IYRS celebrates 15 years of ‘Mastering the Craft’

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Those heading to the International Yacht Restoration School’s annual Summer Gala in July will help celebrate the dynamic rise of IYRS during the last 15 years, from a small school with a handful of students to a central player in the region’s workforce development.

The 15th annual IYRS Summer Gala takes place the evening of July 7 at the school’s waterfront campus in Newport, R.I., to a theme of “Mastering the Craft: Celebrating 15 Years of Excellence.”

“The gala will include everything we've come to expect over the years: great food, a big auction and a fabulous dance party. But this year, party-goers will also have a chance to see firsthand just how extraordinary this school is,” said co-chair Rorke Levy. “IYRS plays an essential role by training highly skilled craftspeople who work to the highest standard of excellence — and the gala is our chance to ensure that future generations of students will have the opportunity to follow that same path.”

This year’s graduates from the school’s three full-time programs in boatbuilding and restoration, marine systems and composites technology are alone an illustration of the school’s successful track record of putting skilled craftspeople on the road to rewarding careers.

A highlight of the gala will again be the live and silent auctions, including a lineup of items in a special Connoisseurs’ and Collectors’ Gallery.

Among the auction items are: an opportunity to cruise to the Galapagos islands; a stay in an oceanside villa in St. Barths while crewing aboard a megayacht in the St. Barths Bucket regatta; a Mediterranean cruise from Palma onboard the Jongert-built, 96-foot luxury performance sailboat Scorpione Dei Mari; a stay on a private Caribbean island; and opportunities to cruise onboard extraordinary yachts, such as the 85-foot Trumpy Enticer.

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