiday Party on Thursday, December 6th.
The party is from 6 pm to 8 pm. All members and donors are invited to attend.  There will be a special sale in the Museum store so come prepared to shop while enjoying our wonderful community and our very special museum. 

Guests will also enjoy refreshments and light hor d'ouevres from Russell Morin Fine Catering.

See you soon and Happy Holidays from the Herreshoff Marine Museum!


The Herreshoff Torpedo Boats: Innovation at the Beginning of the Modern US Navy
Presented by: John Palmieri

Thursday, November 29th

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture starts at 7pm.


Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery

Forget the stories you thought you knew about Herreshoff torpedo boats- innovations were adapted from yacht designs; battles with local Navy inspectors drove the decision to leave the business. New team research reveals the influence of a strong Narragansett Bay connection and the Herreshoff brothers 20 year effort to dominate the torpedo boat business with innovative designs and a business plan to nullify the influence of the Navy bureaucracy and their specifications. 


The Herreshoff Method
Presented by: Halsey C. Herreshoff

Doors open at 6pm
Lecture starts at 7pm

Sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery

The Nathanael Greene Herreshoff Model Room holds a collection unique in the world - Captain Nat's models used to create his designs, including his America's Cup defenders. The 500 models are works of art in themselves, and are testimony to Captain Nat's genius as a naval architect.  Join us next Thursday as Halsey Herreshoff discusses Nat’s method of design from deciding the proportions of the yacht, to the carving of the half hull, to the tools that Nat used and invented.  Guests are welcome to tour the N.G. Herreshoff Model Room following the presentation.  This is a wonderful opportunity to view the models created by the genius and talk with his grandson.

Halsey C. Herreshoff of Bristol, Rhode Island is a naval architect and marine engineer, builder of yachts, and member of the Bristol Town Council.  He is a principal in the firm of Herreshoff Designs Inc. that continues the longest continuous yacht design service in America.


F R E E   D A Y
October 14th - 10 am to 5 pm

Join us for a day long celebration of the season -  offering soup and cider, a Museum Store SALE, and family activities.  Take this opportunity to see the newly remodeled Mosbacher Room featuring the collection of the famous America's Cup Sailor, and the start of The RELIANCE Project - where volunteers are currently underway constructing a 1/6th scale model of the 1903 Defender.  Stop by, take a tour, and enjoy your Museum.

FREE DAY also features a first class trunk sale from some of our favorite vendors including:

Atlantis Weathergear
Cloudveil Mountain Wear

See you soon and happy Fall!



Herreshoff Marine Museum Announces Grant from Rhode Island Foundation 

(Bristol, Rhode Island, USA) – The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that The Rhode Island Foundation, Providence Rhode Island, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Museum to support Strategic Plan Development. The Museum has engaged a well-recognized Rhode Island consulting company to lead board and staff through the strategic planning process.

Mr David Ford, Chairman of the Board says: “We are very pleased that the Rhode Island Foundation is supporting our effort to develop a visionary, comprehensive five year plan that will enable us to realize our significant potential given the wealth of assets we have at our disposal. We look forward to working with our members, supporters and the local community to help determine and secure the future of the Museum.”

The Rhode Island Foundation is a philanthropic and community leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. Founded in 1916, the Foundation is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States, and is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2011, the Foundation made grants of $28 million to more than one thousand organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. http://www.rifoundation.org

The Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame is dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup competition.
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August 24, 2012 5PM til 8PM

The Herreshoff Marine  Museum welcomes guests to the Living Boat Show on August 24th, 2012. The show invites participants in the Herreshoff Classic Regatta and members of the general public to come together in celebration of classic yachts and our nation's yachting history.

Guests will gather in the waterfront tent for food, drink, and sunset viewing. The Museum's mooring field and docks will be filled with lovely, historically significant yachts. Join museum staff, classic boat owners, and regatta participants to hear of the history of the boats, the people and the place.

The Herreshoff Marine Museum is proud to announce that it has received a grant from the McCarthey Family Foundation, of Salt Lake City, Utah. The grant is intended to support offering full and or partial scholarships to at least 10 students this summer. Awards will be based on need, and named the “McCarthey Family Foundation Sailorship Award”.

Read the full Press Release Here!


Naples/Newport – 11 April 2012. 
The Herreshoff Marine Museum and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame today announced the identity of the next three inductees to the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Coming from three distinct America’s Cup eras two of them are Americans and one is Italian.

Established in 1992 the America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates and recognizes the achievements of individuals within the sport of sailing and in particular the America’s Cup competition. On a regular basis several personalities are identified by the Hall of Fame Committee to be inducted. 2012 sees three more individuals chosen to join the ranks of those already inducted. The first person to be inducted this year, posthumously, is Gerard B. Lambert, Sr. (USA) – who was active in the period 1930 to 1937, the second, Jonathan Wright (USA) – was active between 1974 and 1987 and the third, Patrizio Bertelli (ITA) – has been active continuously since 1997.

Read full press relase here!


Our very popular Lecture Series continues on May 17th!

1986 America's Cup

America's Cup: Reflections

The America’s Cup World Series in Newport is from June 27 to July 1 and Rhode Island has sailing fever.   We are pleased to continue our successful lecture series into the spring and summer.  Come to the Museum on Thursday, May 17th to hear about the 12 Metre Era from three experts: Halsey Herreshoff, Dyer Jones and Paul Darling.  Sailor, regatta official and photographer recount their trials and triumphs and share their opinions and perspectives.  Summer is coming!  Catch the fever now.  Doors at 6pm Lecture at 7.

Herreshoff Institute Sailing and Seamanship Program registration is underway!

Sailing School students learning on classic Herreshoff 121/2's

Register now for Youth and Adult Summer Sailing Lessons!

Our mission is to teach seamanship and sailing, with the goal of promoting self-reliance, responsibility, and accountability, both on and off the water.  We are offering daytime youth sessions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students aboard the historic Herreshoff 12 ½'s built between 1914 and 1939, and the Fishers Island 31 KESTREL.  Evening adult classes will utilize the same fleet.  In addition, we now offer family sailing classes and private lessons.

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