The International Yacht Restoration School at 449 Thames St. in Newport is hosting free America's Cup exhibition this summer, through Oct. 1, one comprised entirely from the collection of William I. Koch. It features fine art, artifacts and other objects, including gifts given within the social circles of those who have competed for the coveted trophy. Koch's collection on display covers about 150 years of America's Cup history.
Koch, an America's Cup champion in 1992 and who developed the historic all-women's team for the 1995 race, is well known in the sailing world. Among his other titles are two Maxi Yacht World Championships in 1990 and 1991. Koch is known for his art collection as well, which consists of works by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Modigliani, Picasso and others. Items from Koch?s collections have been shown at the Louvre, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach.
The America's Cup exhibit at the school is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.iyrs.org or call 401-848-5777, ext 222.