Oracle Team USA’s Dirk Kramers and Scott Ferguson to present “Innovations in 21st Century America’s Cup Design” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on March 27

Presentation is the second in the four-part Sailors’ Series spotlighting the America’s Cup

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 24th annual Sailors’ Series will continue on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. with Oracle Team USA’s Dirk Kramers and Scott Ferguson.

Engineers, designers, and equipment specialists are essential components of a winning America’s Cup team. Kramers is the Chief Engineer for Team Oracle USA and Ferguson is the team’s Wing Designer. The two will present “Innovations in 21st Century America’s Cup Design”, a discussion of their fascinating careers and their experiences on the 2013 America’s Cup winning team. They will also review recent innovations in America’s Cup design and discuss how those changes have affected their work and the competition.

A thirty-seven year veteran of the America’s Cup community and proponent of multihulls, Kramers has been part of five winning teams. He currently resides in Tiverton, R.I. Ferguson has participated in two winning America’s Cup teams. He is a Naval Architect and a specialist in the deism of carbon fiber grand prix racing spars.  He currently resides in Jamestown, R.I.

 Kramers and Ferguson’s lecture is the second in the four part illustrated lecture series spotlighting the America’s Cup, one of the most challenging and prestigious sailing races in the world. All Sailors’ Series lectures occur at the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. with a pre-lecture reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. Tweet the Sailors’ Series with hashtag #SailorsSeries24.­

The following is a glance at the remaining schedule for the 2014 Sailors’ Series:

  • March 27: ORACLE TEAM USA’s Dirk Kramers and Scott Ferguson will present “Innovations in 21st Century America’s Cup Design.”

  • April 24: Natasha Khandekar, Director and Curator of the William I. Koch Collection, will present a comprehensive overview of the unpar­alleled collection of maritime paintings of American businessman and 1992 America’s Cup Winner William I. Koch.

  • May 8: Jerry and Rome Kirby present “A Shared Passion: Father and Son America’s Cup Winners.”

Admission for individual lectures: Members: $15 / Non-Members: $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100 or visit The Sailors’ Series is sponsored in part by C.E. Beckman.


Arthur Mott
Director of Marketing & Communications
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Office: 508-997-0046 x153


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Winter hours through March: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. holiday Mondays. For more information, visit