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The America’s Cup Hall of Fame to induct Ken McAlpine in 2018

Bristol, RI – March 20, 2018. The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame welcomes Ken McAlpine to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame as the sole inductee for the Class of 2018.

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame was founded in 1992, as an arm of the Herreshoff Marine Museum by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America's Cup defender and grandson of legendary yacht designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Over eighty legends of the Cup have been inducted into the Hall. Candidates eligible for consideration include members of the crew, designers, builders, syndicate leaders, supporters, chroniclers, and other individuals of merit. Each nominee is judged on the basis of outstanding ability, international recognition, character, performance, and contributions to the sport. The members of the Selection Committee are persons intimate with the history and traditions of America's Cup and committed to the integrity of the Hall of Fame.

Ken McAlpine (Australia) (b. 1951)

Ken McAlpine has been at the heart of the competition for the America’s Cup for over 30 years, witnessing the America’s Cup evolve from the 12-Metre Class through the America’s Cup Class to the foiling catamarans of the 35th America’s Cup Match. During this period, he measured more America’s Cup yachts than any other person in the history of the Cup. In this role, he demonstrated an intimate knowledge of the class rules; and, he also assisted in the development of the 12-Metre Class rule and the AC Class rule.

McAlpine’s love for the sea developed during his childhood in Sydney, Australia, and so it was natural that he went on to train as a naval architect. His involvement with the America’s Cup began in the seventies, and in 1983, on behalf of the Australian Yachting Federation, he was appointed measurer for Australia II and Challenge 12.  Following the success of Australia II, McAlpine was appointed a member of the Measurement Committee for the Cup’s defense in Fremantle, Australia.            

McAlpine has lived in a world of secrecy and discretion: he was often the first to learn about loopholes found by design teams and was often faced with the extraordinary pressure to safeguard the deepest secrets of Cup yacht designs. He has ruled on complex technical matters such as Australia II’s winged keel and Team New Zealand’s “Hula” hull. Few people realize what it means to deal with the brightest minds in the sport lead by the wealthiest men on earth who, each in their own way, are experts in exerting pressure to have matters swing their way.

“Ken McAlpine is one of the unsung heroes of the America’s Cup”, said America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair Steve Tsuchiya. “You can’t do what Ken did for as long as he did it without being both supremely talented and incredibly diplomatic!”          

During his long America’s Cup tenure, Ken McAlpine has used his naval architectural and engineering skills, along with tact, patience, and interpersonal skills to deliver a playing field as level as possible within the confines of the sport. His dedication and integrity in performing these tasks had a profound peacekeeping and stabilizing influence in the ever-growing complexity of the technology-driven competition for the America’s Cup.

Mr. McAlpine, along with Class of 2017 inductees Syd Fischer, John K. Marshall, and Doug Peterson, will be officially welcomed to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the 2018 Induction Ceremony, details of which will be announced soon.

America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee

R. Steven Tsuchiya, Chairman Gary Jobson
Stuart Alexander Wm. H. Dyer Jones
B. Devereux Barker III Bruce Kirby
Christine Belanger John Lammerts van Bueren
Bruno Bich Elizabeth E. Meyer
John S. Burnham Rob Mundle
William Collier Peter J. Montgomery
Bob Fisher Hamish Ross
Germán Frers John Rousmaniere
Richard Gladwell Bruno Troublé
Halsey C. Herreshoff Tom Whidden

About the Herreshoff Marine Museum

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.

Website:  www.herreshoff.org/achof

America’s Cup Hall of Fame to induct three personalities in 2017: John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson and Syd Fischer

Bristol, RI – 28 March, 2017. The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame announces the 2017 inductees to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame: John K. Marshall, Doug Peterson, and Syd Fischer.

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame was founded in 1992, as an arm of the Herreshoff Marine Museum by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America's Cup defender and grandson of legendary yacht designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Over eighty legends of the Cup have been inducted into the Hall. Candidates eligible for consideration include members of the crew, designers, builders, syndicate leaders, supporters, chroniclers, and other individuals of merit. Each nominee is judged on the basis of outstanding ability, international recognition, character, performance, and contributions to the sport. The members of the Selection Committee are persons intimate with the history and traditions of America's Cup and committed to the integrity of the Hall of Fame.

The America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on October 5, 2017 in San Diego, California, aboard the U.S.S. Midway. 


John Knox MarshallJohn Knox Marshall (United States) b. 1942

John Marshall is the perfect example of a sailor who used his brilliant technical mind to develop a practical approach to winning sailboat races. His unique skill of blending the art and science of sailing helped him win the America’s Cup three times—once as a sailor, and, twice, as a coordinator of the design team. Dennis Conner remarked that Marshall “is the guy who talks the same language as the eggheads and the jocks.”

