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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lecture Series at Herreshoff

The waters off Newport are the most storied in the world if you’re into yacht racing, and the Herreshoff Marine Museum (& America’s Cup Hall of Fame) is pretty much ground zero for the sport. And while you’re unlikely to ever participate in an America’s Cup race, around here, it’s not hard to become a fan. 

Every winter, the Herreshoff sponsors an Annual Lecture Series, bringing the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Some of the world’s best sailors, sailing writers, historians, and other accomplished individuals speak amongst historic Herreshoff Boats (the Herreshoff Manufacturing company designed what may be the oldest American private yacht – Sprite – as well as Reliance, the largest America’s Cup yacht ever built.) On Thursday, January 18, Warren Barker, Senior Instructor of Boatbuilding and Restoration at IYRS, presents: "Pedigree, Provenance, and Program: Searching for the elusive history of the restorable wreck as Launch Day looms." He has been building boats for over thirty-five years now. 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.

Reception begins at 6:00pm; lecture starts at 7:00pm. Tickets cost $18 for non-members and are available online at or at the door the day of the event. Or purchase tickets by phone: 401-253-5000.