|International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS)|
While many schools are currently structured to encourage both, I prefer to think of it a bit differently. IMO, the point of education is to directly:
- Help individuals identify in what areas they are most talented (such as accounting, cooking, project management, biology, innovation, or team leading);
- Help them figure out which local or international problems are most compelling and motivating to them (hunger, environment, ethics);
- Help students find practice opportunities (such as apprenticeships or other projects) in order to lead to sustaining careers, that align their gifts with their passions.
Given this, it was exciting to see Newport's International Yacht Restoration School. This two year program is filled with passionate students, focuses on "learning to do" not just "learning to know," and has a job placement rate of over 90%.
When we were there, we also went to to see progress made on The Coronet Project, a massive undertaking. The Coronet is a 131 foot schooner that was built in 1885, designed by William Townsend. This Victorian yacht won the famous transatlantic race against Dauntless in 1887.
The vessel is owned by the Coronet Restoration Partners in San Francisco but being restored at IRYS.
|The Coronet Project: The oak for the ribs, keel and planking comes from the Royal Danish Forest, as it is the right scale and grows at the right angle.|
|She has been awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places, a first in Rhode Island.|
|We had the pleasure of seeing Jeff Rutherford of Rutherford's Boatshop, who is in charge of the restoration.|
|Jeff generously shared so much interesting restoration information including some of the original ship building techniques.|
It was great to be back, and it is well worth some attention.
See also: Maine Boat Building and The Carpenter’s Boatshop
|This boat was an IYRS project|