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Past Lecture Series:

Thursday, June 23rd: Sail Twice Around  

Presented by Donna Lange

Having completed her second solo circumnavigation of the world, Donna Lange, will present a photo and music presentation encompassing the preparation and execution of her sailing feat. She will share the most dynamic stories and the incredible effect of being offshore sailing the world’s powerful ocean environments on her 28foot sailboat: both how she managed the challenges on board, as well as how this incredible opportunity changed her in the deepest way possible, opening her life to be empowered by the infinite source of life energy.

Donna Lange began sailing in 1999, as crew on a traditional tall ship in Baltimore MD. The captain, Virginia Wagner, offered Donna a position on her next commission for the Millenium 2000 Tall Ship Regatta around the world. At that moment, Donna knew it was the perfect opportunity to move forward in her life. Two weeks later Captain Wagner had to inform Donna that the ship went aground during the delivery of the vessel to Florida...the trip was canceled. But at that point, the vision to sail the world took hold. Donna accepted an opportunity to work in the charter business in the Virgin Islands for one year where her vision gained energy and she found SV_Inspired Insanity, a Southern Cross 28', then named Tryst. The refits began. 2002-2004 Donna sailed a solo circumnavigation of the North Atlantic during which she determined she wanted a longer offshore experience. She returned and became a USCG 100ton master's captain, and in 2005-2007 she did a solo circumnavigation of the world via Cape Hope and Cape Horn with only two stops before crossing her outbound track becoming the fastest US woman to solo sail the world. In 2015, Donna took off, again from Bristol RI, to do a nonstop solo circumnavigation. Having had difficulty with her self-steering and enduring a harsh storm season in the Southern Ocean, she capsized two times, losing her communication systems as well as power sources, on her approach to Cape Horn. Donna chose to head north to the Panama Canal to complete her circumnavigation on May 27th, landing on the dock at the Herreshoff Museum, where she departed from in July 2015. 

Donna is a USCG 100ton master captain, a professional nurse BSN, MHA/ED, the mother of four children and eleven grandchildren. She plays music professionally, has published two children’s books illustrated by Bonnie Blue, as well as has produced four CDs of her songs. She is presently penning her first book about her healing journey solo sailing the world. 

Thursday, May 19th, 2016: The Herreshoff Fish Class: 100 Years  

Presented by Alec Brainerd

As a teaser for the upcoming Classic Yacht Symposium, Alec Brainerd will present a section of his paper "The Herreshoff Fish Class: 100 Years." Alec will also have his Fish, SCULPLIN, at the Museum for viewing. 

This paper discusses the origins and history of the Herreshoff 16-foot Class (aka Fish Class) from 1916 to 1938, with particular emphasis on HMCo #816, SCULPIN.  It goes on to recount the later history and 2016 restoration of SCULPIN at Artisan Boatworks in Rockport, Maine, and the construction of a new Fish Class replica called TULIP. General sailing characteristics and identification of existing boats are also covered.

After many years working in boatyards as a shipwright and crewing on large classic yachts around the world, Alec, a Maine native, founded Artisan Boatworks in 2002.  He lives in Rockport with his wife and two daughters.  Alec and his family enjoy skiing and the Camden Snow Bowl in the winter months, and sailing their Sparkman & Stephens yawl NORA in the summer.  For more information about restorations and construction of new replicas at Artisan Boatworks, please visit www.ArtisanBoatworks.com.  (Photo courtesy of Luke Boelitz)

Hall Spars
Thursday, February 18
From Herreshoff to Hall Spars – 150 years of spar building in Bristol

Hall Spars & Rigging President and co-founder Eric Hall joins us to talk about the evolution of spar making in Bristol. He'll present a strong case for Bristol as the cradle of spar innovation from HMCo in the 1880s to Hall Spars today, and he'll share some of the cutting-edge work being done today by his company – not just in the marine space, but in the aerospace industry as well.


Photo Credit: The Mariner's Museum, VirginaThursday, January 21st, 2016
Faculty and Students from Roger Williams University on First Women in Sailboat Racing 

The talk will examine the role that women played in early sailboating racing in the America’s Cup. The talk will focus on four cases studies: Hope Goddard Iselin, Gertrude Vanderbilt, Phyllis Sopwith, and Susan Henn.

