Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend


Built in 1921 to race in the ocean, a sailboat named Bernida captures the heart of a Michigan sailor.  He buys the boat and brings her to the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit.  In 1925 the sailor enters Bernida in the very first Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race.  Bernida not only wins that first race but she wins again in 1927!  Her future seems bright.

But after the race's rules change, Bernida is no longer allowed to compete.  Her racing days over, the sailboat is left in a barn and neglected for decades.

A new owner eventually buys her and gives her a quiet life on a lake.  But life has a few surprises in store for Bernida.