Marshall played a major role in nine America’s Cup campaigns, including Freedom’s successful defense in 1980 as a mainsail trimmer, and, his greatest victory, as design coordinator for Stars & Stripes’ successful challenge in 1987 in Australia. In 1988, he earned his third Cup victory as the design coordinator for the Stars & Stripes catamaran. For the 1995 and 2000 Cup cycles, he was the chairman of the PACT/Young America syndicates. 

He has excelled on both short-course racing and long-distance contests. Marshall was a champion collegiate sailor and he won a Bronze Medal in the Dragon class in the 1972 Olympic Games as crew for Donald S. Cohan. 

Marshall earned his A.B. degree in Molecular Genetics from Harvard College in 1963 and he subsequently studied at the Rockefeller Institute and the Stevens Institute of Technology. His education as a scientist was a major asset as he spent most of his career making boats sail fast by overseeing projects that improved sail, rig, and hull design. He spent 21 years at North Sails; as its President/CEO from 1983-1987, he oversaw productive advances in sail design and construction. 

In 1989, Marshall formed the Partnership for America’s Cup Technology (PACT), which supported U.S. campaigns for the 1992 defense of the Cup. During that time, he also chaired a panel of yacht designers that developed the America’s Cup Class, the formula-rule that was used for five Cup series from 1992 to 2007.  

Doug PetersonDoug Peterson (United States) b. 1945

Doug  Peterson, a two-time winner of the America’s Cup, was a member of the design teams for America3 (winner in 1992), Team New Zealand (winner in 1995), and Prada Challenge (2000 and 2003). Peterson’s brilliant understanding of the art of yacht design and a strong grasp of measurement rules made him one of the best naval architects of his generation. “He has a huge talent for designing a boat that can go through waves—any kind of waves. Plus, his knowledge of yachting is second to none,” declares David Egan, one of his former colleagues. 

Peterson’s talent is best exemplified by his work as a lead designer of Team New Zealand’s Black Magic (NZL-32), one of the most dominant yachts in America’s Cup history. Black Magic’s boat-speed, estimated to be about three and half minutes faster on the Cup course than the American defender, helped Team New Zealand deliver a 5-0 victory in the 1995 match. Including the match, Team New Zealand achieved an incredible 42-1 record with an average margin of victory of 3:06. Black Magic’s advantage in speed was due in part to Peterson’s decision to design her with a narrow beam and a mast positioned further aft than her conventional counterparts, establishing a new paradigm in America’s Cup Class yacht design. Peterson further attributed the success of the boat to using a total approach to design: “We started on a path with the hull, but then interconnected other components like mast and sails, always looking at it as a whole. That is our strength." 

In addition to his success in the America's Cup, Peterson is also well known for dominating the IOR offshore racing scene in the 70's and 80's and for designing scores of fast, popular and successful one-off and production racing and cruising boats. He is a self-taught naval architect whose influences included his father—an aerospace engineer—and yacht designer Wendell “Skip” Calkins. Peterson reflects, "I started putting boats down on paper when I was 10, and have never wanted to do anything else."  

Syd FischerSyd Fischer (Australia) b. 1927

Australia’s Syd Fischer stands with high-profile Ulster-Scot, Sir Thomas Lipton, as the only yachtsmen to have mounted five self-funded challenges for the America’s Cup in the event’s 166-year history.

Now aged 90, Fischer is also noted for launching the America’s Cup careers of some of today’s most famous Australian yachtsmen, in particular Jimmy Spithill, Iain Murray and Hugh Treharne, who was tactician aboard the 1983 Cup winner, Australia II. Fischer entered the America’s Cup arena in 1983 with his challenge contender, Advance. Then, for the Cup defense in Fremantle in 1986-87, he campaigned the whimsically named Steak’n’Kidney (rhyming slang for his home city, Sydney). In 1992, it was Challenge Australia; in 1995, Sydney ’95, and, in 2000, Young Australia, with Spithill at the helm. Fischer, who on many occasions sailed aboard his Cup yachts, also took a direct interest in the administration of the America’s Cup as a member of the Challenger of Record Committee.

Outside of the America’s Cup, Syd Fischer is recognized as Australia’s most successful offshore sailor. He has tasted victory in two of the world’s major ocean racing events–the Sydney to Hobart and the Fastnet race–won the One Ton Cup world championship and led six Australian campaigns for the Admiral’s Cup in England. His achievements in yachting have earned him the prestigious Order of the British Empire medal, induction into the New South Wales Sports Hall of Fame, and being named Australia’s Yachtsman of the Year on two occasions.


