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HERITAGE COAST SAILING & ROWING INC.
PO BOX 221
Tawas City, MI 48764-0221

989 460-2642
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 9, 2017

From: Stephanie Wentworth

HERITAGE COAST SAIL DAYS

It's only February but not too early to plan for Appledore sailing in Tawas Bay

The Schooner Appledore V will be sailing into Tawas Bay May 21st for a month long port visit. Heritage Coast Sailing & Rowing Inc has teamed up with BaySail, City of East Tawas, East Tawas Business Association, Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to make the boat available for educational and pleasure sails. Appledore will be at the East Tawas State Dock from May 21 until June 18.The schooners Appledore V and Appledore IV are owned and operated by BaySail, a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Bay City. Tall ship adventures aboard Appledore further BaySail's mission to foster environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay watershed and the Great Lakes ecosystem and to provide personal development opportunities for learners of all ages through shipboard and land-based educational experiences.  Since its founding in 1998, more than 42,000 young people have experienced a BaySail education program.

Allen Tubbs, East Tawas Business Association president, is contacting area schools within our nine county region for onboard class sessions tailored to Tawas Bay. Tubbs said those teachers planning a trip should  book as soon as possible. By its very nature, the ship has a limited capacity, he said. We have 21 days for classes and they will fill quickly. This is such a great opportunity for our kids to learn about the the blue water highway, Lake Huron.

Rebecca Buchanan, Chair, Heritage Coast Sponsorship Committee, is seeking sponsors to offset the cost for the schools. The Science under Sail program, for students of all ages, is $500 per sail. Buchanan said "We hope you will consider helping to make this opportunity for the communities"  youth a success with your sponsorship as we hope to make this an annual opportunity..

In addition to the Science Under Sail programs, there are plenty of opportunities to sail for fun. There will be Stargazer & Moonlight Sails, Tawas Bay day sails, (two hour sail from the East Tawas State Dock into Tawas Bay), as well as opportunities to plan your own group cruises.

David Wentworth of Heritage Coast Sailing & Rowing Inc.said, HCS&R is delighted to bring the Appledore to Tawas Bay. We hope that this is the first year of an annual event that will put on display Tawas Bay Đ our wonderful water resource. We also hope that it will recreate our historic link to the Great Lakes as a key to our economic history. We hope that the event will add strength to the area economy.

In addition to the Appledore, HCS&R will conduct a Symposium June 9, 2017. This will be a meeting of Great Lakes historians and traditional boat enthusiasts who will discuss the origin of the Mackinaw boat. Mackinaw boats were the pickup trucks of the Great Lakes for over a century. The Heritage 23, the boats built by HCS&R and available for community sailing and rowing, are Mackinaw boats.

On June 10,2017 HCS&R will hold its third annual Traditional Craft Sailing and Rowing races. Bring your own boat or put together a rowing crew and sign up to race one of HCS&R boats.

For more information, contact Scott Ellis (scotte@baysailbaycity.org), BaySail (989 895-5193) or the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce (989 362-8643).

HERITAGE COAST CANOE RAFFLE WINNER

December 30, 2016
From: Stephanie Wentworth
989.362.3193

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HERITAGE COAST CANOE RAFFLE WINNER

Wayne Childs, from Hope, Michigan, was the lucky winner of the Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing E. M. White designed guide canoe raffle. The winning ticket, number 446, was purchased on June 4th at the Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market in Tawas City. Childs has been a regular vendor at the market for years and his vegetable booth happened to be located next to the canoe.

"I thought it was really quite pretty and thought why not get some tickets. Guess it was a good move", Childs said.

HCS&R members built the wooden, handcrafted, 18 foot 6 inch guide canoe with paddles and sold raffle tickets. Funds generated from this project will feed material for future construction and growth.

HCS&R Inc is a Michigan not-for-profit corporation and a federal 501(c)3 organization. Their purpose is to encourage boat building, sailing and rowing in traditional regional boats. The group is actively looking for interested persons to join in building, sailing and rowing programs. No experience necessary.

Construction has already begun on the 2017 raffle prize, a 17 foot Great Auk seakayak.

