Lectures to focus on great yachts, past and present

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Beginning Oct. 27, the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., will host a five-part lecture series that will explore the great yachts of today and yesterday.

On five Tuesday nights from October to mid-December, experts will give attendees a look at a series of magnificent yachts and the people behind them - including newly restored classics such as the 104-foot Trumpy design Freedom, the majestic J-Class sloops and the largest Herreshoff schooners ever built, steam yachts that today stand as the megayachts of old, and the historic 1885 Coronet now being restored on the IYRS campus.

All lectures will begin at 7:30 pm at IYRS Restoration Hall (449 Thames Street, Newport). Lectures are free for members of IYRS and the Museum of Yachting, and $7 for non-members. Café Zelda (528 Thames Street, Newport) coordinates their dining schedule with the series on lecture nights.

For information about the IYRS lecture series, visit the IYRS Web site or call (401) 848-5777, Ext. 222. To make a reservation at Café Zelda, call (401) 849-4002.