America’s Cup Hall of Fame Selection Committee 
R. Steven Tsuchiya, Chairman
Stuart Alexander
B. Devereux Barker III
Christine Belanger
Bruno Bich
John S. Burnham
William Collier
Bob Fisher
Richard Gladwell
Halsey C. Herreshoff
Gary Jobson
Wm. H. Dyer Jones
Bruce Kirby
Elizabeth E. Meyer
Peter J. Montgomery
Rob Mundle
Hamish Ross
John Rousmaniere
Bruno Troublé
John Lammerts van Bueren
Tom Whidden

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.

For press inquiries about the 2017 America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction, please contact: Elisabeth Lavers
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March, 2017

This February, the Museum partnered with Rhode Island Marine Trades Association to host a Marine Trades Exploration Week for 7th and 8th grade students from Thompson Middle School in Newport. The students enjoyed a week long program at the museum during the school break that introduced them to the wide variety of fields in the marine trades industry. Students learned about carving wooden half hulls, constructing yacht rigging and spars, building composites components, sail making and more. The program used these experiences to teach students to build their own Herreshoff pond yacht model sailboats that they are able to take home at the conclusion of the program. (View Photos: Here)

During the week we toured Rhode Island schools and businesses to learn about career opportunities in the marine trades and the skills required to enter those fields. We toured IYRS’s campuses in Bristol and Newport where we learned about marine systems, composite construction and traditional boat building. Nate Williams and Laura Beigel at Zim Sailing taught us about dinghy construction, design and innovation. As well as all that Zim Sailing does to support the high tech world of dinghy racing. While at Quantum Bristol Sails we learned how sails are designed and built from Gary Leduc and Tim Grieves. Gary and Tim designed our sails for our pond yachts and Tim volunteered to help us assemble them at the museum! At Goetz Composites Peggy Clay let us see the exciting and super-secret projects they are building out of composites and taught us about the importance of transferable skills in the field. Finally we visited Symmetrix Composite Tooling with Clare Evans who provided us with an amazing experience, an up-close tour of their new large format 5 axis CNC machine center, which is so large it has to be seen to be truly appreciated!

A huge thank you to RIMTA, The van Buren Charitable Foundation and all of the local companies that helped make this program possible! It would not have been a success without your support! Please contact Kirk Cusic at the Herreshoff Marine Museum if you have any questions or would like to support similar programs for youth.

Febuary 23, 2017: Tour Captian Nat's Model Room with Halsey & Maynard, Click Here

January 2017 Newsletter, Click Here

December 19, 2016: Winter Volunteer Projects, Click Here

November 28, 2016: Holiday Party Announcment, Click Here

November, 2016: Fall Family Open House, Click Here

September 2016 Newsletter, Click Here

August 2016: Regatta Announcment: Click Here

America’s Cup Hall of Fame to Induct Two Personalities in 2016: Ernesto Bertarelli and Lord Dunraven
July 19, 2016 (BRISTOL, RI) - The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame announces the 2016 inductees to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame: Mr. Ernesto Bertarelli, two-time winner of the Cup in 2003 and 2007 and runner up in 2010, and the late 4th Earl of Dunraven, Cup challenger in 1893 and 1895.
The America’s Cup Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 as an arm of the Herreshoff Marine Museum by Halsey Herreshoff, a four-time America's Cup defender and grandson of legendary yacht designer Nathanael G. Herreshoff. Over eighty legends of the Cup have been inducted into the Hall. Candidates eligible for consideration include members of the crew, designers, builders, syndicate leaders, supporters, chroniclers, and other individuals of merit. Each nominee is judged on the basis of outstanding ability, international recognition, character, performance, and contributions to the sport. The members of the Selection Committee are persons intimate with the history and traditions of America's Cup and committed to the integrity of the Hall of Fame.
The 2016 America’s Cup Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in New York City on October 21 at the New York Yacht Club.
Ernesto Bertarelli (SUI) b. 1965
As founder, owner, and crewmember of the first Cup boats from Switzerland, all named Alinghi, Bertarelli won the America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand in 2003, and defended it successfully in Valencia, Spain in 2007. In 2010 at Valencia, in the first Cup match between two multihulls, Alinghi’s winning streak came to end.

Bertarelli sailed aboard his Cup yachts continuing the Cup tradition of owner-sailors that have included Harold Vanderbilt, T.O.M. Sopwith, and Ted Turner.  Bertarelli competed in all the races in the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd America's Cup matches in several roles, including navigator, afterguard member, backstay trimmer, and, in 2010, as helmsman.

Bertarelli's vision for the America's Cup clearly broke boundaries. The first Cup winner from continental Europe, he took the Cup back to Europe and produced the 32nd America's Cup in Valencia, which was among the most successful events in the competition’s post-war history. That event hosted more challengers than any other, Fremantle excepted.

Bertarelli also organized the first Acts (now called the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series), a series of regattas for the challengers and the defender which toured venues in Europe.

