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The 2014/2015 Annual Lecture Series Schedule has just been announced. The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Annual Lecture Series brings the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Learn from some of the best sailors, writers, historians, and accomplished individuals amongst historic Herreshoff Boats and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Each evening begins with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a 7:00 p.m. lecture. Tickets for the October & November Lectures are now available for purchase online: Click Here.
Our inaugural lecture on October 23 will feature John Jackson, professor at the Naval War College in Newport. Professor Jackson's lecture is most timely: "Rise of the Drones" will provide an overview of the various unmanned aerial vehicle systems now in use and in development, including the Global Hawk, the Predator, and the Unmanned Carrier Launched Air System. He will also discuss some of the legal and ethical implications of using robots in warfare.
Museum's History Wall to be Upgraded
Thanks to a generous grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, Inc. HMM will be able to upgrade and modernize the entrance to the Museum and the Time Line Wall at the front of the Museum. The current exhibit has been in place in the Sidney DeWolf Herreshoff Room since the Museum moved to its present location in the early 1990s, and is definitely showing its age. The new plan calls for new glass doors that will be both more attractive and ADA compliant, new graphics and a “reader rail” enabling a more understandable narrative of the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. The exhibit will depict the reasons the Herreshoff name earned its legendary reputation: the company’s roles in the American Industrial Revolution, as a hub of innovation and advanced engineering, as one of the largest employers in the state and as the source of some of the most advanced and beautiful yachts ever built. The new exhibit will remain chronological in nature, but will tell a story that is accessible to a broader audience. It will be comprised of photographs, interactive and artifacts tied together with a narrative theme.
Under the able leadership of Jon Goff, former chief operating officer of the Museum and currently a member of our Board of Advisors, the exhibit will be installed over this winter while the Museum is closed, and will be ready for inauguration when the museum opens in the spring.
[Graphic] Concept sketch of the new history wall and entrance.
Sailing School Recap
We had our busiest summer yet at the Herreshoff Seamanship Program! Over 100 students participated in our 5 sold out sessions and were thrilled to sail on the 12 1/2 in its centennial year. With the help of the McCarthey Foundation, many scholarship students from Bristol and the Paul Cuffee School enjoyed sailing this summer as well. We hope to expand our program next summer to include more boats and instructors with more flexible sessions. 2015 registration forms will be available in November on the HMM website.
Our adult sailing program also grew this summer thanks to our many volunteers and instructors. We offered new classes, many private lessons, and a rental program. We will continue to evolve the program for next year, including weekend sailing opportunities. This year was also the quiet start and success of our 12 ½ Rental Program. We hope that many others will join the 12 ½ Rental Program either as a Bonita or Columbia member for 2015. All participants must demonstrate their abilities and skills to the Sailing Director in an initial 2 hour check-out. Details will be available on the website in November, as well as the Adult Sailing Registration form.
The 2014 Herreshoff Regatta
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A fleet of exceptional classic yachts gathered at the Museum over the weekend of August 22-24, 2014.
The event opened on Friday with the Living Boat Show. This year the Museum has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the design of the Newport 29, the Buzzards Bay 25, and the Herreshoff 12½. Beautiful examples of each design were on moorings just off the Museum, including DOLPHIN (HMCo. #727, a Newport 29), the Buzzard Bay 25 sisters MINK (1914 HMCo. #733) and BAGATELLE (1914 HMCo. #736), as well as our own 12½ BONITA (1914 HMCo. #761). Nearby were RUGOSA (1925 NY40 HMCo. #983), PROCYON (1929 HMCo. #1132, a Fishers Island 31), EMMA (a Watch Hill 15), and several Herreshoff ‘S’ Boats and more 12½’s.
On the dock were NEITH (1907 HMCo. #665), KESTREL (1929 HMCo. #1061, a Fishers Island 31), and ADAMANT (a 1936 Adams Interclub).
