What is The Heritage 23 all about?

The Heritage 23, a Mackinaw Boat, is currently being displayed in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Great Lakes index_rowing_versionMaritime Heritage Center. The recent news page has details and photos of the display. HCS&R is also sponsoring the 2nd Annual Heritage Coast Grand Prix races at Tawas Bay on June 13 to 16, 2013.

Construction of our second Heritage 23 will begin in mid April 2013. We are looking for volunteers to help us build and for donors to help finance the new boat. This is an ideal chance to join our not-for-profit corporation, to build wooden boats, and to help develop and organize regattas on the Heritage Coast of Michigan.

The purpose of building the vessel was to preserve the historic regional design, and to facilitate modern techniques with traditional designs.

The organization is patterned after the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, which uses the St. Ayles Skiff as the design class for the regattas and events it conducts each year.

In two years, 25 St. Ayles skiffs have been launched, with 29 others under construction. The sport is attracting participation from all ages, men and women alike.