The 33rd Match in 2010, beset by legal challenges, was eventually decided on the water by gigantic multihulls, the fastest Cup yachts ever built up to that time, with the Alinghi team losing the Cup to BMW Oracle Racing. 

Alongside his achievements in other highly competitive circuits, Ernesto Bertarelli shows a depth of ability to build talented teams and a remarkable determination to win. He has created a new winning tradition in Swiss sailing and has both inspired and invested in the next generation of his nation’s sailors.
Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl (GBR) (1841-1926)
Lord Dunraven was an Oxford graduate, cavalry officer, war correspondent, adventurer, big game hunter, politician, racehorse owner and yachtsman. He was also a great lover of the United States and her people, investing in land in Colorado and hunting elk with Buffalo Bill Cody in Nebraska.
A fully qualified yacht captain and helmsman in his own right, he did much to encourage yacht racing and the advance of yacht design. He was also a prolific yacht owner with myriad small racing yachts, Big Class racers, cruisers, and power yachts.
In 1893, Lord Dunraven challenged the Cup’s holder, the New York Yacht Club. During the negotiations over the conditions of the match, Dunraven achieved the concession to drop the Inside Course (a notorious course, riddled with shoals and strong currents, that favored the defender) from the menu of courses used up to that time for the Cup races. From that point on, only the Ocean Course, free from headlands, and largely free of shoals, was used for the races, benefitting all future challengers.
For the match, Dunraven hired the brilliant George L. Watson to design his contender, Valkyrie II.  While she was out-sailed by the defending Vigilant, the first Herreshoff Cup defender, the races attracted vast crowds and increased the popularity of the Cup as a sporting spectacle. The last race in the series was one of the most exciting in America’s Cup history, with Vigilant trailing for many miles until finally overtaking Valkyrie II near the finish, winning by just 40 seconds on corrected time—the closest Cup race up to that time.
Having caught “America’s Cup fever”, Dunraven returned in 1895 with the Watson-designed Valkyrie III, a pioneer of the modern challenger, which was better adapted to local racing conditions and more professionally managed than any previous challenger. But the race series descended into acrimony by misunderstandings and disagreements between the competitors.
The spectator fleet had grown to unmanageable proportions and was perceived as a major problem by the challenger. A minor collision in the second race for which Valkyrie III was found to be at fault led Dunraven to withdraw from the series. Thereafter he made increasingly intemperate accusations, and yacht racing made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Dunraven was one of the leading yachtsmen of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His two campaigns for the Cup raised the level of Cup racing and were directly responsible for ushering in the Cup’s classic golden age from Sir Thomas Lipton’s challenges to those of T.O.M. Sopwith.

May 2016 Newsletter: Click Here

Schooner Mariette Returns to the Herreshoff Marine Museum to Celebrate Her Centennial
June 4, 2015 (BRISTOL, RI) – The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame is thrilled to welcome the 138’ schooner MARIETTE back to Bristol for her 100th birthday.  MARIETTE (HMCo. #772) was designed by Nat Herreshoff and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in the South Shop on Bristol Harbor in 1915.  She is one of only nine steel HMCo. schooners and one of a pair still sailing today. 
Contracted by Frederick Brown for $75,000, she has had 16 owners since, several of whom have contributed to her unprecedented survival by implementing significant restorations.  Her current owner brings MARIETTE to Rhode Island to race in the Transatlantic Race from Newport to Lizard Point in the UK.  She starts with IRC Class 4 on June 28th.
Bill Lynn, President & Executive Director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum, is looking forward to seeing MARIETTE at the museum’s dock.  “The big steel schooners were an incredibly important yet often overlooked chapter in the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, and MARIETTE is one of only two left.  We’re incredibly fortunate that circumstances brought her home to Bristol for her 100th birthday, and we’re excited about sharing this event with the residents of Bristol and the guests at our Summer Gala on June 20th.”
MARIETTE is scheduled to arrive in Bristol on Saturday, June 20th, and she’ll stay until the 22nd when she’ll make the return trip to Newport to finish preparations for the Transatlantic Race.

