Webbies Attend Classic Yacht Symposium

By Doug Zangre '13

On April 28, 2012, a group of Webb Institute students attended the 5th Classic Yacht Symposium at the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, RI.  The Classic Yacht Symposium is a professional conference featuring technical presentations and panel discussions regarding all aspects of classic yacht design, restoration, reproduction, maintenance and use.  The Webb students were graciously invited to the event free of charge by Mr. Halsey Herreshoff (’55), naval architect at Herreshoff Designs Inc. and member of the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

Saturday morning’s presentations included detailed discussions of the big steel racing schooners of the early 20th century.  Halsey provided a unique insight into the original vessels designed by his grandfather, Nat Herreshoff.  Additionally, the builders and owners of the modern replica schooners described their challenges and racing experiences onboard their vessels.  In the afternoon, various presenters described their methods for rebuilding Herreshoff’s famous daysailer Alerion.  To help spread the name of Webb in the boating world, students Nathan Fast, Roxanne Schacht, and Doug Zangre gave a brief presentation about the school Saturday evening.  On Sunday morning, the Webb students were treated to a private tour of the Herreshoff Museum’s model room by Halsey.

Overall, the 2012 Classic Yacht Symposium was a very interesting and valuable experience.  All the students who attended would like to greatly thank Mr. Herreshoff for being such a generous and gracious host.  The next installment of the Classic Yacht Symposium is scheduled for the spring of 2014.

Webb Students with Mr. Halsey Herreshoff ('55)