Photo: HCS&R member David Wentworth, right, delivered the canoe and paddles to 2016 raffle ticket winner Wayne Childs and his wife Kathy. Childs and his family were extremely pleased , and there was some, but not unanimous, talk among the family members about putting it in their living room.

May 3, 2016

From:  Stephanie Wentworth
 989.362.3193

PRESS RELEASE

 ROW, ROW, ROW OUR BOATS!

 

The latest exercise trend is rowing, which offers incredible workouts in a short amount of time.  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is not quite as “gentle” as the nursery rhyme suggests. 

Heritage Coast Sailing & Rowing has boats to row on Tawas Bay.

Rowing offers a total body workout, working 23 different muscle groups, low impact, is easy to learn and fun for all ages and levels.  Local gyms and health clubs have inside rowing machines.   HCS&R has boats in the water for public rowing use.

The boats will be in the water at the State Dock in East Tawas.  Membership is required.  The cost is $25 for the 2016 season or a day use pass of $1 (limit 3).  Membership allows participation in boat building, rowing and sailing. 

The idea of the Heritage 23 was dreamed up in 2011 when a small group founded HCS&R, Inc. David Wentworth, HCS&R chair said “We built our first Heritage 23 boat in 2011 and now have a fleet of three.   The boats are strongly built and very stable for operating in open waters.  Fun to row.  Easy too!  Incredible exercise!”

There will be a coxswain class Saturday, May 21 taught by Jodie Carpenter, water sport instructor at the Bay Front Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.  A second class on how to row will be May 28.  Classes are free to members.

HCS&R Inc is a Michigan not-for-profit corporation and a federal 501(c)3 organization.  Their purpose is to encourage boat building, sailing and rowing in traditional regional boats. 

The 2016 Rowing and Sailing program is posted on the Heritage Coast website.   www.heritage-23.org    For additional information, call 989.460.2642.

 

 

December 30, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HERITAGE COAST CANOE RAFFLE WINNER

Doreen Muzzarelli was the lucky winner of the Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing “Wee Lassie II” canoe raffle.  The winning ticket was purchased during the Paul Bunyan Days celebration in September in Oscoda.

HCS&R members built a wooden, handcrafted, featherweight, 13 foot 8 inch single person canoe with paddle  and sold raffle tickets.  Funds generated from this project will feed material for future construction and growth. 

HCS&R Inc is a Michigan not-for-profit corporation and a federal 501(c)3 organization.  Their purpose is to encourage boat building, sailing and rowing in traditional regional boats.  The group is actively looking for interested persons to join in building, sailing and rowing programs.

The 2016 Sailing and Rowing program will be posted on the Heritage Coast website.  www.heritage-23.org.  For additional information, call 989.460.2642.

 

Photo:  HCS&R members left Ken Rogers, David Wentworth and Joe Czaika delivered the canoe and paddle to ticket winner Doreen Muzzarelli , her husband Douglas and dog Rusty.   Ms. Muzzarelli said “This was one of the best Christmas presents ever!  I cannot wait to use it with our six grandchildren.”.

March 22, 2013

The Heritage 23, a Mackinaw Boat, is being displayed in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

Heritage-23 on display at Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena Michigan

Ground level view of Heritage 23 in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.

View of the Heritage from the Mezzanine of the Maritime Heritage Center.  Note the Buoy and Kayak suspended from the ceiling.

Broadside view of the H-23 as seen from the Mezzanine.  Note the stern of the replica wooden Great Lakes schooner in the lower left of the photo.  A view of the H-23 from the stern of the replica wooden Great Lakes schooner.  Note the schooner’s lines and sail in the top of the picture.  The two display boards and five information sheets are shown.

A stern view of the H-23 from the museum’s mezzanine..

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center staff members

Stephanie Gandulla, Media & Outreach Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator and C. Patrick Labadie, Historian are pictured by the H-23.  Stephanie was instrumental in displaying the boat at the Center and Pat was of vital assistance in providing Mackinaw boat information to the H-23 designer, Richard Pierce.

A poster describing the Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix sponsored by Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing is prominently displayed.
Additional information can be seen on The Alpena News and the Detroit News.
 