Bill Lynn Joins Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame as Executive Director

March 10, 2015 (BRISTOL, RI) – The Board of Directors of the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome Bill Lynn as Executive Director.  Bill takes the reins from Larry Lavers who is retiring after a successful 4-year tenure during which he oversaw the organization’s return to financial stability and the launching of several key projects.
Bill is a lifelong sailor and classic yachting enthusiast with a background in marketing and communications.  He leaves behind almost 3 decades of success in the for-profit world to help lead the transformation of the Herreshoff Marine Museum from a relatively undiscovered treasure to the vibrant cultural institution that the organization believes it has the potential to be.
David Ford, the Chairman of the Board Of Directors, added, “Over the last several years, the Museum has built a solid organizational and financial foundation that supports the cornerstone of our new strategic plan, which is growing our audience, in the region and around the world. Bill has the perfect set of skills and experience to lead the Museum in a new phase of growth.”
Lynn joins Herreshoff Marine Museum at an exciting time. Work is well advanced on the scale model of Reliance, an important piece of work as it is emblematic of the incredibly innovative approach that the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company brought to the design, engineering and construction of this massive America’s Cup yacht.  Also in the works are three projects that will provide a much-anticipated facelift to the campus including the renovation of the Bay House on the waterfront, a new fence to replace the existing chain-link version on the waterfront and the restoration of the tallest flagpole in Rhode Island (107’ high) in time for Bristol’s 4th of July celebration.
According to Dyer Jones, America’s Cup historian and the museum’s Chief Collections Officer, “Bill is a wonderful addition to the Museum.  He is a dynamic leader, and we all look forward to working with him.”
“I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity”, Lynn said. “As my predecessor Larry Lavers so eloquently put it, the launching pad is complete; now we just need to build the rocket.  The rocket-building process will be challenging, but with the help of the museum’s generous supporters, partners and volunteers, I’m confident we’ll show some real progress toward that goal this year – and we’ll have some fun while we’re at it.”

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July 2015 Newsletter

New Flagpole! New Waterfront! 
It's finally coming together! Our brand new 107' flagpole combined with the new wall and fence combine to provide a dramatic face lift for the HMM waterfront. We're planning to hold a dedication of the flagpole (along with refreshments, of course) to Carlton Pinhiero, our longtime Curator who passed away in 2000. This event will give us a chance to formally recognize everyone who contributed to this effort and to celebrate the legacy of a gentleman who was incredibly important to this organization. Look for more on this in the coming weeks. Click Here to see Photos of the Installation.

We Danced the Night Away
On Saturday June 20, 150 members and supporters of the Museum came together under our brilliantly decorated waterfront tent to enjoy The Reliance Gala, our summer celebration of the Herreshoff Superyachts. At the dock was MARIETTE (HMCo. 772), the 110-foot Herreshoff schooner, celebrating her 100th birthday and returning to her birthplace for this event. Spectacular décor by Janice Kellycombined with an awesome dinner by Blackstone Cateringhelped make the evening special, and it was highlighted by jazz legend and S Class sailor Paul del Nero and his amazing band who kept us all on the dance floor until past closing time. The evening was a roaring success on the fundraising side as well, and we raised over $60,000 which will help us to fund a number of key programs including the redesign of our Museum building to accommodate the Reliance model (therelianceproject.com).

7th Classic Yacht Symposium™SNAME logo
Call for Papers & Save the Date

Exploring the Breadth & Boundaries of Classic Yachts
A Collaborative Event to Enhance Understanding, Appreciation and Exploration of New Ideas on all Aspects of Classic Yachts

May 20-22, 2016 at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
Designers, builders, restorers, preservers, owners, sailors, students and dreamers of future projects are invited to submit a paper on a subject relative to excellence in classic yacht design, maintenance, restoration, replication and performance. For more information and details, click here

PROCYON: Sailing Forward from Modern to Traditional
Written by Bruce Bradley

The story of PROCYON is about much more than finding my grandfather's boat. It is about going back from the modern to the classic boat and discovering that the basics of sailing without many of the modern amenities and technology can be very rewarding. Especially significant is the excellent performance of the old designs. PROCYON is a very fast boat. Click Here to read the full article. 

Curator's Log: "NGH and the AC"
Part 15: The 13th Challenge - Negotiating the Challenge (1903-13)

As noted in Part 14, the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), in successfully defending the Cup in 1903, had achieved its primary objective to beat Sir Thomas Lipton so decisively that he would go away and not challenge again for a long time. Ten years would go by before Sir Thomas' next challenge was accepted and a race scheduled. Click Here to read more...

May 2015 Newsletter:

Mary Rose Wins in Antigua

Mary Rose - Photo by Ed Gifford
The class of the recent Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta was the 1926 Herreshoff Schooner Mary Rose, winning her class with straight bullets and a boatload of Herreshoff style. Photo by Ed Gifford.

Charlie Enright Makes a "Stopover" at HMM

Alvimedica skipper and Bristol resident Charlie Enright and his navigator Will Oxley gave a riveting presentation to over 350 enthusiastic fans under the tent on Monday, May 11. They told some great stories from their trip around the planet, and they showed us some fantastic video from the boat. If you missed it this time, don't worry - Charlie says the push is on to do it again, so mark your calendars for May 2018.
Click here to see some great photos from the evening courtesy of Bob Baglini.

