IYRS plans open-house events

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The International Yacht Restoration School will host open houses this week at its Newport and Bristol, R.I., campuses.

The events are opportunities to talk with IYRS staff and instructors, see student projects and learn about the skills taught at the school’s training programs.

The IYRS will host an open house from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at its waterfront campus in Newport. The campus at 449 Thames St. is home to the school’s boatbuilding and restoration program. The program trains students to master the fundamentals of wooden boatbuilding. In their first year, students work in teams of two to restore a small plank-on-frame sailboat; in their second year, they work in larger teams to restore an historic sail or power boat.

The IYRS will open its doors to the public at its 5,000-square-foot facility Thursday in Bristol at the Franklin Street Marine Corridor, home to the school's marine systems and composites technology programs. The event runs from 4-7 p.m. at 253 Franklin St.

The composites technology program is targeted to meet the needs of the marine industry, but graduates have a wide choice of career paths because the high strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials pioneered by boatbuilders is now in demand in many industries, including wind energy and aerospace.

In the marine systems program students learn to install, maintain and troubleshoot the on-board systems used on classic and modern boats and are prepared to test for American Boat & Yacht Council certification, a gold-medal standard in the industry.

Information about the open houses is available by contacting director of admissions Ned Jones at 401-848-5777, Ext. 203 or njones@iyrs.org.

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