Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing Inc. (HCS&R) is a Michigan not for profit corporation and a federal 501(c)3 organization. HCS&R incorporated in February 2012. Our purpose is to encourage boat building, sailing and rowing in traditional regional boats. We are actively looking for interested persons to join us in our building, sailing and rowing programs.
Notice for 2017: Custom
Built Nick Schade's "The Great Auk" sea kayak & two-bladed paddle
Tickets will be sold every Saturday at the Tawas and AuSable/Oscodo Farm Markets and at the Paul Bunyan Days in Oscoda.
The Tawas Farm Market starts Saturdays in May 2017 and the AuSable/Oscoda Farm Market starts Wednesdays in May 2017
Mackinaw boats of the 1800's
The Heritage-23 Coast Sailing and Rowing organization was patterned after the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, a very successful regional organization in the United Kingdom. Scottish Coastal Rowing uses the St. Ayles Skiff as a one-design class for the regattas and events it conducts each year. Approximately fifty skiffs participate in the regattas. The Heritage 23 is based on the historic Mackinaw boat of the mid -1800s. Designer Richard Pierce of Isle of Luing, Scotland scaled down the typical Mackinaw boat, making the Heritage-23 suitable for modern epoxy resin and plywood construction, for rowing and for sailing.
Alec Jordan of Jordan Boats, Fife Scotland took Pierce's design and crafted a kit for the boat. Jordan has been designing and packaging kits for 10 years. Hewes and Company of Blue Hill, Maine manufactures kits and will make the Heritage 23 kit available in the US.
The 2016 Heritage-23 Sailing, Rowing and Building Season is about to begin with a new schedule of activities.
The Heritage-23 is located at the East Tawas State Dock during the 2016 season. See programs under "Calendar" to schedule a row, sail, or build activity for 2016. In 2014, our newly finished Penobscot 14 joined the fleet. Many new projects are in progress and volunteers are needed. Our third "smooth" hull Heritage was added to the fleet in 2015. Building a cedar plank canoe that was auctioned in 2015 was a great success. In 2016, we are building a second canoe which will be auctioned in the fall of 2016. Tickets can be purchased at the Farm Market in Tawas and other locations in the area.
See the Penobscot 14 building completion page.
Our first boat is configured for either rowing by a team of up to 4 rowers and one coxswain or as a double masted sailing skiff. You can see more details of the boat's unique design in our construction pages..
Resting after the Tawas Invitational Races
The Heritage 23, a modern adaptation of the original Mackinaw Boat, was recently displayed in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. The recent news page has details and photos of the display. The Heritage-23 is now in slip 102 at the Tawas Point State Dock and ready for rowing and sailing.
Construction of our third Heritage 23 was completed in 2015. We are looking for volunteers to help us build additional Heritage 23 boats and for donors to help finance the new boats. 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. Enjoy the video below on our volunteers at work!
In addition we offer our assistance to groups along the Heritage Coast and elsewhere wishing to build, sail, and row a Heritage 23.
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