The Summer Gala is Heating Up

Join us on June 20th at 6:30pm for the Remarkable Reliance Gala. Enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing, and a wonderful live auction on the waterfront, and help celebrate the centennial of the Schooner Mariette of 1915. Dress is Black Tie Optional, but we would love to see everyone in 1915-style finery! Proceeds help support the Museum. For tickets and more information, visit www.herreshoff.org/events.

3rd of July Fireworks at the Museum

On the eve of the Independence Day free-for-all here in Bristol, we'll be holding our annual 3rd of July waterfront dinner party.  This year's event promises to be extra special with catering by BBQ master Patrick DeSocio and the team from Preppy Pig. Tickets are $50 ($12 for kids), and you can buy them at the Museum Store or online here.  All proceeds benefit the museum, so please come on down, watch the fireworks and celebrate with us!

Introducing Peacock Alley House - the Coolest Vacation Rental in Bristol

Starting this month, HMM will be offering our newly-renovated Peacock Alley House for weekend and vacation rental.  So named because it stands on the former site of Peacock Alley, the winter storage yard for several of the mighty J-Class yachts, this bright & modern four bedroom, three bath house can comfortably sleep 8 and boasts unreal views of Bristol Harbor and Narragansett Bay from almost every room.  Swim off the dock, go for a sail on the bay or stroll into town for some shopping. You'll never want to leave! Rental details can be found at www.peacockalleyhouse.com. For more information, contact Liz Marchi at e.marchi@herreshoff.org.

Curator's Log
The Men of Herreshoff - The Watchmen

The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (HMCo) employed watchmen at night and on Sundays for fire safety and security. And proving that secrecy and subterfuge are not new to the America's Cup, HMCo placed a sentry at the entrance to the shop where Cup yachts were built and "Woe be to the prying newspaper reporters and others who attempt to get into the shops without a pass". Usually their work went unnoticed, but when something did happen, it often found its way into the pages of The Bristol Phoenix. Read More...

March 2015 Newsletter:

New Executive Director

Written by David Ford
As the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame, I am pleased to welcome Bill Lynn as our new Executive Director.  Bill takes the reigns from Larry Lavers who is retiring after a successful 4-year tenurem during which he oversaw the Museum's return to financial stability and the launching of multiple key projects.

Bill is a lifelong sailor and classic yachting enthusiast with a background in marketing and communications.  He is leaving behind almost 3 decades of success in the for-profit world to help lead the transformation of the Herreshoff Marine Museum from a relatively undiscovered treasure to the vibrant cultural institution that the organization believes it has the potential to be.

Over the last several years, the Museum has built a solid organizational and financial foundation that supports the cornerstone of our new strategic plan, which is growing our audience - in our local community, in the New England region and around the world. Bill has the perfect set of skills and experience to lead the Museum in a new phase of growth.

Ask the Experts

Join us on March 19th for a panel discussion with experts from Bristol's marine industry to discuss spring maintenance work, mistakes to avoid, and more. Including wooden and fiberglass boat maintenance, sails and rigging, painting, commissioning, boat insurance, and boat yard advice. Reserve your tickets today by calling (401) 253-5000 or by purchasing tickets online. The HMM Lecture Series is sponsored by: Pure Insurance, Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery and Nantucket Vineyard. Reception to begin at 6:00pm. 

Frost Biter's Bash

Our third annual Frost Biter's Bash was a tremendous success, raising over $75K for the Museum! In spite of the chilly weather over 200 people left their warm and comfortable homes to attend the Bash, and all involved had a fabulous time. The entire Museum was transformed into a magically romantic venue for the evening, with delicious food tastings from local restaurants and caterers, multiple open bars, dancing and both silent and live auctions. A great time was had by all, and the funds generated will help us restore the flagpole and fund the operation of the museum. A big thanks to all who participated and special thanks to our very hardworking FBB committee.

Sailing Season is Almost Here! Sign Up Today

It's hard to imagine that in just 2 short months the ice will be gone and we will be launching our 12 ½ fleet for the start of our sailing season! The youth seamanship program is shaping up nicely as registrations come filing in every day. If you or someone you know wants to get out on the water, we are offering one week sessions for ages 7-17, including an instructor-in-training program for 15-16 year olds. Programs start June 22 and run until August 21. Registration forms can be found on our website.

The adult seamanship program is offering some great opportunities this summer! Join us for Wednesday women's sailing and beginner & intermediate classes throughout the week. Advanced sailors can take advantage of our Intro to Racing class on our recently acquired Sea Sprite 23, as well as our spinnaker class.

Don't want to take a class but still want to get out on the water? Join our 12 ½ sailboat rental program! Sign up for one of two memberships and sail a 12 ½ on Narragansett Bay on your own time. Checkout required, email the Sailing Director, Maria Coughlin at m.coughlin@herreshoff.org, for details. 

