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April 2024

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From the President

The temperature is climbing, the docks are floating, and the daffodils are popping up everywhere. It must be time to open up the museum for the season! And what a season it's gonna be! New exhibits, sailing, music, parties, lectures - it's all happening at HMM, so read on for more details, and come and see us soon.

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Museum & Store Hours

Spring Hours:

Wed to Sat: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: Noon - 5pm

Opening Day

We're opening the museum for the season this Sunday, April 28th! Our spring hours will be Wednesday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sundays 12-5pm. Come visit HMM after its long winter’s rest—we can’t wait to see you! Please note that 2024’s opening day is simply when we are opening for the year, and the festivities and free admission day have been moved to our Spring Open House, which will be held on Saturday, May 25th, 2024. See below for more details!

Spring Open House

With the start of the 2024 Season at Herreshoff, we want to welcome you all back with our Spring Open House on Saturday, May 25th, 10-5pm! We will have free admission to the museum and guided tours, hands-on activities for all ages, and camp counselors discussing our sailing programs. We will even have Herreshoff 12½ sailing demonstrations throughout the day and a chance for visitors to tour our new yacht charter! Enjoy a picnic lunch on our waterfront from our food truck vendors and refreshments from our beverage sponsors, Ragged Island Brewing Company and Gooseneck Vineyards. Come celebrate with us and see what Herreshoff is up to this year! Click here for schedule and more details. 

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Annual Meeting – June 20th

The 2024 Annual Meeting of Members will take place on Thursday, June 20th at 5:00 pm. The meeting will take place via Zoom only. Stay tuned for more details, and make sure your membership is current if you're interested in participating. 

Education Updates

The sailing season will be here before you know it, and we are putting the waterfront back together here at the Museum. This year we will once again offer weekly sessions of summer sailing camp, as well as spring and fall after-school sailing for children aged 7-15. Our program offers a unique opportunity for kids to learn the art and science of sailing and seamanship on the picturesque Narragansett Bay. Registration is open, and sessions will sell out again this year (Session 4 sold out this weekend!), so don't delay; sign up today! Scholarships are available through our generous donors, so help spread the word! Contact Kirk Cusic if you would like to apply for a scholarship, and click here to learn more about our education programs listed below. 

Spring/Fall After-School Sailing 

Summer Sailing Camp  

Youth Boatbuilding  

Intro to Sailing 

Intermediate Sailing 

Women’s Sail 

Get Sailing

Additionally, our Adult Sailing Program this summer is going to be great! Our popular youth boat building program is back for its 8th year this summer, and we couldn’t be happier with how the program is growing! Many of the instructors for all our education programs will be back this year, as well as a few fresh faces. Come join us for another season of excitement, learning, and growth at Herreshoff!  

2024 Lecture Series

May Lecture: Brown and Sharpe 

We are well into our 2024 Lecture Series schedule, and we have had some great speakers so far! We have a full schedule for the year, and we're already working on booking 2025. In May, we have Gerald Carbone presenting “Brown & Sharpe: The Company that Shaped the World” on Thursday, May 23rd in Gallery 26. 

Historian and author Gerald Carbone will show how a Rhode Island metals company founded in the 1830s literally shaped modern material culture through its ingenuity and inventions. Company founder Joseph Brown developed the “X-Y-Z Machine” that Capt. Nat used in shaping his hull models, a predecessor of the modern Coordinate Measuring Machine that instantaneously provides manufacturers with three-dimensional measuring points to prevent product errors. The link between Brown & Sharpe’s precision measuring tools and Herreshoff’s precise designs is inextricable. 

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When: May 23, 2024 

Reception at 6pm.

Lecture begins at 7pm. 


Virtual Tickets:

  • Members: $10
  • Non-Members: $15

In-Person Tickets:

  • Members: $15
  • Non-Members: $20

Full Series Pass: $125 


America's Cup Hall of Fame Reception

The Golden Age of the J-Class

After the success of last year’s event celebrating the 12-Metres in Newport, we hope you will join us at The Sailing Museum for an evening celebrating the Golden Age of the J-Class in the America's Cup. 

On June 13th, we will gather to relive the excitement and glamour of one of the most exhilarating and important periods in America's Cup history - the J-Boat Era. We'll be joined by modern-day J-Class sailors who, with a little prompting from Hall of Famer Gary Jobson, will share their experiences on board these mighty racing monsters! A combination of vintage and current video will play on the big screens as we enjoy an open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and a fully-stocked raw bar. Tickets are only $45 and can be purchased here. Come and join us at The Sailing Museum June 13th!  