Presenters include: Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Sean Carroll, Alexandra Guzman, Timothy Kelleher, Breanne Messier, Austin Richard, & Rebecca White


Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Roger Taylor on L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer 

   Roger Taylor is a self-described boat nut. He's been messing around in boats (by hundreds) for 75 years, including a dozen designed by L. Francis Herreshoff and a few designed by N. G. Herreshoff and built at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Among the latter is the Buzzard's Bay 25-footer Aria, now resident at the Herreshoff Marine Museum, which he owned, raced, and sailed from 1949 to 1959. 

   Taylor served in the U. S. Navy as a deck officer in a destroyer and a diesel submarine. He was a leader at the U. S. Naval Institute, the Navy's professional society and publishing arm, and founder and leader at International Marine Publishing Co. in Camden, Maine, where he published two of L. Francis Herreshoff's books, Sensible Cruising Designs and An L. Francis Herreshoff Reader. His biography of L. Francis Herreshoff is his eighth book.

   Taylor lives afloat with his wife, Kathleen Carney, in two boats depending on season: the Water Lily, a 31-foot Dutch, steel canal cruiser in France, and the Pelican, a 31-foot auxiliary sloop on the U. S. East Coast.

   L. Francis Herreshoff lived from 1890 to 1972, and, though not prolific, he designed yachts that will always be considered classics. Beginning his career in the shadow of his famous father, Nathanael G. Herreshoff, he emerged to become a designer who would come close to the perfection of form in yacht design. Despite his exquisite designs and wise, published writings on the subject, L. Francis never achieved the popularity of a John Alden or an Olin Stephens, yet his influence on yachting, now and in the future, deserves its place alongside those leaders. It is a purpose of this book to allow that possibility by presenting evidence of Francis Herreshoff’s genius for public judgment. 

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Stan Grayson on A Genius at His Trade: C. Raymond Hunt and His Remarkable Boats

   In a presentation specially prepared for the Herreshoff Marine Museum, historian and writer Stan Grayson will talk about the life and work of Ray Hunt. He will examine some of the key formative events in Hunt’s life, discuss his extraordinary skills as a sailor, present an overview of several of Hunt’s most important designs and, finally, discuss which three Hunt designs can be considered most revolutionary in their impact on the yachting scene. Stan’s talk will be illustrated by a selection of photos from the book. 

   Stan Grayson is an historian widely known for his books and articles about American yachting and small-craft history, and the automobile and marine engine industries. He is the author of many articles and books. His work has appeared in Automobile Quarterly, Nautical Quarterly, and WoodenBoat, among other publications.  Among his books are Ferrari, the Man, the Machines, Cape Cod Catboats, and The Wianno Senior Story, a Century on Nantucket Sound.


Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Donna Lange: "Sail Twice Around: Non-Stop Sail around the World"

Photo by Billy Black
Presented by Donna Lange

On July 26th, 2015, Donna Lange will depart on INspired INsanity to solo sail around the world nonstop. Come listen to her story about her first trip around the world and how she plans to do it again. 

Donna Lange is not just a grandmother of 11—she’s a musician, songwriter, registered nurse, delivery captain, the founder of OceansWatch North America and one of the few American female sailors to circumnavigate solo. In 2007, Donna sailed around the globe and stopped twice along the way. Now she’s planning to again circumnavigate solo on her Southern Cross 28 Inspired Insanity, this time non-stop. She’ll leave Bristol, Rhode Island, in July and return in May 2016. Along the way she’ll raise funds for OceansWatch. To fund her trip, Donna is producing a CD and the book, Finding My Way in Song. - - Read More...

Photo by Billy Black

Monday, May 11th, 2015:

A Chat With Charlie, Team Alvimedica Skipper

Presented by Charlie Enright & Navigator Will Oxley

Monday, May 11, 2015 HHM lecture series presents: “A Chat with Charlie, Team Alvimedica Skipper”
Charlie Enright, our own Bristolian, skipper of the outstanding team Alvimedica, now on their way from Brazil to Newport will be our May speaker talking about his experience in the toughest sail race around the world.
Check-in begins at 5pm and talk starts promptly at 6pm Please note the time as it is different from previous lectures. Please sign up early as this will be a sold out event.

March 19th
Ask the Experts: 
An evening session on boat maintenance & more 

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.

