Herreshoff museum offers scholarships

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The Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, R.I., received a grant from the Utah-based McCarthey Family Foundation that will support scholarships for at least 10 students this summer.

The museum is the community sailing center for Bristol, with a focus on public access and affordable programs. The awards will be based on need and will be named the “McCarthey Family Foundation Sailorship Award.”

The grant is for the Seamanship Program, a public sailing program that begins June 25 for beginner, intermediate and advanced sailing students aboard the historic Herreshoff 12-1/2s, a 32-foot rowboat, and the Fishers Island 31 Kestrel.

“Now in its second decade of operation, the summer program here is unique,” program director Richard Feeny said in a statement. “Sports? We teach the sport of sailing. Art? We teach the art of seamanship. Overnight? We do that aboard Kestrel. Arts and crafts? Learn to varnish and paint and use tools in our woodshop. Science? We teach science and math, with activities linked to local and national curriculum objectives. Engineering? We have high school lessons introducing marine engineering. All this and rowing, too? This summer, we are working with Dharma Voyage to offer rowing in a large wooden open-water rowboat. The six-oar boat will be used for introductory and adventure rowing classes.”

Information is available by contacting Feeny at the marine museum at (401) 253-5000 or education@herreshoff.org.

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