Sailors’ Series launches Feb. 28

Photo: Courtesy of PUMA Ocean Racing

Photo: Courtesy of PUMA Ocean Racing

R. Michael Wall is the first of several distinguished speakers featured in the 23rd Annual Sailors’ Series lectures. His illustrated talk, The Art of Ship Models: Collections of the Past, Present and Future, takes place on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater, New Bedford Whaling Museum.

An international authority on ship models, Mr. Wall will explore the Whaling Museum’s extraordinary collection of models with a view toward understanding these works as a true decorative art form. A graduate of Georgetown University School of Business, Mr. Wall prepared the definitive report, “Ship Model Classification Guidelines” in conjunction with the staffs of Mystic Seaport, the Smithsonian Institution, and The Mariners’ Museum. He is owner of the American Marine Model Gallery, Gloucester, Massachusetts.

A new exhibit, titled The Art of Ship Models which he co-curates with Judith Lund, premieres at 6:00 p.m. for members in the Rinehart Gallery, located on the main level of the museum. The exhibit opens to the public on March 1.

On March 7, the program will feature Dyer Jones, CEO of the Herreshoff Marine Museum. A boat builder by trade, he has been involved in sailing his whole life, and in the America’s Cup competition since 1967; as a team member, race official, syndicate member, event administrator, and dispute arbitrator. Mr. Jones has also served as Commodore of the Ida Lewis and New York Yacht Clubs, is president of the International Twelve Metre Class, a member of the Classes Committee of the International Sailing Federation, and with Luigi Lang, co-authored “The Twelve Metre Class,” the definitive history of the class since 1907. He currently chairs the Selection Committee for the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, April 4, a lecture titled Ray Hunt and His Designs will be presented by John Deknatel and Winn Willard, of C. Raymond Hunt Associates.

Founded as a partnership in 1961 between C. Raymond Hunt (1908-1970) – the internationally renowned helmsman and yacht designer – and John Deknatel, current president, C. Raymond Hunt Associates remains one of the most widely recognized and respected names in naval architecture, in particular for designs utilizing the hull form known as the Hunt deep-V. A Harvard College graduate, Mr. Deknatel studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 1963, he went to work for Ray Hunt, and assumed leadership of the firm in 1969.

Winn Willard is director of Hunt Yachts and vice president of Hunt Associates. A graduate of Babson College, he studied naval architecture at the University of Michigan, and is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

On Thursday, April 18, a lecture titled The Charles W. Morgan and Our Yankee Whaleboat Project will be presented by Quentin Snediker, Mystic Seaport Shipyard Director and Bill Womack, owner of Beetle, Inc.

Their illustrated program will give the inside story of Mystic Seaport’s massive restoration of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, and plans for her epic sail to New Bedford on July 4th, 2014. Bill Womack will discuss the construction of the Yankee whaleboat funded by Whaling Museum supporters, which will swing from the davits of the Morgan for the next 170 years! Donors to the whaleboat project receive free admission to this lecture.

On Thursday, May 2, a lecture titled Volvo Ocean Race will be presented by Ken Read. Considered one of the world’s most accomplished sailors, Mr. Read has twice helmed Ameri­ca’s Cup programs in 2000 and 2003 and was twice named “United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.” He has 46 World, North American, and National Champion­ships to his credit. Most recently, he skippered the PUMA Ocean racing team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. He will share his perspective on racing and the dedication, challenge and sacrifice required along the way.

All Sailors’ Series lectures occur on Thursday evenings, starting at 7:00 p.m. with a pre-lecture reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Tweet the Sailors’ Series with hashtag #SailorsSeries23

Admission for individual lectures: Members: $15 / Non-Members: $20. For the 5-lecture series: Members: $60 / Non-Members $85.

The Sailors’ Series is sponsored in part by C.E. Beckman, the Beverly Yacht Club and the New Bedford Yacht Club.

Schedule at a glance

February 28: The Art of Ship Models with R. Michael Wall.

March 7: An Evening with Dyer Jones.

April 4: Ray Hunt and His Designs with John Deknatel and Winn Willard.

 April 18: The Charles W. Morgan and Our Yankee Whaleboat Project with Quentin Snediker and Bill Womack.

 May 2: Volvo Ocean Race with Ken Read.

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