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Moth sailboats to be built in IYRS program

Students in the International Yacht Restoration School's composites technology program, a new nine-month program that begins in September, will learn their craft while building a fleet of Moth sailboats.


"Students in all of our full-time programs learn their craft while working on real-life building and refit projects," vice president of marketing Susan Daly said in a statement. "The traditional wooden Beetle Cats restored by students studying boatbuilding and restoration at IYRS fit that program perfectly. The composites program teaches a technology of the future and we wanted a building project that would teach and test our students while also capturing their imaginations."

Based in Newport, R.I., IYRS will partner with Sail Newport to bring these high-performance boats to the public. Once the Moths are completed, they will become part of the Sail Newport fleet and will fill a gap in the public sailing center's existing fleet.

"Our sport does a great job of teaching young kids to sail, but we don't do as good a job at keeping those kids engaged in the sport as they grow into young adults," Sail Newport executive director Brad Read said in a statement. "Introducing these high-performance, dynamic boats to our sailing population is a perfect collaboration between IYRS and Sail Newport. We could not pass up the chance to be the end user of these boats - boats I consider to be the most dynamic on the planet."

The IYRS composites technology program will give students a foundation in composites processes, techniques and technology, from general composites that employ glass fiber and polyester resin to advanced composites that employ high-strength/high-modulus fibers and advanced resin systems

The public will have an opportunity to tour the IYRS composites technology facility and learn more about the program during two open houses, set for July 21 and Aug. 4.



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