January 18, 2018
Warren Barker presents: "Pedigree, Provenance, and Program: Searching for the elusive history of the restorable wreck as Launch Day looms"
In the yacht restoration business it is an understatement to say there can be a great deal of interest in the pedigree of the boat to be restored. Though the vessel may arrive looking more like a pancake than a runabout a glance at the engine or the paint behind the speedometer can set the Chris Craft aficionado into throws of ecstasy. The name Garwood can drive the recreation of a splendid mahogany speedboat from a mere pile of sticks. The loyalty of the Lawley fans can be limitless. L. Francis? - fanatical. And then there are the Herreshoffs of Bristol whose admirers seem never satisfied with “a” boat built by Herreshoff but “which” boat. If the “which” becomes “that” through the presence of a small brass plate the floodgates open to the entire provenance of the vessel with model, drawings, dates, build time, cost, and owners; the rich fabric that makes up the vessel’s story. However, as with the morning commute, there can be some murky times before getting underway if that key is missing and, with time or the boss, delay can be costly.
Quite a number of Herreshoff built boats have come through the restoration program at IYRS and, thankfully, have arrived complete with builder’s plate and/or a definitive history that can send the team through the Herreshoff archives to help bring it back to its original T. Others are not quite so fortunate and we will touch on the run down the avenues of hearsay, legend, family remembrance, or perhaps newspaper clippings to find THE boat during the race to finish it. Finally, the construction of a twenty six foot launch of truly tantalizing but elusive pedigree will be discussed to illustrate how the Herreshoff legacy can step in to save your hide even when the trail runs cold.
Warren Barker, Senior Instructor of Boatbuilding and Restoration at IYRS, remarked to a friend at Williams College that after graduation he was going home to build a boat with his father. Little did he know that over thirty-five years later he would still be building boats. During that interval he took his degree from college and further training in furniture design and construction to Maine to enter the revitalized wooden boatbuilding field, to Rhode Island to build cold molded and composite boats for sail and power, and to Massachusetts to build custom boats with his own name on the letterhead. Having taught at IYRS for well over a decade, he has realized what he saw as an opportunity to build or rebuild a myriad of boats by a multitude of designers while instilling in a new generation the passion and enthusiasm for the trade and its teachers that have carried him throughout his career.
March 15, 2018
"Benedict Arnald's Navy" presented by James L. Nelson
In 1775, George Washington and the Continental Congress decided to bring their nascent revolution to Canada, expecting that the Canadians would find common cause in the struggle for independence. By 1776 the entire enterprise had collapsed into ruin, and all that stood between the shattered army and annihilation was one hundred miles of lake and a tiny fleet under the command of one of Washington's most beloved generals, Benedict Arnold. James L. Nelson will tell the story of that year of fighting and the unlikely naval battle that resulted in American victory in the War for Independence.
Jim Nelson was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine and graduated from UCLA with a degree in motion picture/television production. Finding that despite being in Southern California, it was a damp, drizzly November in his soul, Jim took the cure Melville recommended and decided to sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. For six years he worked on board traditional sailing ships before turned thirty and realizing it would be easier to write about sailing rather than actually doing it. His career as a writer began in 1994 and he has since written more than twenty works of maritime fiction and history. He is the winner or the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order's Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Nelson has lectured all over the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell, Maine, with his former shipmate, now wife Lisa and two of their four children.
April 19th, 2018
"Reflections on a Mermaid: Roy Lichtenstein (1994)" presented by Ted Bogosian, Kevin Mahaney, & Eric Goetz
Exclusive, extensive, intimate and never-before-shown documentary coverage of one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century contextualizes Roy Lichtenstein’s creative process during in-studio creation, gallery openings and installations of his internationally-renowned Mermaid collection.
REFLECTIONS ON A MERMAID also chronicles the creative quest of the U.S. Olympic medal-winning sailor Kevin Mahaney, who skippered the 1995 America’s Cup contender Young America that is famously covered by Lichtenstein’s Mermaid. Seeking to cement his legacy and demystify Lichtenstein’s creative process, Mahaney aspires toward an unprecedented show of the artist’s entire Mermaid collection. By enlisting the cooperation of many distinguished galleries and museums in New York, New England and Japan, Mahaney somehow manages to mount an extraordinary show in an improbable location — for a Mermaid.
Ultimately, this half-hour documentary celebrates Roy Lichtenstein’s unique achievements by bringing to younger generations and serious collectors alike some playful and detailed insights into the lasting value of art.
The boat itself was designed by Bruce Nelson, and constructed here in Bristol by Eric Goetz Custom Sailboats.