Six classes raced on Saturday around courses in upper Narragansett and Mount Hope Bays. The winners were presented prizes at the Regatta Dinner that evening under the waterfront tent. They are:
Classic Class A
RUGOSA, Halsey C. Herreshoff - 1925 NY 40, HMCo. #983
Classic Class B
ROGUE, Seville Simonds - 1953 Newport 29
Buzzards Bay 25
BAGATELLE, Glenn Kim - 1914 Buzzards Bay 25, HMCo. #736
CRF Open Class
ADAMANT, Gabriele Pedone – 1936 Adams Interclub
CRF Cat Boats
MUGSY, Jay Kolyer – 1973 Marshall Sanderling
Herreshoff “S” Class
OSPREY, Sheldon Whitehouse - 1936 Herreshoff “S” Boat
GOURGEOUS, George Cochran – 1974 Sea Sprite
CUPCAKE, Victoria Guck - 1972 Herreshoff 12½ by CCSB
On Sunday, while the larger yachts raced to Newport and the Buzzards Bay 25 BAGATELLE repeated as a winner, the Museum ran the traditional Wind Hill Trophy Regatta for the Herreshoff 12½‘s. This regatta has for years been conducted by the Nicholson and Livingston families off of their dock at Wind Hill. This year the families requested the Museum to take responsibility for the Wind Hill race. Fittingly, this year the winner was REMORA, crewed by Buckley and Ted Livingston. REMORA (HMCo. #1092) is one of those exceptional 12½‘s owned by the same family for which it was built in 1927.
Congratulations and Thank You to all participants, and we look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Herreshoff Classic Regatta over the weekend of 21-23 August in 2015.
New Items in the Store
Featuring New colors in the Luster Loft throw blanket: Sea Mist Green, Buxton Blue & Navajo White. And introducing the Marlin Spike pocket knife with the Herreshoff script. We also have models of the Herreshoff 12 ½ footer, S-boat hull, NY 30, RELIANCE and a wooden speedboat ornament in stock.
Completion of ARIA's Restoration for the BB25 Centennial
Paul Bates donated the Buzzards Bay 25 daysailer ARIA (Ex-WHITE CAP, HMCo 738) to the museum in 1992 and the museum commissioned MP&G to return her to original condition. She has been on display since that time, but lacking spars and final outfit. This August, just before the Herreshoff Regatta, Paul and an MP&G crew led by Andy Giblin completed her outfitting to honor the class centennial. In the following reprint from the 2014 Classic Yacht Symposium Proceedings, Paul describes the work (to be) accomplished. The museum is greatly indebted to Paul, the Chester family and MP&G for ARIA's "new look." Read the article by Paul Bates to find out more on the restoration of ARIA: Click Here...
Previous Newsletters from 2014:
August Newsletter, 2014
Herreshoff Classic Regatta & Rendezvous
The Herreshoff Classic Regatta is an annual event drawing participants from around the world. Classic yachts, many of them Herreshoff designs, gather for a weekend of racing and social events. The 2014 Herreshoff Regatta will celebrate the centennial of three Herreshoff Designs: The Newport 29, Buzzard's Bay 25, and the Buzzards Bay Boys Boat.
The Herreshoff Classic Regatta is an annual event drawing participants from around the world. Classic yachts, many of them Herreshoff designs, gather for a weekend of racing and social events. Sign up for races and social events NOW! For the Notice of Race, registration, and more information, Click Here.
The festivities begin with the Living Boat Show on Friday August 22nd from 5pm to 10pm. The event is FREE and open to the general public. The show welcomes 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. Enjoy cocktails with a cash bar.
Racing begins on Saturday morning. A celebratory dinner will be served Saturday night starting at 5pm followed by awards (cash bar). Purchase your meal tickets online: Click Here.
New Store Merchandise!
The Herreshoff Museum Gift Store has received a new makeover, both online and in-store. The online store now features a wider selection of apparel options, bags, accessories, and home decor, as well as an improved shopping experience. New items include: water bottles, Sea Bags and totes, blankets, models, and more. New items are being added on a regular basis, so check back often to get your hands on new items before they're gone. To view our new online store, Click Here.
