Sailors’ Series 2014

Heading into its 24th year in 2014, the Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures presented a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea. The evening programs began at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater, with a pre-lecture reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery.

Support for this lecture series was provided by C. E. Beckman Co.


Each Lecture
Members: $15 / Non-Members: $20
Members: $60 for all 4 / Non-Members $80 for all 4

Buy tickets online via our secure Museum store
or call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100

Downloadable Sailors’ Series Brochure (PDF)


Thursday, February 27
36 years of 12 America’s Cups: 1977 – 2013
With Daniel Forster

(view lecture on YouTube)

Award-winning photographer Daniel Forster has covered twelve America’s Cup races and ten Olympic Games during his 40 year career. His photographs have appeared in every major nautical magazine in America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, as well as on the cover of Time Magazine. He will discuss his thrilling career and the inside stories behind his iconic images of modern America’s Cup competition.
Sponsored by Luzo Auto Center

Thursday, March 27
Innovations in 21st Century America’s Cup Design
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. ORACLE TEAM USA Chief Engineer Dirk Kramers and Wing Designer Scott Ferguson will discuss 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. Ferguson has participated in two winning America’s Cup teams. He is a Naval Architect and a specialist in the design of carbon fiber grand prix racing spars.

Thursday, April 24
Maritime Paintings in the William I. Koch Collection
With Natasha Khandekar

American businessman and 1992 America’s Cup Winner William I. Koch has an unparalleled collection of maritime paintings. Experience the masterworks of his collection through a presentation and discussion with Natasha Khandekar, Director and Curator of the William I. Koch Collection. Before joining Mr. Koch’s team, Khandekar worked in the public sector with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Art Interactive, Cambridge; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Thursday, May 8th (canceled)
A Shared Passion: Father and Son America’s Cup Winners
With Jerry and Rome Kirby

Father and son Jerry and Rome Kirby both hold the distinction of winning the America’s Cup. Jerry is a veteran of six America’s Cup campaigns and won the Cup in 1992 on America3. Rome was the only American and the youngest member of ORACLE TEAM USA, which staged a dramatic comeback to win the America’s Cup in 2013. Both have also successfully raced in the Volvo Ocean Race. They will talk about their “family business” of competitive sailing, sharing their challenges, successes, and hopes for the future.



Last modified: August 30, 2016