Tuesday, November 12, 2019

National Sailing Hall of Fame Names Ten New Members

2019 NSHOF Inducts Ten of the Sport's Game Changers

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) this weekend celebrated its ninth class of inductees during ceremonies at the 126-year-old Seattle Yacht Club’s Mainstation, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and located on Portage Bay. 

NSHOF Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees 2019
“These Induction ceremonies are the crown jewel of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, they are why we exist, they are core to our mission of celebrating the heroes of our sport,” said Gus Carlson, President of the NSHOF in his opening remarks. “The Inductees we are honoring today cover a broad spectrum of our sport, and the influences they have had have been game changing.” 

On-hand to welcome the Class of 2019 into their ranks were prior Inductees Gary Jobson, Bob Johnstone and Tom Whidden. The 10 Inductees, including eight posthumous honorees, bring to 81 the number of enshrined heroes of the sport. The National Sailing Hall of Fame continues to fulfill its mission by drawing attention and recognition to Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing.

Inducted to the National Sailing Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2019: passionate sailor whose leadership in establishing safety protocols has had a global impact on offshore sailing, Capt. John Bonds (Annapolis, Md./Charleston, S.C.); founder, in 1906, of The Newport Bermuda Race Thomas F. Day (Somerset, England/New York, N.Y.); sailmaker Robbie Doyle (Marblehead, Mass.); Olympic Gold Medalist Buddy Friedrichs (New Orleans, La.); the sport’s first-ever Women’s Olympic Gold Medalist Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg, Fla.); clipper ship builder Donald McKay (Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia/East Boston, Mass.); the grandfather of fiberglass production, Everett A. Pearson (Warren, R.I./Estero, Fla.); pioneering yacht designer Doug Peterson (San Diego, Calif.); magazine editor and publisher Herbert Lawrence Stone (Charleston, S.C./New York, N.Y.).  One additional Inductee, author and world champion sailor, Arthur Knapp, Jr. (Larchmont, N.Y.), is being recognized with the NSHOF Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sailors from all corners of the country nominated their choice for induction, after which the selection committee reviewed a wide range of nominations to determine the members of this class of Inductees. Nominations are accepted year-round at nominate.nshof.org, with March 31 as the cutoff for nominating someone for the current year.

Inductees are American citizens, 55 years of age or older, who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in the categories of Sailing, Technical/Design and Contributor (coach, administrator, sailing media). Nominations of non-citizens were also considered if they influenced the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations were also accepted, with a mandate (as of 2019) that three Inductees be deceased for 60 years or more as part of an effort to specifically recognize the forefathers of American sailing who helped shape the sport we know today.

The Lifetime Achievement Award inducts an American citizen, 55 years of age or older, who has had consistent involvement in sailing for a majority of his or her life and had success in the sport while also becoming successful and achieving noteworthy stature in a non-sailing career.

The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport is central to the mission of the NSHOF which was formed in 2005 in Annapolis, Maryland. Earlier this year, the organization purchased the historic Armory on the waterfront in Newport, R.I. In a building that once served as the press center for the America’s Cup, a home to honor the heroes of American sailing will be created; preserving the sport’s past while engaging the next generation in its future. Interactive educational exhibits will provide real-world applications of STEAM concepts that come alive through sailing; and visitors of all ages, non-sailors and sailors alike, will experience the magic that happens when wind and water meet. Before the exhibits are installed, the NSHOF Class of 2020 Inductees will be celebrated in the newly restored building on September 12, 2020.

For more on the Inductees, please visit:  http://halloffamers.nshof.org

About the NSHOF:  The National Sailing Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to:  preserving the history of the sport and its impact on American culture; honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing; the teaching of math, science and American history; inspiring and encouraging sailing development; and providing an international landmark for sailing enthusiasts. The NSHOF has partnered with US Sailing, and is associated with yacht clubs throughout the country, in its efforts to recognize role models of outstanding achievement. For more information, please visit:  www.nshof.org

2019 National Sailing Hall of Fame Inductees (alphabetical):
John B. Bonds* (Annapolis, Md./Charleston, S.C.)
Thomas F. Dayǂ (Somerset, England/New York, N.Y.)
Robbie Doyle (Marblehead, Mass.)
Buddy Friedrichs* (New Orleans, La.)
Allison Jolly (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Arthur Knapp, Jr.* (Larchmont, N.Y.) – 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award
Donald McKayǂ (Jordan Falls, Nova Scotia/East Boston, Mass.)
Everett A. Pearson* (Warren, R.I./Estero, Fla.)
Doug Peterson* (San Diego, Calif.)
Herbert Lawrence Stoneǂ (Charleston, S.C./New York, N.Y.)

*posthumous (ǂIndicates the Inductee has been deceased 60 years or more) 

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