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Welcome to the Induction ceremonies celebrating
the National Sailing Hall of Fame's Class of 2014.

The following events were streamed live. They will be made available for viewing in the near future:

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014  11:00AM ET 
Hall of Famers Youth Panel Discussion - Live from the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 1:00PM ET Official Induction Ceremony - Live from the Detroit Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan


Remembering Walter

CBS Video On YouTube

Click on the picture below or follow this link to watch this short celebration of Walter Cronkite's life and career.

September 12, 2009

Wednesday, September 2

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl


Sponsored by the City of Annapolis and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

August 27, 2009

Next Wednesday, September 9

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Screening at 8:00 p.m.
FREE Admission!
Bring a chair!

Sponsored by the City of Annapolis and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.

September 4, 2009

Huntress - Hinckley B40 Hull #1

LATEST NEWS:  Next Wednesday, for the first time ever, visitors to the National Sailing Hall of Fame Sailing Center will be able to see the entire span of production of the famous Hinckley Bermuda 40 design. HUNTRESS, hull #1 (photo above), and HIGHLANDS, hull #203, are respectively the first and last B-40s built. They illustrate 32 years of the evolution of the details of a design which, in its day, was the quintessential American yacht built to the CCA Rule. The hull never changed, but the deck lay out and the rig did.

Come down to Annapolis City Dock next Wednesday for this rare opportunity to tour sailing history.

August 28, 2009

The National Sailing Hall of Fame will be hosting the Hinckley B-40 Association for a 50th Anniversary rendezvous at the DNR/National Sailing Hall of Fame Pier adjacent to Susan Campbell Park in Annapolis on Wednesday, September 2.

The Bermuda 40 was designed in 1958 as a refinement of Bill Tripp's earlier Block Island 40 design. The sheer of the B-40 is slightly flatter, the transom more vertical and broader, and the bow is slightly less spoon-shaped. Henry R. Hinckley & Co. began production of the Bermuda 40 in 1959. Although Hinckley had experimented some with fiberglass boats prior to 1959, the B-40 was to become the bellwether for future production and established Hinckley as the premier North American builder of exceptional quality fiberglass sailing yachts. Over 200 Bermuda 40s have been built to date.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame welcomes the return of the Bermuda 40 Association to the Sailing Center.

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August 26, 2009

Walter Cronkite

1916 - 2009

Obituary from The Economist

Please share with your sailing friends.

Walter Cronkite
Jul 23rd 2009
From The Economist print edition

Walter Chronkite photo
Getty Images

Walter Cronkite, newsman, died on July 17th, aged 92

THE best hours of Walter Cronkite's life were not spent in a newsroom, or in pursuit of a story. They came after vigorous days of sailing his yawl Wyntje off the coast of Georgia or Maine. There was nothing more satisfying then, he wrote,

than dropping anchor in an otherwise deserted cove just before sunset, of pouring that evening libation and, with a freshly roasted bowl of popcorn, lying back as the geese and ducks and loons make your acquaintance and the darkness slowly descends to complement the silence.

An anchor, by the dictionary definition, was "a thing affording stability; a source of confidence". In its narrower sense of a man on television, holding a firm line through chaotic events, it was coined for Mr Cronkite in 1952, when he covered the Democratic and Republican conventions for CBS. That he went on to play the role of anchor for the whole of America, holding the craft steady through the gales of Vietnam, Watergate and the Kennedy and King assassinations with his reading of the CBS Evening News, was a source of both pride and surprise to him.

He liked to say he was a newsman. He aspired to be nothing else. But as America's stabiliser from 1962 to 1981, he was imbued with a different character. He was always a Midwesterner, from the deep middle, though he had spent his formative years in Texas rather than Missouri, where he was born. His voice was described as bass and stately, though it was often light and fast, gaining authority from the clipped fall of the sentences rather than the timbre. Viewers thought of "Uncle Walter", with his greying sideburns and sad, pale eyes, as calmness itself. But when John Kennedy was killed, in a flurry of rumours and alarms over his newsdesk, he constantly removed his horn-rimmed glasses, put them on again, and swallowed hard. When astronauts landed on the moon he gasped, mopped his brow and was speechless. Americans listening to him-husbands finishing the meatloaf, wives stacking the dishes, children already in pyjamas-sometimes described him as the voice of God. God created the world in half an hour (17 minutes with commercial breaks) and then, at 7pm, rested: "And that's the way it is on Friday, July 20th. For CBS News, I'm Walter Cronkite."