About the Presentors:
is a practicing ﬁlmmaker and television producer with scores of primetime network documentary and episodic drama credits. Bogosian and his programs have won top prizes everywhere from the National Press Club to the Chicago Film Festival to the Writer's Guild of America, East, as well as multiple Emmy nominations and awards. His achievements include the ﬁrst documentary produced in high-deﬁnition. Since 1978, Bogosian has personally secured access to and conducted interviews with dozens of newsmakers, including several US Presidents, Vice-Presidents and other national candidates, as well as Nobel Prize recipients, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride, and many others. His worldwide charitable work includes multiple African and Eurasian trips for foundations promoting clean water, education and human rights. He received a BA from Duke University in Political Science in 1973 and an MPP from Harvard University's JFK School of Government in 1981 and is currently a Visiting Professor at Brown.
has been President and CEO of The Olympia Companies since 1988. The strength of his talents extend beyond the business world and bear testament to the level of capabilities he personally embodies and inspires in others.
A lifelong overachiever, Mahaney won an All-American selection in lacrosse in 1985 at Middlebury College, an Olympic Silver Medal in sailing and the prestigious title of Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year, both in 1992. Kevin received an A.B. with a Major in Economics and Minor in Physics from Middlebury College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, specializing in finance and concentrating in Business Policy. He was also awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Law from Thomas College in 1996. As a Trustee for the University of Maine's seven-campus system, Kevin chaired the Physical Plant Committee, overseeing $1 billion in real estate. Kevin has been a Trustee on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors for the LifeFlight Foundation. Additionally, Kevin Mahaney is a Chairman of the Board for the Walkabout Foundation.
Eric Goetz began sailing at a young age. While attending Brown University, Eric took courses in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design, sparking his interest in how design is influenced by materials and processes. Eric's passions lead him to start Goetz Custom Sailboats in 1975. In 1990, Goetz began building prepreg composite boats using aerospace-grade carbon and kevlar prepregs with various types of cores, including nomex, aluminum, and kevlar honeycombs.
Goetz has built some of the world's most successful race boats in the world including three of today's most high profile yachts. Eric Goetz has built: Ten America's Cup boats (including YOUNG AMERICA), Eleven TP52 Race boats, Wally Class yachts, Volvo 70 around the world race boats and luxury yachts.
Eric currently serves on the Board of Trustees for both The Landing School and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association.
Monday, May 14th, 2018
Charlie Enright & the Volvo Ocean Race - sold out
Hometown hero and Bristol native, Charlie Enright returns to the Herreshoff Museum to discuss his return to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition following a debut campaign as skipper of Team Alvimedica in 2014-15. Enright leads Vestas 11th Hour Racing in a joint mission to win the VOR and promote sustainability.
Discover more at volvooceanrace.com
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June 21st, 2018
John Rousmaniere on "Norwegian Steam: The Yacht Sailors from Tysnes"
Presented in collaboration with Jattlaget
This is the story of the rise of professional sailing as told by noted historian and author John Rousmaniere. John's presentation will introduce us to the "pros" from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and follow the evolution of professional sailing through to its more modern form.
Mr. Corradi will then introduce us to the sailors from Tysnes, Norway who crewed aboard several HMCo. America's Cup defenders in the 1930s. Having visited the Jåttlaget Exhibition in Tysnes, Juan has become quite familiar with these sailors and their fascinating stories.
This lecture will mark the opening of a new temporary exhibit at HMM about these sailors which will include a number of artifacts and imagery on loan from Jåttlaget combined with related HMM artifacts.
Rescheduled to July 19, 2018
Gail MacDonald presents: "Morton F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline"
Gilded Age financier Morton F. Plant inherited his father's transportation empire determined to improve his community. A dreamer eager to invest in innovative technology and grassroots community causes alike, Plant's influence ran deep on the Connecticut shoreline prior to World War I, and his legacy remains prominent. Plant's summer mansion, Branford House, is one of southeastern Connecticut's iconic landmarks. He was instrumental in founding the prestigious Connecticut College. And the Shennecossett Golf Club he developed as part of his summer resort is a popular public course. Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald brings to life this important figure in Connecticut history and demonstrates his long-reaching impact.
Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald is an associate professor in residence in the journalism department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is a former reporter for the Day of New London, Connecticut, and a veteran journalist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Rhode Island Monthly, American Artist and Vermont Life.
Monday, August 6th
Jonathan White, "Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean" Part Two
Author, sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. Attendance to Part One is not required to enjoy this lecture.
Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up diving, sailing and fishing on the beaches of Southern California, has logged more than one hundred thousand miles sailing on the Pacific and Atlantic, and has surfed all over the world. In the 1980s, he founded the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization for which he hosted a renowned seminar series aboard Crusader, a 65-foot wooden schooner that sailed the Pacific Northwest. Crusader’s odysseys nearly ended in 1990 when the boat ran aground on a large tide in Alaska’s Kalinin Bay. Shaken and intrigued by his underestimation of tides and their power, White set off on a quest across the globe to understand the history, science, and majesty of one of our planet’s most remarkable phenomena.
