2019 Speakers’ Series

At the Masin Room, Mystic Seaport North Entrance Building

Friday, June 28

Setting Sail in America: the Herreshoff S Class

11:30 a.m., presented by Alan and Cory Silken

An homage to the century-old Herreshoff one-design class by Alan Silken, vice commodore of the Narragansett Bay fleet, with photographs by his son, the noted yachting photographer Cory Silken.

Book signing immediately afterward


Restoring ROSALIND

2:30 p.m., presented by Andrew Guest

ROSALIND OF ST. IVES, built in 1903, is one of three surviving double-ended luggers from West Cornwall, England. She is being restored in Mystic by Andrew Guest, working very much on his own.


CEIBA Sail Cargo Project

4 p.m., presented by Danielle Doggett

A resurgence of carrying cargo under sail has lately gained many adherents. Now, the new wooden three-masted topsail schooner, CEIBA, is being built in the jungle of Costa Rica specifically for the purpose.

Saturday, June 29


Fifty Years Designing Wooden Boats

11:30 a.m., presented by Ron Holland

Before Ron Holland went on to design ocean-racing sailboats and megayachts, he experimented with light displacement wooden boats, starting at age 19. He published his memoir, All the Oceans, this year.

Book signing immediately afterward


L. Francis Herreshoff: The Flowering of Genius

2:30 p.m., presented by Roger Taylor

Maritime historian and author Roger Taylor will speak and show images from Volume 2 of his biography of yacht designer L. Francis Herreshoff, who, Taylor claims, “designed the most beautiful yacht in the world.”

Book signing immediately afterward


Priceless: Stories Behind and Beyond Finding PAX

4 p.m., presented by Kaci Cronkhite

Kaci Cronkhite wrote Finding PAX about falling in love with her 1936 Danish double-ender and her quest to restore the boat and its history. Today, she’ll describe how the work changed lives—and what’s next.

Book signing immediately afterward