Newly Renovated Bay House

Starting in the Spring of 2015, the Herreshoff Museum will be offering overnight accommodations in its newly renovated Bay House, which is sited right on Narragansett Bay and is a just a short two block walk into town. This bright & modern four bedroom, three bath house can comfortably sleep 8 and boasts unparalleled water views from almost every room, with a generously sized open plan first floor and a fully applianced kitchen. Swim off the deck - walk over to your boat - or stroll into town for some shopping. You'll never want to leave! Rental details and pricing are to be determined. For more information, contact Liz Marchi at e.marchi@herreshoff.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

HMM is seeking volunteers for our upcoming season. If you're interested in classic yachts, Bristol history, the America's Cup, or if you just enjoy being near the water, then you will love this place! Volunteers make the museum work, and we offer a number of cool perks in return for your time and energy. An information session will be at the museum on Saturday, April 11th at10am. For more information, contact Jessica Collinge at (401) 396-5839 or by email at j.collinge@herreshoff.org.

Curator's Log:

The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company:  Notes on Core Customers

The RELIANCE Project Team led by Sandy Lee is developing important insights into the workings of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (HMCo) at the turn-of-the-century. Sandy presented their observations at the museum's February Lecture, "Wonderfully Modern HMCo! Still Relevant Today". 

They observed that with multiple product lines "HMCo (was) a very complex business" and that many of HMCo's business, engineering and manufacturing processes were "to mitigate and reduce complexity". Sandy's process view of HMCo consists of six building blocks that contributed to success. The "Marketing and Contracting" process engaged a core group of customers with repeat business across all HMCo product lines, used a direct sales approach, with fast, simple fixed price contracts and sought to influence sailing masters (the technical experts) to their products.

This paper expands on Sandy's lecture with examples of core customers and their significant contribution to the Herreshoff Company and its legacy.

Read More, Click Here.

Previous Newsletters from 2014: 

December Newsletter

Win A Sailing Dinghy

Win a Spanish DinghyRaffle Tickets are for sale NOW for $50 per ticket. Purchase tickets at the museum or by phone, (401) 253-5000. Winning ticket will be drawn at the Frost Biter's Bash. Presence is encouraged but not required to win.  

Built in 1962 at the Mallorca Yacht and Boat Construction Association, Puerto Pollensa, Balearic Islands, Spain, this lovely, cold-molded dinghy was tender to the yacht, TRADITION. Robert and Ann Rulon-Miller of Bristol engaged A. Sidney DeW. Herreshoff to design TRADITION (LOA 42', LWL 30', B 11'8", D 4'8") for cruising in the Virgin Islands.  

Donated by Ann Rulon-Miller in memory of Robert Rulon-Miller.

Frost Biter's Bash

The Third Annual Frost Biter's Bash isFebruary 7th, 2015. Celebrate with a taste of the East Bay! Eat at food stations provided by local vendors, drink at multiple bars, dance in the historic Hall of Boats, & More! Have fun and support this renowned Rhode Island institution. 

Tickets are $85 per person; Patron Tickets are $250.
For a limited time, if you purchase 5 tickets, the 6th is FREE.
Purchase tickets online: Click Here

Vendor & Sponsorship Opportunities are Available.

Keep Old Glory Flying

The Herreshoff Marine Museum is currently raising funds on indiegogo.com to repair our iconic flagpole. At 107 feet tall, complete with gaff and crosstrees, our flagpole, we believe, is the tallest in the state of Rhode Island. Sadly, when the flagpole was taken down for maintenance in the fall of 2013 it was discovered that there is extensive rot in the lower portion of the pole, making it unsafe. We are seeking the support of the public to enable us to repair and reinstall the pole, at an estimated cost of $30,000, in time to celebrate the Fourth of July in proper style in 2015. Please help us raise the flag! 

Donate Now



Planned Campus Improvements

We are pleased to announce that we have received a $50,000 grant from The Champlin Foundations to replace the old chain link fence on our waterfront with a beautiful new decorative aluminum fence. This will be a significant step in the continuing upgrade of our historic campus. We have also received approval from the Bristol Historic District Commission to replace the wooden doors at the Museum's main entrance with a new ADA compliant glass door, funded by the Grayce B. Kerr Fund. These improvements, together with rehabilitation work to be performed on the Burnside Building at 22-26 Burnside Street in the spring, mean that the appearance of our campus will be considerably enhanced when we re-open the Museum next April.

Give the Gift of Sailing! 

Give the Gift of Sailing

Shopping for that hard to buy person on your list? Look no further! Give the gift of sailing with lessons this summer at the Herreshoff Museum. 2015 Registration forms can be found on the website for both youth & adult programs. Herreshoff 12 ½. Rentals are also available during the 2015 season. 