February 19th: "Wonderfully Modern HMCo: Insights that are Still Relevant for Today’s Business Leaders" presented by Arthur "Sandy" Lee

Volunteers at the Herreshoff Maritime Museum have been building a 1/6th scale, fully detailed museum display model of the great 1903 America’s Cup winner RELIANCE. At 37 feet tall and 34 feet long it promises to be one of the great large scale models in the world.
To build such a fine-scale model, the Team delved deeply into Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (HMCo) boat construction, customers, and business practices of the early 1900’s. They studied original construction plans, jigs and fixtures and business records, as well as reading contemporary journals and articles describing HMCo design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and administrative practices.
What is emerging is a fascinating look into a very high-tech advanced engineering and manufacturing business with practices that today’s businessmen would recognize as important attributes for their own success. The team has not only looked at individual business practices from marketing, design, manufacturing to aftermarket support, but also at how these functions were stitched together to create the best-known yacht building firm of its time.
Whether yachtsman, history buff, businessman, engineering or business student, or friend of the Museum, this lecture promises to be interesting and entertaining.

January 22nd: Llewellyn Howland III
The Annual Carlton Pinheiro Lecture

About the Book
Few twentieth-century Americans lived a more creative, event-filled, and often conflicted life than the Boston-born aviation pioneer and yacht designer W. Starling Burgess. Orphaned at twelve, Burgess received his first patent at nineteen, left Harvard, and, following the suicide of the first of his five wives, published a book of poetry at twenty-four. Among his children was the celebrated author-artist Tasha Tudor. 

Burgess was a personality of enormous charm, physical courage, and energy. He was also, as his son lamented, "a child who will not face hard facts, but will hide from them and will love the person who shields him from them." The tension between his personal and professional life had consequences both disturbing and tragic—and provides answers to questions, and insight into events, that cover the entire span of the twentieth century. Here, at last, is a book that cover the entire fascinating career of a genuine native polymath.


November 20th: JP Mouligne & Famliy


Jean-Pierre Mougligne, his wife Kate, their two children, and two French cousins set sail from Bristol on route to France via the Azores. After one month on the open ocean, the family of six arrived at the French port of Arzal. JP and his family will share their insights and stories of their journey aboard FLAMILI, a 1985 Jeanneau Sun Kiss 45. Please call the Museum, at 401-253-5000, to make a reser vation.
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John Jackson, "Rise of the Drones"
October 23rd, 2014

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) has been an extremely effective, yet controversial use of technology in warfare. Naval War College Professor John Jackson will provide an overview of the various 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. 

John E. Jackson is a professor in the Naval War College’s College of Distance Education. He teaches in the area of Theater Security Decision Making, and manages the Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program. Since November 2009 he has taught a highly-regarded elective course entitled “Unmanned Systems and Conflict in the 21st Century”.  

Retiring as a Navy Captain in 1998 after 27 years of service in the field of logistical support, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Communications from the University of New Mexico, a Master’s degree in Education from Providence College, and a Master’s degree in Management from Salve Regina University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Salve Regina University. He is also a graduate of the Management Development Program at Harvard University.


Halsey C. Herreshoff: Herreshoff Centennial Classes 
July 24th, 2014

Halsey C. Herreshoff

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"The evening of July 24, Halsey C. Herreshoff will deliver a program celebrating three Herreshoff Centennial Classes of sailing yachts. These are the Newport 29, about the most winning class of any Herreshoff or other grouping; the Buzzard's Bay 25, the favorite model of Halsey's Grandpa Captain Nathanael Greene Herreshoff; and the legendary Buzzards Bay Boys Boats, later dubbed Herreshoff 12 1/2 Footers, the world's first mass produced yachts of which 374 were built at the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company. Halsey will also provide stories about the 1914 schooner KATOURA,the largest Herreshoff sailing yacht ever built and the iconic RESOLUTE which successfully defended the America's Cup, comprising Captain Nat's sixth consecutive victory. Halsey will explain significant actions of the Herreshoff Manufacturing and its outstanding team that functioned so impressively in 1914, one of the most successful years in its history. Halsey speaks with remarkable insight from his naval architecture profession, four times America's Cup champion experience, and from Herreshoff family lore passed on by his late father Sidney Herreshoff."

Charlie Enright: Team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race

Tuesday, June 17th

A born leader and a naturally talented sailor, Charlie is well respected throughout the international sailing community. As a 29-year old Rhode Island native, he has accumulated thousands of offshore miles and inshore racing results. In 2010, Charlie led the Genuine Risk 90′ to victory in the Newport-Bermuda Race and skippered the Oakcliff All-American Offshore Team to victories in the Transatlantic and Rolex Fastnet Races in 2011. He was a 4x College Sailing All-American while at Brown University, where he graduated with a BA in Business Economics. Charlie currently works at North Sails Rhode Island and manages multiple sailing campaigns.
Michael Tougias: Rescue of the Bounty

The harrowing story of the sinking and rescue of BOUNTY (the tall ship used in the classic 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty) which was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen aboard. Author, Michael J. Tougias, tells the tale of what truly occurred aboard BOUNTY during those terrifying days at sea in this week's Lecture Series. 