"For Sail in Bristol: Part History, Part Seamanship"
by Eric Dickervitz
East Bay RI Newspapers published a great article in the Bristol Phenix in early August about the Herreshoff Seamanship Program. Written by Eric Dickervitz. Photo by Richard W. Dionne, Jr. To read the full article, click here. Excerpt is below:
For sailing enthusiasts, the name “Herreshoff” is often the topic of conversation in reference to the high quality wooden yachts crossing oceans and finish lines.
But for local boaters who want to experience both sailing and sailing history, crossing Bristol Harbor is an education in both seamanship and turn-of-the-18th century craftsmanship.
Built for the children of wealthy yacht owners, the 12.5-foot sloops, Swallow, Bonita and Hurrah were moved smoothly through the choppy waters of Bristol Harbor on Wednesday, July 30, as part of the adult sailing program offered through the Herreshoff Marine MuseumSailing School. From June through August, sailing and history share the cockpit discussion inside the 16.5-foot hull, as does the timeless enjoyment of being on the water on a warm summer evening.
Program director Maria (pronounced, ‘Mariah’) Powell is familiar with sailing the wooden boats, and is glad to be part of a program that sustains a time often overshadowed by fiberglass and composite made craft. On the water, the century-old boats are sailed as much with TLC as they are with an understanding of their limitations.
“Treat them like your grandmother,” Ms. Powell said of the philosophy taught on the wooden craft. “My dad owns a couple of Herreshoffs, so I grew up around that mentality.” ... ...
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Halsey Herreshoff on the Herreshoff Centennial Classes of 1914
On July 24th, Halsey C. Herreshoff delivered a stunning program to a sold out crowed celebrating the three Herreshoff Centennial Classes of sailing yachts. He explained the significant actions of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and its outstanding team that functioned so impressively in 1914. This lecture was graciously filmed by Halsey Fulton of Fish Hawk Films. Click here to watch a playlist of Mr. Herreshoff's lecture.
A Successful 4th of July in the Rain
Our Fourth of July celebration this year was one for the books! We kicked off our fun filled weekend with dinner on the third with cocktails and a fantastic meal provided by Preppy Big BBQ, there was also plenty of dancing thanks to the Honkytonk Knights. Even the kids had a blast with a coloring table set up right on the waterfront it was fun for all ages. After dinner came an amazing fireworks display on the dock followed by s’mores-making on the beach. The day of the parade was a bustle of activity with breakfast in the Hall of Boats. The rain did not scare away spectators; we still had an amazing turn out of people ready to enjoy the day! We had the perfect location to enjoy the parade not to mention the refreshments being served and the convenient parking and bathroom access. None of this could have been possible without the help from our amazing sponsors and the dedication of our staff and volunteers. Thanks to everyone who helped make this holiday one to remember and we hope you will all join us again next year!
June/July 2014 Newsletter
Celebrate July 3rd and 4th at Herreshoff in Bristol Fashion
Tradition…Community…Great fun. These traditions are 229 years strong in the longest running July 4th celebration in the country. The sense of pride and patriotism in our town is a community affair –Americana at its epicenter. Join us at the Herreshoff Marine Museum where our waterfront campus is in the heart of the action. Whether you come by land or sea, we offer a fun, convenient and historic location for friends and family to gather and partake in the festivities. We have planned a great evening on the 3rd of July followed by light breakfast and parade viewing on the 4th. Go to www.herreshoff.org/events to see details and purchase your tickets. Tickets include Museum admission.
The 3rd includes Blount chowder and steel drums on the waterfront starting at 5:30 pm, childrens games, extended hours in the Museum to explore our treasures with your guests, dinner by Preppy Pig, s’mores on the beach, dancing to the Honky Tonk Knights and viewing of the Bristol fireworks from our dock. Meet your friends and bring your family. This party is quickly becoming a tradition for many and we welcome you to join us. Dress is casual and all ages are welcome.
