A well-reported story on the 2011 Inaugural Induction, featuring interviews with Dennis Conner & Ted Turner.

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NASCAR has Charlotte, Rock and Roll has Cleveland, and one can hardly watch sports on TV without hearing about Hall of Fame inductees in basketball (Springfield), baseball (Cooperstown) and tennis (Newport). Now sailing will also have a home, with the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame (NSHOF) set to honor its first class of inductees on October 23, 2011, during ceremonies scheduled to take place at San Diego Yacht Club in California. The undertaking to recognize Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of sailing is central to the mission of the NSHOF which was formed in 2005 and has already completed phase one of its plan to establish a permanent facility on the historic waterfront of Annapolis, Maryland.

Having progressed from concept to property acquisition to the establishment of an educational program, the National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame is now taking steps to determine the first 15 inductees with the confirmation of its selection process. Nominations will be accepted from the general public for candidates who are American citizens, who are 45 years of age and up, and who have made significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the U.S. in categories such as design, racing, cruising, coaching and administration, among others. Non-citizens may be included if they have also had an impact on the sport in the U.S., and posthumous nominations will also be accepted.

“We now have one place that will honor the heroes of American sailing,” said US SAILING President Gary Jobson in endorsing the NSHOF. A selection committee appointed by the NSHOF will include representatives from the national governing body, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing and NSHOF founding yacht clubs.

The nomination period will run from April 1 through June 1, with the inductees for 2011 determined by late August. For 2011, 2012 and 2013 the number of inductees will not exceed 15, thereafter it will not exceed five.

The National Sailing Center & 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 to providing an international landmark for sailing enthusiasts. The NSHOF has partnered with US SAILING and the U.S. Naval Academy, and is associated with the Herreshoff Marine Museum, Sailing World, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Water Trail, the Congressional Cup and Hudson River Community Sailing in its efforts to recognize role models of outstanding achievement.

This page will soon be updated with news, announcements and links to nomination forms.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Gelenitis Alison

Betsy Alison

“I've never been afraid to ask questions.”

March 25, 1960 -
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey

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Hobart "Hobie" Alter

Hobie Alter

“I didn't know anything about sailing so I wasn't confused by any past ideas. And the fact (catamarans) had speed...if you were a surfer, you wanted a little more thrilling thing.”

October 31, 1933 - March 29, 2014
Birthplace: Ontario, California

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Capt. Charles "Charlie" Barr

Charlie Barr

“You hired me to win this race and that is what I intend to do.”

1864 - January 25, 1911
Birthplace: Gourock, Scotland. Naturalized U.S. Citizen.

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Paul Pierre Cayard

Paul Cayard

“I learned more about sailing on one leg of the Whitbread than I'd learned in the last ten years."

Birthplace: San Francisco, California

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Dennis Walter Conner

Dennis Conner

“Competition is life's blood, and I'm a vampire.”

September 16, 1942 -
Birthplace: San Diego, California

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Capt. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff

Nathanael Herreshoff

“There are only two colors to paint a boat - black or white. And only a fool would paint a boat black.”

March 18, 1848 - June 2, 1938
Birthplace: Bristol, Rhode Island

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Frederick Emmart "Ted" Hood

Ted Hood

“When I was young, I thought if I can be a sail maker, make $12,000 a year, sail and work on boats, I'll be happy.”

May 5, 1927 -  June 28, 2013
Birthplace: Beverly, Massachusetts

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Gary Alan Jobson

Gary Jobson

“What you learn is more important than how you finish.”

July 17, 1950 -
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey

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Harry C. "Buddy" Melges, Jr.

Buddy Melges

“The best helmsmen are the ones who can keep the most channels open.”

January 26, 1930 -
Birthplace: Zenda, Wisconsin

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Emil "Bus" Mosbacher, Jr.

Bus Mosbacher

“Starts are of great importance... in a match race, perhaps 50%.”

April 1, 1922 - August 13, 1997
Birthplace: White Plains, New York

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Lowell Orten North

Lowell North

“In my wildest dreams I wouldn't have imagined where North Sails has gone.”

December 2, 1929 -
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri

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Joshua Slocum

joshua Slocum

“To young men contemplating a voyage, I say go.”

February 20, 1844 - Unknown
Birthplace: Mount Hanley, Nova Scotia.
Naturalized U.S. Citizen 1865 in San Francisco.

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Olin James Stephens II

Olin Stephens

“I was lucky; I had a goal. As far back as I can remember I wanted to design fast boats.”

April 13, 1908 - September 13, 2008
Birthplace: New York

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Robert Edward "Ted" Turner

Ted Turner

“I lose my self-restraint and just get up and dance sometimes.”

November 19, 1938 -
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Harold Stirling "Mike" Vanderbilt

Harold Vanderbilt

“Henceforth (with the J-class) we will take tiny steps. Such is the history of things associated with mechanics as they approach the perfection man is capable of bestowing.”

July 6, 1884 - July 4, 1970
Birthplace: Oakdale, New York

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Click here to view all 2011 Inductee bios on one page.

2011 National Sailing Hall of Famers at Induction 2011, San Diego Yacht Club

The first class of inductees were recognized on October 23, 2011 in ceremonies held at the San Diego Yacht Club in California. Here are some links to see photos of the occasion:


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PHOTOS - Visit San Diego Yacht Club's Flickr Photostream in a new window

VIDEO - Salute to the Class of 2011
Plus "A Tribute to Walter Cronkite" & Interviews

Highlights from the 2011 National Sailing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at the San Diego Yacht Club, followed by a tribute to Walter Cronkite - for whom this year's Induction was dedicated. Also includes interviews with some of the 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

VIDEO - KUSI-TV News Story:


ARTICLE - Read coverage of the Induction in a Sailing Magazine article



Click here to read the bylaws and selection criteria used for the Class of 2011.


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