If you wish to purchase a sailing gift this season, please contact Sailing Director, Maria Coughlin, for more details at m.coughlin@herreshoff.org or 401-253-5000 ext. 220.


Snowflake Raffle & Store Specials

Bristol Snowflake Raffle The Museum is participating this year in Bristol's Snowflake Raffle. For every $25 spent in the gift store or online, get a chance to win fabulous prizes. Don't wait, the raffle ends on December 20th. 

Save up to 20% on select store items. See the coupon below and Click Here to visit our online store.


Charles Frederick Herreshoff II and the Herreshoff Motor Company 
Part Two: Boats Before Autos
Curator's Log

This is the second of two articles about naval architect, engineer and automobile entrepreneur Charles Frederick Herreshoff II and the Herreshoff Motor Company he founded. Part One covered his early life and designs for racing yachts and auto-boats up to the founding of the Herreshoff Motor Company in September 1908. Read More: Click Here...


November 2014 Newsletter

Donate to the Year End Appeal

It is critical that we continue to preserve and interpret the invaluable cultural heritage represented by the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame. We can only do that with your help! Your support and the support of others like you have enabled a genuine renaissance at the Museum. Click Here to read our report on the year past and to discover the tremendous progress your contributions have made possible.

Upcoming Lecture

Don't miss our next exciting lecture on November 20. In the summer of 2014 Jean-Pierre ("JP") Mouligne, his wife Kate, their two children and two French cousins sailed from Bristol to France aboard their 45 foot sloop Flamili. The family will discuss their preparation for the trip and describe their adventures at sea. You will meet the family during the reception preceding the lecture. The reception will begin at 6:00 and the lecture at 7:00.

Reserve your ticket by calling 401-253-5000 or online.
Children under 12 are FREE.

Can You Identify this Hardware?

Recently, the Museum was asked about the hardware shown in this photograph. Can you help us identify this item? Click Here to see larger photos. 
The part is bronze and the name Paxton & Co. is cast into the body. The outside diameter of the large ring is 5.5" and the inside diameter is 3.375". The story goes (perhaps embellished over the years) that this part was conceived by Teo Petterson, a sailmaker working with Starling Burgess and Harold Vanderbilt in 1934; and that this hardware was used aboard the Cup defender. Supposedly only four of these were made and used before the part was banned. If you know what this part is, please email your suggestion(s) to: info@herreshoff.org.


Give the Gift of Sailing! 

Give the Gift of Sailing

As we all gear up for the holidays, we can't forget about our incredible summer of sailing. And what better gift to give than a sailing class or lesson to a loved one for the holidays? 2015 registration forms are available and we have some exciting programs in store for both youth and adults. The youth program will be offering 1 week sessions with continued half or full day classes.  Awards, family sail & ice cream social everyFriday afternoon! New spinnaker & racing classes will be offered in the adult program, as well as our 12 ½rental program. Give an experience that won't soon be forgotten! To sign-up for a sailing gift certificate, contact Sailing Director Maria Coughlin (m.coughlin@herreshoff.org).


New Items in the Store 

The Museum Gift Store has recently stocked up on New Fall Colors of the Embroidered Luster Loft Blankets. New colors include: Soft Beige, Golden Dune, Chocolate, & Patriot Blue. These blankets are perfect for keeping warm on Thanksgiving Day. The Museum Store has also restocked the Amaryllis Patent T-shirt, now in both Natural and Ice Gray.

Charles Frederick Herreshoff II and the Herreshoff Motor Company 
Part One: Boats Before Autos
Curator's Log

This is the first of a two part series about naval architect, engineer and automobile entrepreneur Charles Frederick Herreshoff II and the Herreshoff Motor Company he founded. Read More: Click Here...


October Newsletter, 2014

Lecture Series

Photo by Mary FeenyThe 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

Concept sketch of the new history wall and entranceThanks 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

Sailing School 2014We 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

Help us host more successful events by completing an anonymous Post Event Survery: Click Here
Regatta Photo by Svetlana Ivanoff

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

Sea Sprite

GOURGEOUS, George Cochran – 1974 Sea Sprite

Herreshoff 12½

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 30RELIANCE and a wooden speedboat ornament in stock.

Completion of ARIA's Restoration for the BB25 Centennial
Curator's Log

ARIA's RestorationPaul 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...


August Newsletter, 2014

Herreshoff Classic Regatta & Rendezvous
August 22-24th

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
Photo by Richard W. Dionne, Jr

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.” ... ...

Click Here to Read More... 

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

Photo by Svetlana Ivanoff

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. 
Click Here to view a H 12½ & Sailing School Photo Gallery

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.  


Past News:

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, m.powell@herreshoff.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 BrewersTriple 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 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.  

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