In TIDES, writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, he shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont St. Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture – the very old and very new.
A year after publication, Jonathan White’s TIDES has earned prestigious literary accolades, winning the 2018 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for Best Book. Most recently, TIDES has been short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, the largest international book award for small, academic and independent presses.
TIDES received several other awards:
- National Outdoor Book Award in the Natural History Literature category
- IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award (Silver)
- Nautilus Book Award (Silver)
- Publishing Professionals Network Best Book Award for Trade, Text-driven
TIDES has also been translated into Chinese, published in the UK, and is being considered by the BBC for a documentary film.
TIDES continues to attract audiences worldwide with brisk sales, and has garnered positive reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, Oregonian, The Surfer’s Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, Tampa News, among others. Jonathan has appeared on dozens of TV and radio programs, including NPR’s nationally syndicated “Living on Earth,” Michael Krazny’s “The Forum” on KQED in San Francisco, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate show, and Bill Bradley’s “American Voices” on Sirius/XM radio.
Jonathan is currently writing for Wooden Boat Magazine about the restoration of the Western Flyer, the boat John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts sailed to Baja in 1939. The Log of the Sea of Cortez, published in 1941, memorialized the trip. The Western Flyer was considered lost until it was discovered on the bottom of the Swinomish River a few years ago. A barnacled ghost of what it once was, someone bought it for a million dollars and is restoring the 75-foot trawler in Port Townsend. “You could say the boat’s worth nothing,” says Jonathan, “…and everything. I’m fascinated by the Flyer and the Baja trip with Steinbeck and Ricketts. It’s a perfect intersection of boat, ocean, literature, ecology, and metaphysics…and the entire trip was organized around the tide!”
Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.
Rescheduled to September 20, 2018
Discover more at www.alisonoleary.com
Alison O'Leary presents "So Close to Home" on the story of the German U-boats
About the Book: A hard working blue collar family from Texas was trying to get ahead in the lean post-Depression years. But when war broke out they unknowingly entered the cross hairs of a German U-boat on a killing spree right off America’s shores. A heartbreaking true story, So Close to Home takes you into both the struggle to get ahead as experienced by the Downs family and the U-boats’ race against the American war machine. Neither won. Read More...
About O'Leary: Author Alison O'Leary is a longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers from Austin, Texas to Reno, Nevada; Bath, Maine and suburban Boston. She was a correspondent for the Boston Globe for several years before completing her B.A. at Emerson College and becoming editor of The Boston Parents' Paper magazine and skirt! Boston magazine.
Writing So Close to Home was sealed the moment Alison heard survivor Ray "Sonny" Downs' sweet South Texas drawl. The intersection of a struggling American family and the German U-boat crew that would soon become desperate and hunted was a challenging proposition for these storytellers. O'Leary and Tougias combined their years of interviewing and research skills for a roller coaster tale of striving, success and setbacks.
Alison has won awards for writing and editing over the years: a 2017 Charlie Award (silver) for history writing from the Florida Magazine Association and numerous awards from the Parenting Publications of America organization for her work at The Boston Parents' Paper 2004-2007, including for travel writing in 2007.
October 18th, 2018
"Finding PAX: Solving History’s Mysteries for the Love of a Wooden Boat" Presented by Kaci Cronkhite
is a story of discovery and reconnection like no other. Having fallen hopelessly in love with a 1930s Danish spidsgatter, a beautifully constructed 28 ft 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.
The search took her to the quiet harbors of British Columbia, into the industrial desert of Los Angeles’ port, and to the harbors and homes of generations in Denmark. What she found changed some families’ history. “By finding her story, you’ve given us ours,” said the granddaughter of the boat’s builder. The writing is poetic, spare, and full of wisdom.
"The boat appeared when I didn't expect or, frankly, need her. My bucket list was empty. Life was full…But sailing towards me was a boat that would stir the waters, waking decades of loss, revealing history untold, and restoring a legacy that was lost in the wind. For her and for me, I had to wade into that water. I had to go, to search, to find."
Kaci grew up on a four-generation cattle ranch in Oklahoma and didn’t see the ocean until she was 21. By 40, she had sailed around the world, double-handed, with Nancy Erley while they taught women offshore sailing skills. From 2002-2011, she was director of North America’s largest wooden boat event, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Finding Pax
is her first book and Finding Pax: Expanded Edition
is published by the world’s premier nautical press, Adlard Coles, Bloomsbury who will also publish her next book, When a Cowgirl Goes to Sea
For more information, see kacicronkhite.com
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November 15th, 2018
"Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon" Presented by Doug Park