The objective centre

His career was founded firmly on reverence for facts, the natural bent of an old wire reporter who had done his footwork at the Battle of the Bulge and the Normandy landings. The rise and rise of "infotainment" on television distressed him. Features were fine in their place, but a news bulletin should contain at least a dozen bits of hard news that made sense of his complicated country and, if possible, the world.

With facts came objectivity, his fundamental creed. He hoped he could be described as a liberal in the true sense, non-dogmatic and non-committed. He was "not a registered anything". Many viewers doubted it, claiming "Pinko Cronkite" helped to push the country to the left and lose the war in Vietnam. It was true that in the spring of 1968 he declared-in tones apocalyptic rather than calm-that the summer would bring only stalemate in the war, escalation meeting new escalation, until the world approached "cosmic disaster". He had had his private doubts about the build-up of troops for three years. But almost at once, he regretted that his public words put him "on a side".

Anchoring him, too, was his belief in the freedom of the press and the right of the people to know. In the last years of the Nixon presidency he found himself fighting against wiretapping and the bullying of journalists, "a cold draught" through the door, but pulled on his mittens and got on with the job. His faith was placed solidly in the constitution, and in law and order. He was never so angry on-air as when Dan Rather, his successor on the CBS Evening News, was punched by security men during the wild Democratic convention in Chicago in 1968. The scene made him want to pack up his microphone and leave. Yet he did not support the demonstrators either, who were drawn to the TV cameras like moths to a flame. The way to change the country was by civilised dialogue; and he would mediate it, from the objective middle, if Americans wished him to.

Yet he was bothered by that. He regretted that Americans were so dependent on television, and on him, to explain the world. TV couldn't do it. All the words uttered in his evening newscast would not fill even the front page of the New York Times . He offered, in the end, just a headline service. Print alone gave the necessary depth of understanding.

His Walter Mitty dream, as he said once, was to take his boat and leave "the daily flow of this miserable world". He would stop attempting to make brisk order out of human affairs. Instead, he once told Sailing magazine, he might weigh anchor from the marshlands of South Carolin a :

you start a little before dawn. The first light. I like to do that anyway. The sawgrass rises to meet the day, standing straight up, the blades of sawgrass with dew on them sparkle. All through the marsh grass, the birds are rising …and a little fog rises, the morning fog, the haze, as the dew boils away. And through all of that the fishing boats…meandering through the marsh grass, captain of the sea.

Onne van der Wal

Renowned and award winning nautical photographer, Onne van der Wal (pronounced "Onn-A") has been shooting yachting photography for over 25 years. Once a professional sailor, Onne got his start in photography while sailing as bowman and engineer with the 1981-82 Dutch Whitbread Around the World Race Team on the winning boat, FLYER . When Onne returned from their circumnavigation, the press was eager to publish the many photos he had shot and he hasn't stopped shooting since.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame is pleased to offer this addition to our online Gallery Exhibition of American Sailing Photographers.

You can view the exhibit at our website, www.nshof.org.

Click here to visit the exhibit page .

July 21, 2009


Thursday, October 9 at 6:00 p.m. Friday, October 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Bow Tie Cinemas

Landmark Theatres - Harbor East

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Annapolis, MD – In cooperation with the Associated Marine Institutes (AMI), the National Hall of Fame will have the classic Sparkman & Stephens 58 foot yawl Windalier on display at the 2007 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, October 4-6.

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The National Sailing Hall of Fame will display the 58 foot yawl WINDALIERat the 2007 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Oct. 4-6.

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Annapolis, MD – MOUNT GAY RUM has had a long association with sailing dating back to the 17th Century. Gary Jobson has produced a short film glimpse, MOUNT GAY, Sailing & The Hat for the National Sailing Hall of Fame Virtual Film Library at www.nshof.org.

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