Designer Series to Announce 2017 Scholarship Award Winners

October 25, 2017 – – Newport, RI – – The recipients of the 2017 Designer Series Scholarship will be announced at a reception to be held at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) on November 1, 2017 at 5:45 PM. The event will be held on the first floor of the new Brooks Building adjacent to the IYRS Building. Parking is available. Those involved in the 2017 event, which recognized yacht designer Ted Hood will be in attendance to present the award. The next 2018 Designer Series Rendezvous will recognize designs from the office of Sparkman & Stephens and members of the event Advisory Committee will be on hand to discuss next season’s gathering.

The Designer Series Scholarship of $3,000 will support two individuals who are pursuing careers in yacht design and marine engineering. According to Andy Tyska, founder and Chairman of the Designer Series, “It is gratifying to offer this award, 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.”

Those who wish to RSVP for the event should email Carol Beecher at

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. This includes boat owners, marine industry professionals and the public and we will celebrate their 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.