Dyer Jones Appointed Chief Executive Officer

BRISTOL, R.I. (November 24, 2010) – The Herreshoff Marine Museum has begun a new chapter in its history with the appointment of Dyer Jones (Newport, R.I.) as its Chief Executive Officer.

Well-known for his work in three recent America’s Cup events – as Regatta Director for the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain, and as Chief Executive and Regatta Director for the Challengers in the 2000 and 2003 America’s Cup events held in Auckland, New Zealand – Jones also spent close to 30 years in various positions with The Anchorage, Inc. (Warren, R.I.) which designs and manufactures Dyer Boats. In addition, he is co-author of The 12 Metre Class: A History of the International 12 Metre Class and is a former Commodore of the New York Yacht Club.

“The challenge in taking on this role will be to build on the momentum that has been created by the founders of the Herreshoff Marine Museum. We must continue to preserve the legacy of the Herreshoff family, while working to move the institution forward,” said Jones, whose primary focus as CEO will be external relations and fundraising.

"We are very fortunate to have someone with Dyer Jones’ stature leading the Museum,” said Dave Ford (Bristol, R.I.), who was recently named Chairman of the Board, having served as a trustee since 2003. “His experience, expertise, passion and extensive network throughout the global sailing community will be a perfect fit with the Museum’s future plans. I have never been more excited about the direction of the Museum."

For the last 40 years the Museum was under the guidance of Halsey Herreshoff, son of the Museum’s founders, A. Sidney DeWolf and Rebecca Chase Herreshoff. Following his recent induction into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, Halsey elected to step down from his position as President of the Museum, but will remain as a trustee through the end of his term.

About the Herreshoff Marine Museum and the America's Cup Hall of Fame

The Herreshoff Marine Museum/America's Cup Hall of Fame is dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup competition.

The Museum and Hall of Fame are located on the site of the former Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, where, among other achievements, legendary yachts were constructed for eight consecutive America's Cup defenses between 1893 and 1934. The Museum, bordering Narragansett Bay, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is one of the nation's most important historic maritime treasures. It hosts classic yacht regattas, sponsors symposia on classic yacht design and restoration, and operates an outstanding sailing school for youth and adults.

For more information, visit www.herreshoff.org