Michael Tougias Rescue of the Bounty

Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 19 books.  His book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a breathtaking book – Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying story.” He has also co-authored a true story of the Coast Guard’s most daring rescue in The Finest Hours, which chronicles a rescue of two sinking oil tankers off Cape Cod in 1952.  This is being made into a movie by the Disney Corporation, and the book was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award, selected as a “must read”)  

The author’s other true adventure book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind.”  
Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories and includes them in his lecture for businesses titled, Survival Lessons: Decision-making Under Pressure. He also teaches a yearly course with a publisher about how writers can find the best publisher for their idea titled “Get Published.”(www.michaeltougias.com)

On a lighter note, Tougias chronicled his misadventures at his remote cabin in Vermont in his award-winning book There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be.  This book won the Independent Publishers Association Award for the “The Best Nature Book of the Year.”  

(Tougias will bring books for sale and autographing) 

John Brown Herreshoff, Successful Yacht Builder & Businessman: Misconceptions about Blindness
Presented by Rosemary Mahoney and Nathanael Greene Herreshoff III

Thursday, April 17

Rosemary Mahoney was educated at Harvard College and John Hopkins University and has been awarded numerous awards for her writing, including a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Whiting Writers Award, and a nomination for the National Book Critics' Circle Award. She is the author of six books, including For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches From the World of the Blind, and Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, a New York Times Notable Book. She is a citizen of Ireland and the United States and lives in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Nathanael Greene Herreshoff III is the grand-nephew of John Brown Herreshoff (1841-1915) and the grandson of Captain Nat Herreshoff (1848-1938). After a career teaching history and German at both the high school and college level, Nat now spends his time researching family history and genealogy. He writes a monthly newsletter on these and other subjects.


Steven Tsuchiya: Winging It 
Thursday, March 20


Steven Tsuchiya, an America's Cup historian, will deliver an analysis of how Oracle Team USA overcame an enormous deficit to successfully defend the America's Cup.  Steve will examine the elements that made the 2013 match so close and how OTUSA won, including:   the differences in yacht design philosophy between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle Team USA's penalty prior to the Cup, the critical judgment calls made by both teams, the impact of the rules on the outcome, the evolving sailing technique particularly on the upwind leg, key tactical decisions, modifications to the boats, and OTUSA's changes to the tuning of the wing and appendages.  Steve will illustrate his analysis with his photographs of the America's Cup including images from behind-the-scenes. An engaging and entertaining speaker, Steve's presentation will appeal to the novice and the expert.  Steve is the co-author (with Diane Swintal and Robert Kamins) of Winging It:  Oracle Team USA's Incredible Comeback to Defend the America's Cup.  He is also a contributor to Sailing World magazine and serves on the Selection Committee of the America's Cup Hall of Fame.


Dyer Jones: America's Cup Now and Then
Thursday, February 27

Dyer Jones is currently the Chairman of the Selection Committee of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.   Dyer started his career with the America's Cup in 1967 working for the Columbia syndicate where he spent the summer hauling sails up and down the dock.  He was the Regatta Director for the Louis Vuitton Cup Challenger Series in 2000 and 2003 in Auckland, NZ, and Regatta Director for the 32nd America's Cup in 2007 in Valencia, Spain.  He has worked for the past 40 years at The Anchorage, Inc. in Warren, RI, which builds Dyer Boats (he is named for the firm's founder, his grandfather, William Dyer).  Dyer is a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club and served as its Race Committee Chairman during the memorable 1983 America’s Cup.   He is also the co-author with Luigi Lang of an authoritative history of the 12 Metre Class.


Cory Silken: Yachting and Lifestyle Photographer
Thursday, January 16th

Cory Silken is a yachting and luxury lifestyle photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island. Silken regularly travels to the Caribbean and throughout the world for fine art and commercial projects. His dynamic and creative imagery appears in most of the major yachting magazines around the globe, and is published in numerous books, including Herreshoff Sailboats. His clients range from local organizations, such as the International Yacht Restoration School, to some of the top shipyards in the world, such as Royal Huisman and Pendennis, and he also photographs regattas for title sponsors such as Panerai and Bacardi.

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