2017 Designer Series Scholarship Award Winner Is Announced

November 16, 2017 – – Newport, RI – – Mr. Frank Sisneroz was honored as the recipient of the 2017 Designer Series Scholarship at a reception that was held at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) on November 1, 2017. Mr. Sisneroz who received the $1,500 scholarship check at the event is currently a student at the International Yacht Restoration School.

According to Andy Tyska, founder and Chairman of the Designer Series, “It is gratifying to award this scholarship, which is meant to support those who are navigating their careers in the marine industry which I am so passionate about. This is yet another dot that we can connect back to the designers who have affected so many lives. The annual Designer Series was conceived as an event that honors the past achievements of our iconic yacht designers and reconnects a diverse group around their creations. This annual scholarship will help cultivate the next generation of highly accomplished yacht designers.”

Mr. Sisneroz developed his passion for the ocean and sailing in the early 80s on a 10ft. long windsurfer. Since then his passion for sailing has resulted in his sailing and crewing on a wide variety of boats in southern California, including participating in three Newport Beach to Ensenada races.

Mr. Sisneros said, “One of my goals upon graduating from IYRS is to establish a local marine electrical engineering company where I will employ, train and inspire others to be creative and follow their passions for the marine industry. Another dream is to volunteer in community sailing programs to help expand sailing opportunities for young sailors throughout Rhode Island”

About the Designer Series: The mission of the Designer Series is to create a global collaboration to honor the vision, the legacy and the brilliance of our iconic yacht designers worldwide by hosting an annual event focusing on a different designer each year. By reuniting and racing their designs, we bring together all who share in the love of yachting including boat owners, marine industry professionals and the public. We will celebrate the designers contributions to the sailing world, while enjoying on the water and land-based festivities.

The inaugural 2017 Design Series Rendezvous event honored Ted Hood and took place at the Herreshoff Marine Museum on July 21 – 23, 2017. The 2018 event will honor Sparkman and Stephens and will take place at Ft. Adams in Newport July 18 – 22, 2018.

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