IYRS holding summer gala next weekend

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The International Yacht Restoration School is holding its 13th annual summer gala on July 10 with a theme of celebrating the past, present and future.

"There are few schools in America that meld so perfectly the technologies of different eras - from our restoration program where students learn their trade while working on boats from the great designers of the 19th and 20th centuries, to the cutting-edge technology in our marine systems and composites technology programs," IYRS president Terry Nathan said in a statement. "The gala will be a fitting reminder to all our friends of how IYRS has grown and used an effective education model, irrespective of program focus."

Three generations of the same sailing family are this year's event co-chairs. Nancy Hazlehurst Deutsch, her father Tom Hazlehurst, and her son Alex Hazlehurst Hood are all lifetime sailors, having raced the boats of their eras and volunteered for the sport.

Together they are steering an evening that celebrates "Old School, New School, Our School" and have brought a multigenerational approach to the gala.

The IYRS gala caps a weekend of social and sailing activity. Festivities start with an opening reception July 9 at Brown & Howard Wharf sponsored by Peter de Savary. The next day, Morris Yachts will take gala-goers out on the water in their spirit-of-tradition and modern sailing yachts.

Two levels of tickets to the gala will be available: 6 p.m.-midnight, for a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing for $300; or 9 p.m.-midnight for cocktails, dessert, silent auction and dancing for $100.

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