On Sunday morning, we explored the restoration shed at IYRS (International Yacht and Restoration School) where the Coronet is undergoing restoration.
This grand sailing vessel was built in 1885, and featured an oppulent interior complete with a grand piano. It won the Transatlantic Race in 1887 in a little over 14 days.
The ship went through a series of owners, and was involved in world and scientific exploration, as well as missionary work until it was acquired by IYRS in 1995.
The restoration project has proceeded slowly, and in 2006 ownership of the project was transferred to Coronet Restoration Partners, with work planned to continue at the IYRS Newport location.
Coronet Under Full Sail
Coronet is a 131 foot Gaff-Rigged Schooner
Interior of Coronet prior to disassembly, showing intricate mahogany interior
Removal of bow hull planking reveals extensive deterioration of structural ribs
Stern of Coronet Showing Last Hailing Port (Portland, Maine)
At the time of her construction, internal combusition engines did not exist. She was eventually fitted with twin engines. Port side prop and shaft are shown.
Deck Dorades Removed and Stored in Restoration Shed
Wooden Sailing Blocks
All interior furniture and fittings have been removed, cataloged, and await restoration
Shop on site makes restoration parts; shown here are ribs under construction
For more information, see Coronet/IYRS in the Links
Nose Art on Sleighride
On a dinghy tour of Newport Harbor, we spotted this interesting nose art.
Sleighride is a Goetz-built racer/cruiser. She was designed for speed by Sparkman and Stevens. This 77 foot carbon-fiber boat has cruised at speeds over 24 knots.
See Sleighride in the Links for more information
The "Swan" Trophy
The results of 4 separate races determined this year's winner of the "Swan" Thophy. Peter, last year's winner and Race Chairman, presented the results to all of us gathered at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.
NIXIE is this year's winner, having placed first in every race. The crew of NIXIE accepted the trophy from Peter, with the instructions to keep the trophy on board NIXIE until next year's race, and to make any improvements to the trophy that they would like.
PREVIOUS SWAN TROPHY WINNERS
2005-6 Not Awarded
For more on the Swan Trophy, see blog entry "Race To Edgartown," (7/10/09).
Peter Announces Race Results
Nixie's Crew: Dan, Tom, Jess and Daria Accept Trophy
Captain Dan and The SWAN
"Real people doing real things with real boats."