Immediate Release Sept.
O’Farrell at Mystic Seaport
Contact: Caroline Chetelat at ABYC
Mystic Seaport Announces Affiliation with
Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology
Westlawn Moves Connecticut Office to Mystic
September 15, 2005, Mystic, CT and Annapolis, MD: Mystic
Seaport and the Westlawn Institute of
Marine Technology have formed an affiliation to further maritime tradition
As part of the
affiliation, Westlawn has moved its Connecticut office to the Mystic Seaport campus and now has
access to the Museum’s many resources – such as the ships plans library and
small craft collection – to help enhance Westlawn’s curriculum.
“Mystic Seaport is
looking enthusiastically toward the future of this initiative,” said Doug
Teeson, president and director of the Museum. “This is a natural relationship
that helps to ensure the connection between today’s students of boat design and
the traditions of American boat design that Mystic Seaport is uniquely able to
“We at Westlawn are
looking forward to being able to use the extraordinary resources of Mystic
Seaport to enhance our program and offer new and exciting opportunities for our
students and alumni, and to even better serve the boating industry,” said
Westlawn Director Dave Gerr.
In addition to its
relationship with Mystic Seaport, Westlawn is also the educational affiliate of
the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC),
which has been writing the safety standards for small-craft for more than 50
years. The new Westlawn/ABYC office at Mystic Seaport will strengthen the
existing Mystic Seaport/ABYC connection, and offer more opportunities for
marine education. Mystic Seaport has hosted ABYC educational programs for two
consecutive years. A third year is currently scheduled.
Westlawn and Mystic
Seaport have also joined together to form the North American Boat Designers’ Hall
of Fame. Inaugural members Olin Stephens and Philip Rhodes were inducted in
February, 2005. New members will be inducted annually. In addition to providing
space at Mystic Seaport, the hope is for the Hall of Fame to have a significant
web component which can be utilized by a much greater audience.
Founded in 1930, the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is
the only nationally accredited and state certified distance-learning school of
small-craft design in the United States. As the not-for-profit educational affiliate of the American Boat and Yacht Council, The mission of
the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology is threefold:
■ To provide our students with the skills knowledge
required to build a rewarding career in the profession of yacht and small-craft
■ To support continued growth of the
recreational and small-craft marine community through the development of
well-trained, safety oriented, boat designers developing better products for
the benefit of the boating public.
■ To provide continuing education to marine
To learn more about
Westlawn, please call (860) 572-7900 or visit the Westlawn website at www.westlawn.edu.
Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and
the Sea – is the nation’s leading maritime museum presenting the American
experience from a maritime perspective. Located along the banks of the historic
Mystic River in Mystic, Connecticut, the Museum houses extensive collections
representing the material culture of maritime America and offers educational
programs from preschool to post-graduate. For more information, call (888) 973-2767
or visit www.mysticseaport.org.