On July 4th, parade day, we offer music by the Ancient Mariners Dixieland Band and light breakfast starting at 7:30am. Come in early and secure a parking spot before the road closes. It is a short walk to the Patriotic exercises in town at 8:30 am. For parade viewing our location offers a sea breeze, great view, shade, bathrooms and parking. In addition the Museum will be open and we will have lunch food available by Preppy Pig.
This year the iconic Herreshoff 12 ½ celebrates its 100th birthday. One will be in the parade. Keep your eyes open for it.
Go to www.july4thbristolri.com to learn more about all of the festivities surrounding the Bristol July 4th celebrations. We hope you can join us and become part of our tradition.
Herreshoff 2014 Challenge Grant
We called- and you responded! Our challenge grant which we described in the previous newsletter requires us to have received donations by July 19 in order to qualify for the maximum match. We are happy to report that the response has been enthusiastic, and as of today we have earned over $85,000, and are very hopeful that with your help we will meet the $100,000 goal in time. If you have not yet donated, there is no time like now to ensure that we are successful in meeting this challenge. Thank you all for your support!
Herreshoff 12 ½ Centennial Gala
The May 31 Herreshoff 12 ½ Centennial Gala was a beautiful and fun evening with 150 guests attending. The weather cooperated and thanks to Exquisite Events the tent was transformed into a magic party venue. The dinner menu was catered by Russell Morins and the band’s irresistible rhythms attracted most of us to the dance floor while the sun was setting over Bristol Harbor. Thank you all who participated as a guest, donor, or vendor in this successful fund raising event which netted over $65,000 to the Museum.
Youth Seamanship Program has begun!
Session I of the Seamanship Program began this week with a beautiful day for sailing. The students have been learning the basics of sailing and all around seamanship. The gorgeous weather this week allowed for students to get on the water sailing. For some, this was their very first time sailing. The first week has been a huge success. The students are enjoying their time sailing and learning about seamanship. Space is still available for Session III & V.
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The Niña & Pinta visit to HMM
The Niña & Pinta 'sailing museum' was a wonderful compliment to the sailing history of the Herreshoff Museum from June 6th - 8th. The crowds of families and individuals brought enthusiasm and eagerness for learning to both attractions. HMM offered a reduced admission ticket for adults and families for visitors who purchased tickets for the Niña & Pinta. The attractive discount generated additional admission tickets over the three day weekend making for a busy and successful weekend.
Sail in Bristol Harbor this Summer!
We are pleased to announce that our classic Herreshoff 12 ½ s will be available for short term rentals this summer to qualified sailors. 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the launching of the first 12 ½, and as part of our 100th birthday celebration we are providing this opportunity to experience the genius of Nat Herreshoff's design. Boats will be available for rental on weekends and most weekday afternoons, weather permitting.
Two plans are available for use of the boats:
Members at the Columbia ($250) or higher may rent a boat for $37.50/hour, minimum two hours per session.
40 hours of rental are included in the Bonita membership, a new class at the $1,000 level, an effective cost of only $25 per hour.
In order to be approved as a qualified sailor, renters must take a two hour session with one of our sailing instructors to demonstrate sailing capability as well as to learn about the special needs of these classic boats.
Call or email Maria Powell, Sailing School Director,(401 253 5000, firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for rentals.
(Posted: May 2014)
New Annual Sponsors
We are pleased to welcome three new Annual Sponsors, Silver Sponsor PURE Insurance Company, Bronze Sponsor Brewers Yacht Yard Group, and Pewter Sponsor BankNewport. These are all prominent companies within their respective fields and we are delighted to have their support. We also want to thank our existing Annual Sponsors Silver Sponsor The Bay, and Pewter Sponsors Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket Vineyard and Points East Magazine.
(Posted: May 2014)
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 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 email@example.com 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.