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About The Museum of Yachting (MoY)

Museum of Yachting

For more than 30 years, the Museum of Yachting (MoY) has worked to preserve the culture and heritage of yachting. Today the Museum still celebrates the traditions of yachting through informative exhibits, lectures, literature, education and regattas.

The museum and library are in a handsomely restored space inside the 1831 Aquidneck Mill on the IYRS campus. Perched on the top floor, they command extraordinary views of Newport harbor and its entrance from Narragansett Bay. Every year, new exhibits of art and historical artifacts are presented that draw members of the community and yachting enthusiasts. IYRS hopes to attract a broad cross-section of people to this space, especially community youth who will be able to discover their maritime roots while enjoying one of the best aerial views in Newport.

MoY Classic Yacht Regatta

The 34th Annual Classic Yacht Regatta, sponsored by Panerai and hosted by the Museum of Yachting, will take place in Newport over the Labor Day weekend, August 30th - September 1st. Headquartered at Fort Adams State Park, the event includes two days of racing and will draw a fleet that stands as a time capsule of classic design—from small traditional one-designs to large, majestic yachts built over a century ago. The weekend’s schedule includes a welcoming reception on Friday evening, August 30th. Organizing authority Sail Newport will run racing on Saturday and Sunday, followed each night by social festivities. The event’s traditional Classic Yacht Parade takes place Sunday morning, beginning at 10:30 am. The regatta will again be the third and final stop on the North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.

2013 MoY Exhibit

Seascapes from the City by the Sea

The IYRS/Museum of Yachting library has played host to four summer exhibitions featuring the finest in art, craftsmanship and engineering. This year, the library overlooking Newport Harbor will once again have a compelling exhibition where the waters around Newport are the subject of an engaging variety of seascapes.

Through the generosity of Hunt Yachts, IYRS and the Museum of Yachting have put together a collection of paintings, drawings and lithographs that showcase not only the talent of fine artists, but also serve to expose so many facets of Newport waters and history through different views, and periods in time.

Read more about this year's exhibit.

IYRS|MoY Library

One of the most extensive collections of maritime reference materials in the Northeast, the library contains more than 3,000 titles on yachting, yachting history, sailing, and boatbuilding, some 100 rare books, and source materials that give students and visitors insight into the maritime past—including logbooks, yacht registers, over 3,000 yacht plans, and yacht club directories. The collection is balanced with technical reference materials and a bank of computers that give IYRS students the resources they need to supplement the hands-on work they practice inside the student workshops. The new library is first and foremost a research center focused on the needs of IYRS students, but the space is also open to the public. We are not a lending library to the public.

Visitors Hours

  • Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm – 5pm.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays.
  • From September – May, the library is closed on IYRS school holidays.

Visitors and researchers are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment. (401) 848-5777 ext. 221