Monday, October 6, 2014
Heritage 12 metre
15 June 09 Heritage
OWNER: 12 Metre Charters, Newport http://12metercharters.com/
DESIGNER: Charley Morgan, St. Petersburg FL http://www.charleymorgan.com/
BUILDER: Morgan Yachts, St. Petersburg, FL
LENGTH: 63 feet[19.2 meters]
HULL: Double planked, sitka spruce and cedar over alternating frames of ash and laminated fir
HISTORY: In 1970, the colorful Charley Morgan took on a monumental task. Alone, he designed, built, made sails for, and skippered his own America’s Cup campaign. His boat-Heritage [12 Meter US –23] was “an outsider from the south” – he sailed her from St. Petersburg, FL on her own bottom to compete against four other America’s Cup competitors. After a successful start, Heritage lost the defense to Intrepid, but the story does not end there.
Converted to an ocean racer, Heritage went on to campaign in races throughout the East Coast and in the Great Lakes. During the 1980’s Heritage met up again with her old rival Intrepid on the Great Lakes and avenged her previous America’s Cup defeat- winning the prestigious Chicago Mackinac Race in both 1983 and 1984.
Next, Heritage went on to compete in her second Antigua Race Week before transiting the Panama Canal and going to California. In 1990 Heritage was purchased by her current owner and brought back to New England. She is now a part of the vibrant 12 Meter Charter and racing scene here in Newport. Look for Heritage to join the rest of the 12 Meter fleet for the 12 Metre World Championships coming to Newport this September.