IYRS Blog

Not just a boat school...
Abby Shenker, Digital Modeling & Fabrication Student Ambassador

My name is Abby Shenker, and I have a confession to make: I don’t really care about boats. Even in the Digital Modeling & Fabrication program at IYRS, it’s the sort of phrase I say in hushed tones on our campus, where boats and those who are passionate them are around literally every corner.

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IYRS - My year in review
Jason Eldridge, Student Ambassador

The thing about IYRS is they don't just teach you the hard skills; we also learned a lot of the soft skills, the things that aren't in the flyers for IYRS, the things that can make or break your career in maritime trades. Things like showing up to class on time, communication, teamwork, and the hardest two for me - flexibility, and tolerance of change and uncertainty. 

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Ceiba...An Externship in the Jungle of Costa Rica
Melissa Conlon

I was on a plane to San Jose, Costa Rica en route to Sail Cargo. I knew it would be a hot, buggy, dirty job. I packed my own ear muffs because I knew it would be loud, too. I anticipated a rustic bunk and lots of rice and beans. What I didn’t know was how how much a passionate company, international crew, and a jungle location would make saying goodbye so challenging.

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The IYRS 'Injection" into the 2021 America's Cup challenger, NYYC American Magic
Kim Norton-O'Brien

She's one of the fastest sailboats ever built, and very possibly the fastest. She's New York Yacht Club American Magic, and she's been built under a shroud of secrecy in Bristol, RI for over a year in preparation for the next America's Cup race. 

Ten students and alumni have been part of the build team - a rock star opportunity by any measure for these talented IYRS-educated yacht builders.

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