In the remote North Atlantic the whaleboats of the Azores evolved over a hundred years to become some of the most beautiful and efficient working vessels in the world. With a shocking amount of sail area and a needle-like bow they are the product of intense competition and a demanding environment, realized through the skill of a few Portuguese boatbuilders. Explore the rich heritage of the Azorean whaleboat with Bruce Halabisky: from design through restoration, and its emergence as a modern international racing class. Halabisky worked under master builder João Tavares on the construction of the first Azorean whaleboat to be built in 50 years, Bela Vista, which was launched in 1997 and later donated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He has been a frequent contributor to Wooden Boat Magazine and in 1999 he co-authored the book "Twice Round the Loggerhead – the Culture of Whaling in the Azores" with Lance R. Lee. The Sailors' Series is supported by Ruth and Hope Atkinson, and supported in part by The Samuel D. Rusitzky Lecture Fund. Additional support comes from Babbitt Steam Specialty, Burr Brothers Boats and Luzo Auto Center. Reception 6 pm; presentation 6:30 pm. Reservations strongly recommended.