IYRS opens Bristol branch

BRISTOL, R.I. — The International Yacht Restoration School will offer its first course in Bristol, R.I. today, The Providence Journal reported in a story on its Web site.

The Newport-based school is renting 2,000 square feet in a six-acre being developed by Bristol Marine, which now houses local maritime businesses, including Alden Yachts, a custom boatbuilder, and All Paint, a yacht finishing company.

The school also neighbors East Passage Boatwrights, a company founded by three of its alumni that builds and refurbishes wooden boats, according to the story.

“The location’s perfect,” Susan Daly, the school’s marketing director, said in an interview with the newspaper. “It’s great to be up there. We could be there forever.”

Over the past year, the school has been looking at broadening its presence, and targeted Bristol because of the town’s growing marine-services industry. As part of its effort, it introduced a continuing-education curriculum that was certified by the American Boat and Yacht Council, the newspaper reported.

The school plans a series of boating-systems courses there that will cater to people already working in the marine industry who are seeking further training. Most classes will be held at nights and on weekends.

The first class being offered is Electrical Fundamentals.

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