Oar Design Seeks Comments and Kit Design Improvements Meeting
September 24, 2013

Many rowing organizations have created a unique method of branding their oars.  They do so by designing an oar “logo” and painting the oar blades with an easily recognizable logo.  Marking oars with a unique pattern not only makes it easy to recognize a boat in a fleet but also a single oar.  Many examples of oar blade painting are displayed on Oar Spotter. Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing is experimenting with blade painting and has marked on set of oars with a “sunrise” pattern.  A pair of "sunrise" oars are shown below.   Comments and alternate designs are sought.  Send your email by clicking here.


Sunrise oar design
 

Leo Chartier, Dave Wentworth, Jim Kirchner and Dave Gilles watch a sequential slide show of construction photos as they work on kit improvement suggestions for the Heritage 23 kit.  The recommendations have been forwarded to kit designer Alec Jordan of Jordan Boats and boat designer Richard Pierce.  They will be reviewed and as many as possible included.  The kit improvement process for the Heritage 23 is unique.  Builders, boat designer and kit designer all worked on completing the prototype boat.  Many improvements have already been incorporated and others will still be incorporated before boat 2 is started.  Changes that would normally take several boat builds to incorporate in the boat are now in the kit.  The construction of boat two is planned for this winter.  Construction will start in late November or early December.  Volunteer builders and donations are sought.



September 10, 2012

SECOND HERITAGE 23 TO BE BUILT THIS WINTER

The second Heritage 23 will be constructed this winter.  Like the first build, it will be a combined sailing and rowing version.  Volunteer builders are sought to work on the boat this winter.  Individuals of varying skill levels are welcome. Construction is to start in November.  We hope to have two building groups each day.  One during the day and an evening group for those who are interested, but are committed during the day. 

Second Mackinaw boat starts in the fall of 2012

Fund raising has begun and we are off to a good start.  The total material cost of the boat is approximately $8,500 including sails and oars.  Funds for our various programs are not mixed.  Boat funds are for boats.  Race funds are for races. 

The new boat will join the first boat serving the community by providing low cost access to our beautiful bay.  Again, rowers and sailors are welcome, regardless of skill level.

To contribute to the boat fund, please send a donation to:
        Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing
        Boat Fund
        1929 Douglas Drive
        Tawas City, Michigan 48763

501 ( c ) ( 3 )  APPLICATION  NEARS  COMPLETION
Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing is a Michigan not-for-profit corporation.  We are in the process of completing our application for Federal non-profit status.  We hope to submit the forms within a month.  It is difficult to predict the time required for approval, but we hope that we will hear this year.
 


BUDGETING  PROCESS  FOR  2013  IS  UNDERWAY

This fall will be a busy time for us.  In preparation for next year, we working on a detailed plan and budget for next year.  WCS&R was formed in February of 2012.  We  designed and built a the Heritage 23, based on the historic Mackinaw boats,  based on modern plywood and resin construction, and based on pre-cut (kit) methods.  We organized and ran the Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix which brought high-tech, high-powered and high-speed racing boats to Tawas Bay for a wonderful family oriented event.  We maintained good financial control using old fashioned shoe-box methods. 

Although effective, these financial controls are being replaced with an accounting and budgeting system.  We are very fortunate to have Joe Reitz assisting us in this area. 

In our planning process, we will be fine tuning and reviewing the :

    ✓        Heritage Coast Offshore Grand Prix
    ✓        Membership structure for boat use
    ✓        Boat building cost
    ✓        Sailing and rowing instructors/coaches
    ✓        Methods to expand the program

 

WOODEN  BOAT  MAGAZINE (12/05/2012) ISSUE

Watch for an article on the Heritage 23 in Wooden Boat Magazine’s December 5, 2012 issue.  George Jepson a writer from Wooden Boat was here on a very windy, blustery day in August.  The Heritage 23 performed well and demonstrated her flexibility and strengths.  Our thanks to the crew of Richard Pierce, Dave Gilles and Chuck Somers whose skill made the sail look easy.  The rowing crew added John Wilson and Dave Wentworth.  The lee of the State Dock makes a nice rowing area.


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