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Thursday, June 13th at 6pm at The Sailing Museum, 365 Thames St, Newport RI

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Art & Artisan Market


The Herreshoff Art & Artisan Market is moving to the tent this summer, and we are looking for vendors! The Market will be held on the waterfront every Friday, 10-2pm, starting on June 7th and running until August 30th. The waterfront is a busy place on Fridays with American Cruise Lines' American Star docked here and the sailing program's Friday BBQ, so there should be plenty of customers! There are only 14 vendor spots per day, so don’t delay! Click here to learn more or sign up as a vendor! 

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July 4th at the Herreshoff!

Summer will be here in a blink of an eye, and summer in Bristol means it's time to start planning for the 4th of July!  

HMM has the best seats in town with plenty of shade under the tent on the lawn, a refreshing sea breeze on our waterfront, and breakfast and lunch to enjoy throughout the parade. You'll be dry if it rains, cool if it's sunny, and well-fed either way! Tickets are on sale now, so grab your seat early here

Get Patriotic

Summer Sunset Concert Series

After another amazing concert series last summer, we are doing it again! 

The 2024 Summer Sunset Music Series lineup is here, and it's eight consecutive weeks of awesome tunes! Enjoy the beautiful HMM waterfront at sunset with BYOB and a tasty snack from our rotating lineup of food trucks. Season passes are also available to members, so if you like what you see in the lineup, buy ahead of time and save! 

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Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta

August 23-25, 2024

The 2024 Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta & Rendezvous will take place Friday to Sunday, August 23rd-25th. Each year, a mix of gorgeous big boats and one-designs gather for a weekend of exciting racing on the bay and terrific social events.  

Not interested in racing, but want to join the fun? Join us for the 2nd Annual HMM Cruise leading up to the regatta! Enjoy the camaraderie and beauty of classic yachting in this new, relaxing and stress-free event! Cruise registration is $100 per boat and includes one Saturday dinner ticket. 

The regatta schedule is available here. Social events are open to the public, so whether you're sailing or not, come join us on Friday evening for the Boat Show or on Saturday night for the regatta clambake! The entry fee includes the Newport-to-Bristol Feeder Race and one ticket to the Saturday night regatta dinner. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased in advance on the regatta website. 

Come Race With Us

The 2024 AC Hall of Fame Induction

On Monday, October 14th at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, we will celebrate the induction of the Class of 2024 which includes Josh Belsky (USA), Bob Fisher (GBR), Kevin Shoebridge (NZL), and Juan Vila (ESP). Stay tuned for information about how to buy tickets for what promises to be a very special event. 

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Thank You!

Providing an exciting, interesting and educational Museum experience takes creative talent, time and funding. We rely on our supporters for help in all three areas to raise the Museum experience.

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2024 Season Events Calendar:

May 7-30: Spring After-School Youth Sailing

May 23: Lecture: "Brown & Sharpe" by Gerald Carbone

May 25: Open House

May 30 - Aug 17: 

Adult Sailing: Intro to Sailing

June 1 - Sept 30:

Friends & Family Sailing

June 1 - Sept 30:

Private Sailing Lessons

June 7: Art & Artisan Market

June 13: Golden Age of the Mighty J-Class

June 14 - Aug 30:

Adult Sailing: Women's Sail Wednesdays

June 14: Art & Artisan Market

June 17 - Aug 16:

Summer Sailing Camp

June 20: Lecture: "Aluminum in the Guided Age" by Matthew Bird

June 20: Annual Member's Meeting

June 21: Art & Artisan Market

June 28: Art & Artisan Market

July 4: July 4th Parade Viewing Event at HMM

July 5: Art & Artisan Market

July 11: Neal & the Vipers at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

July 12: Art & Artisan Market

July 18: Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

July 19: Art & Artisan Market

July 23: "Spineless: The Magical World of Marine Invertebrates"

July 25: Alexus Lee at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

July 26: Art & Artisan Market

Aug 1: Catnip Junkies at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

Aug 2: Art & Artisan Market

Aug 8: Dan Moretti and the Hammond Boys at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

Aug 9: Art & Artisan Market

Aug 15: The Paul Del Nero Quintet at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

Aug 16: Art & Artisan Market

Aug 22: Greg Abate Quartet at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

Aug 23: Art & Artisan Market

Aug 23: Feeder Race & Living Boat Show

Aug 24-25: Herreshoff Classic Yacht Regatta

Aug 29: Roomful of Blues at the Summer Sunset Concert Series

Aug 30: Art & Artisan Market

Sept 17 - Oct 10: Fall After-School Youth Sailing

Sept 19: Lecture: "Sailing to Freedom" by Timothy D. Walker

Oct 24: Gallery Talk with Museum Curator, Evelyn Ansel

Nov 21: Lecture: "The Pirate's Wife" by Dr. Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

Full Calendar

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