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Bernida’s 100th Birthday Celebration

Celebrate the 100 year legacy of this elegant vessel with us all season long! Events include a special lecture, a new featured exhibit, kids’ rain gutter regatta, raffle for a private charter aboard Bernida, and a birthday bash to finish the season off with a bang. Join us as we commemorate the incredible story of Bernida that spans a century. For more information and details, visit our Events Calendar.


Bernida does not replicate history.  She is history.

Designed by Geo. Owen and built by Lawley, giants within and during the golden years of American yachting, Bernida was launched in 1921 and sailed from the Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead, Massachusetts, itself an icon of yacht racing history.

Bernida is a Universal Rule R Class Sloop and a thoroughbred racing yacht.  She made her way to the Great Lakes in 1925 and won the inaugural Bayview-Port Huron Mackinac Race later that summer.  She won again in 1927.

After spending some seasons in Holland and Pentwater, she was lost for a time and later discovered in a barn near Frankfort, Michigan.  After refurbishment in 2010, she entered the Bayview-Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 2012 and repeated her victory of 87 years before.

She was donated to the Michigan Maritime Museum within weeks of her triumph.

She is fast and elegant; like the 1920’s. Come join the Museum and the crew to experience Bernida yourself!

Length: 32′ 2″
Beam: 8′
Draft: 5′ 6″
Mast: 50′
Sail Area: 600 sqft