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Legendary designer to give presentation

MARCH 15 — Olin J. Stephens II, who helped design the America’s Cup-winning 12 Meters Courageous, Freedom and Intrepid, will speak April 1 at the 2006 Classic Yacht Symposium Presentation Program, set to kick off March 31 at the HerreshoffMarineMuseum in Bristol, R.I.

During his presentation Stephens will discuss the development of model testing procedures and his opinions concerning the future of research and yacht design, according to a news release. Capt. Nakomis Nelson will discuss alternate boat maintenance and new-boat construction within the Dark Harbor 20 one-design class, which Stephens designed. Adam Langerman will describe the restoration of the 12 Meter VIM, also designed by Stephens.

The Symposium is scheduled to include a cocktail party March 31, a full day of presentations April 1m and a curator’s tour of the N.G. Herreshoff model room at the museum April 2, the release says. A dinner April 1 will be highlighted with a speech by noted yachtsman and commentator Gary Jobson.

Another April 1 event will be a panel discussion featuring representatives from five boatbuilding schools across the country, according to the release. Those panelists include Betsy Davis, executive director of the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle; Clark Poston, program director of the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I.; Jamie Houtz, boatbuilding program manager of the Landing School in Kennebunkport, Maine; David Mullens, boatbuilding instructor coordinator of the Wood Construction Center in Seattle; and Rich Hilsinger, director of the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin, Maine.

To register for the symposium call (410) 253-5000 or log onto the museum’s Web site.

— Jason Fell