for john mecray the preservation of our yachting heritage has been an adjunct to his painting. it led to his founding of the museum of yachting and more recently as a co-founder of the international yacht restoration school, known by its acronym, iyrs.
"iyrs has positively been the most gratifying thing i've ever been involved with", says the artist. "it's a wonderful experience to see classic vessels restored to their former glory and usefulness - while teaching rewarding and marketable skills".
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or on the waterfront across from our offices at