The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) of Newport RI announced last week its annual Classic Yacht Cruise schedule–which includes a first–a two night layover in New Bedford Harbor.
Imagine up to 40 historic and pedigree classic wooden yachts sailing into our rich port. The cruise will start in Nantucket on Sunday, August 19, in conjunction with the Opera House Cup. They will sail to Martha’s Vineyard, the Elizabeth Islands and then on to New Bedford on August 22 and 23, before returning to Newport on August 24.
“Given the rich history of New Bedford and the close ties with the Concordia Company, it is appropriate that we visit this city. The inspiring restoration of the historic downtown area reflects the values and philosophy that we espouse at the International Yacht Restoration School”, states Dom Champa, the cruise chairman and Concordia owner.
During the event, participants will race and cruise, taking time out for lectures and historic tours.
“The City of New Bedford is very happy to be selected as a layover in the IYRS
annual cruise. We look forward to hosting the many participants who will visit New Bedford, some for the first time, and who will return in the future,” said Mayor Scott W. Lang. “We are very proud of our harbor and we look forward to the spectacle of these classic watercraft.”
Matthew A. Morrissey, Executive Director of the Economic Development Council said, “The site selection committee was thrilled about our working waterfront and our outstanding fishing fleet.” He added, “We will pursue any opportunity that brings more people to our City and exposes them to its people and richness. From this brief visit, we are confident that the large group will leave astounded by what the City has to offer.”
The world renowned school is devoted to the preservation of maritime skills and historic watercraft. In addition to funding many restoration projects, IYRS offers an accredited two-year program in the restoration and preservation of classic yachts. The program attracts students from all over the world.
“Area attractions and businesses can expect several hundred participants and hundreds of spectators who will see the natural beauty and great sailing conditions we have here,” said Arthur Motta, City Marketing and Tourism director.
Laurie Bullard who helped win the layover and who will work closely with the City to organize the event said, “People are looking at New Bedford like never before. It’s another great moment for us to be selected for a prestigious cruise and we look forward to the many activities planned for their visit.”