Designer: Charles E. Morgan, Jr. | Morgan Yacht Corp.
Year Built: 1970
Length Overall: 19.20m | Waterline: 14.40m
Beam: 3.78m | Draft 2.84m | Displacement: 29.8 tons | Sail Area: 164sq. m
Construction: double planked Sitka spruce topsides with a mahogany sheer strake, double planked western red cedar below the waterline, over laminated Sitka spruce frames with steam-bent white ash frames in between
First Owner: Heritage Syndicate Charles E. Morgan, Jr. Syndicate, U.S.A.
Current Owner: Eli Massar and Emily Pollack | Homeport: Newport, RI
Charles E. Morgan was a renowned designer, yacht builder, sailmaker and ocean racer. To enter as a challenger in the America’s Cup he sold his business, Morgan Yachts to finance his campaign. Although Heritage was a “splendid” 12, inspired by Intrepid, she had more wetted surface and displacement and so was not competitive.
Now owned by Don Wildman of Chicago, IL, she was altered to IOR rating including a redesigned keel and rudder and a new masthead rig. She was raced extensively in the Great Lakes, the Caribbean, and on the West Coast. By 1985 she had been donated to the Sea Scouts of America.
Jeffrey G. Barrows, HYC, Inc. purchased Heritage in California in 1990 and brought her to Marblehead, MA. By 1993, Heritage was sailing in Newport, R.I. In 2000 she was refitted with a 12 metre rig.
Heritage was purchased by Eli Massar and Emily Pollack in 2013. Homeport: Newport R.I.
*Content courtesy: The Twelve Metre Class by Dyer Jones & Luigi Lang