International Yacht Restoration School
IYRS School of Technology & Trades (known as IYRS, from its previous name of the International Yacht Restoration School) is a private nonprofit school with campuses on Thames Street in Newport, Rhode Island as well as in Bristol, Rhode Island. IYRS focuses on training highly skilled craftspeople and technicians for careers in a wide range of industries.
Currently programs are offered in Composites Technology, Boatbuilding & Restoration, and Marine Systems. The school is planning to introduce additional programs based on the same model. IYRS programs focus on making, building, restoring, and maintaining, using both traditional and modern materials from wood to composites and carbon fiber. Programs are accredited by the ACCSC and qualified applicants are eligible for federal financial aid and veterans' benefits for post-secondary education.
In 1993, the marine artist John Mecray and Elizabeth Meyer, who restored the J-Class yacht Endeavor, and several others founded the school on a 2.5 acre property on the Newport waterfront. Today, the school owns several large buildings, including the 1831 stone Newport Steam Factory building listed on the National Register of Historical Places. From 1995 to 2006 major restoration work on the Coronet took place at the school.
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- IYRS Official Website
- Recent Grant information
- Aaron Porter, Wooden Boat, "Saving Yachts from the Brink," May–June 2006, pg. 48