Dates Set for Third Annual Classic Yacht Cruise

The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) and J Class Management of Newport, Rhode Island, this summer will host an entire week of activities for classic yachts, both power and sail. The week begins on Sunday, July 7 at Shelter Island/Greenport, New York and culminates in Newport, Rhode Island with a festival at IYRS on July 11 and 12. The third annual Classic Yacht Cruise is expected to be an even greater success than last summer’s event when over 30 classic sail and power yachts enjoyed a week of convivial cruising from the Elizabeth Islands to Padanaram, Massachusetts, and Newport.

This year’s itinerary begins in Shelter Island/Greenport, on New York’s Long Island. The kick-off activity will be a champagne welcoming party aboard the 83-foot Eldredge MacInnis motor torpedo boat Lion’s Whelp, the 122-foot classic motor yacht Mariner III, and the 12-Meter yacht Onawa. On Monday July 8, the fleet will move on to Orient Yacht Club for dinner ashore. On Tuesday, the fleet will proceed to Fisher’s Island, where a barbecue will take place at the yacht club. Dinner ashore will welcome the fleet Wednesday night at Stonington.

IYRS hosts the fleet at their Newport Harbor campus from Thursday, July 11, to Saturday, July 13, during which time the school will host a cocktail reception, Beetle Cat races, and their annual fundraising party, "Loose Cannons." Yachts depart IYRS on Saturday afternoon.

The fleet is expected to include such notable vessels as Mariner III, Onawa, Lion’s Whelp, commuters like JEM, Belle, Pam and Scout, Concordia yawls, and Huckins powerboats.

According to the event organizer, Elizabeth Meyer, the purpose of this invitational cruise is "to promote the restoration, maintenance and enjoyment of classic yachts." If you wish to apply to participate in the Third Annual IYRS Classic Yacht Cruise, please contact, Marcia Whitney at J Class Management at 28 Church St., Newport, RI 02840, 401-849-3060, fax: 401-849-1642 or e-mail: