L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer by Roger C. Taylor chronicles the life and work of the most remarkable yacht designer of his time. Meet the author at an illustrated lecture and book signing on Tuesday Oct. 18, 5-7:30pm. Proceeds benefit Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Education Programs.
About L. Francis Herreshoff: L. Francis Herreshoff was a remarkable yacht designer, known for his unconventional designs and his innovative engineering of hull and rig. He began his career in the shadow of his famous father, Nathanael G. Herreshoff. This publication, heavily illustrated with 166 plans and 124 illustrations including 9 foldout pages, tells a comprehensive story of his life. Volume one ends with his design of the unorthodox J-boat Whirlwind, a contender for the defense of the America’s Cup in 1930, a definite turning point in Herreshoff’s life and work. The forthcoming volume 2 will feature the famous cruising designs of his later career.
About the Author: Roger Taylor is familiar to many Champlain Valley residents as the captain of LCMM’s schooner Lois McClure and 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II. Taylor is a professional mariner with unusually wide experience, including a working familiarity with boats built to many of Herreshoff’s designs. He is the author of seven books on yacht design and seamanship. In his youth, Taylor was acquainted with Herreshoff, and as the founder of International Marine Publishing Company, he published Herreshoff’s Sensible Cruising Designs and An L. Francis Herreshoff Reader.
Mystic Seaport commissioned Taylor to write Herreshoff’s biography gave him access to the L. Francis Herreshoff Collection at the Museum. Taylor studied the entire collection of plans and letters, and consulted yachting books and magazines. He conducted dozens of in-depth interviews with Herreshoff’s relatives and friends and with owners of Herreshoff boats. The result is a highly readable book that provides insight into Herreshoff’s personality, the evolution of his designs, his sailing background, his reliance on intuition and proportion instead of mathematical or engineering calculations, and his stature among contemporary designers of that era.
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, 60 Main Street
Doors open at 5pm
5-6pm, Reception with light refreshments and cash bar.
Program begins 6pm
$15 LCMM Members
$50 Patron, (listing in the program)