About the National Sailing Hall of Fame

Mission Statement

The National Sailing Hall of Fame is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that promotes sailing by preserving America’s sailing legacy and engages the next generation by sharing the benefits, excitement and beauty of sailing.


We envision an America where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can participate in sailing and fully appreciate the life lessons it offers.


We believe that sailing teaches critical life skills, including athleticism, teamwork, leadership, self-reliance and responsibility.

We believe what you see on the water will change the way you see life on land.

We believe people who don’t sail are missing something.

We believe we can change that.

Strategy Statement

The National Sailing Hall of Fame promotes sailing by recognizing its heroes; highlighting sailing’s contribution to the American culture and experience; and demonstrating its value as a hands-on tool for teaching math & science. NSHOF’s facility provides a home for American sailing – a place where people can participate in on-the-water experiences and immerse themselves in sailing’s history, art and lore.

Public Support

The State of Maryland has provided the National Sailing Hall of Fame with 6,000 square-foot waterfront property and 300 feet of newly renovated dock space. The City of Annapolis has provided the riparian rights for 230 feet of newly renovated dock space, 5,000 square-feet of outdoor exhibition space, and $250,000.

Affiliations, Partners, Founding Members and Sponsors


NSHOF is guided by a Board of Directors, Honorary Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Board.


A landmark building with 530 feet of docks on the Annapolis waterfront adjacent to the United States Naval Academy. A public face for sailing in the fourth largest marketplace in the country and facility that enables NSHOF programs and outreach. With additional support from the private and public sectors there is an opportunity for the enhancement of the facilities.


NSHOF identifies and recognizes the heroes of the sport who provide aspiration for young people beginning to sail. By recognizing individual career achievements, we make relevant and essential the value and sportsmanship sailing promotes.

Sailing in the
American Experience

NSHOF provides a home for sailing that trumpets its achievements and inspires generations to excel on the water and serve the sport:

STEM Sailing:
Learning Math & Science Through Sailing

NSHOF develops rigorous academic programs that use sailing to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) in schools across the country. STEM Sailing program includes:

  • Distributing best practices and resources for teaching math and science through sailing

  • Created the National Learning Math & Science Consortium, composed of 100+ organizations

  • Partners with Anne Arundel County Public Schools to teach approved STEM courses in Navigation and the Science of Sailing in the classroom, for which students receive academic credit.

  • Also in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, teach a high school STEM Summer Bridge course, to enable STEM students to apply on the water what they have learned in class.

  • Conduct a summer Teacher Sailing Academy that gives educators an opportunity to learn how to sail, which simultaneously collaborating in developing new STEM curriclum for their classrooms.

  • Developing online course materials that enable educators to teach the physics, technology and engineering of sailing

On-Site Programs



In cooperation with US Sailing (the national governing body of sailing in the United States) provide space and interactive exhibitions featuring the Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year, Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year, and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailors, as well as Herreshoff Trophy Winners.



U.S. Naval Academy:

In cooperation with the U.S. Naval Academy, promotes the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame, the Interscholastic Sailing Hall of Fame, U.S. Naval Academy Visitor CenterU.S. Naval Academy Sailing, STEM Sailing, and Warrior Sailing.


MD DNR logo Maryland Department of Natural Resources:
Working with the Maryland Department of  Natural Resources Eyes on the Bay Program and Education Programs, MyDNR and Bay Game .
View a short DNR film in our film library.

Honorary Advisory Board

Morgan Freeman
  Honorary Advisory Board Chair
Walter Cronkite
  Honorary Advisory Board Chair
(September 14, 2006 - July 17, 2009)

Betsy Alison   US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Harry Anderson   Sailor
Ed Baird   Sailor
Janet Baxter   US Sailing
Bill Buchan   Sailor
John Burnham   YachtWorld.com
Malin Burnham   Sailor
Frank Butler   Catalina Yachts
Paul Cayard   Paul Cayard Sailing
Stephen Colbert   The Late Show
Steve Colgate   Offshore Sailing
Dave Curtis   Sailor
Mason Chrisman   Sailor
Dennis Conner   Dennis Conner Sailing
Bruce Farr   Farr Yacht Design
J.J. Fetter   Sailor
Paul Foerster   Sailor
Gilbert M. Grosvenor   National Geographic Society
Olaf Harken   Harken, Inc.
Peter Harken   Harken, Inc.
Sally Helme   The Sailing Company
Halsey C. Herreshoff   Herreshoff Marine Museum
Stan Honey   Sportvision
Terry Hutchinson   Sailor
Bob Johnstone   Sailor
Rod Johnstone   Sailor
Bruce Kirby   Bruce Kirby Marine
William I. Koch   Oxbow Corporation
John Kostecki   Sailor
Timmy Larr   Sailor
Geoff Mason   ESPN
Buddy Melges   Melges Performance Sailboats
Lowell North   North Sails
Bill Pinkney   Author
Ken Read   Sailor
Mark Reynolds   Sailor
Dawn Riley   Oakcliff Sailing Center
John Rousmaniere   Author
Frank Savage   Savage Holdings, LLC
Ted Turner   Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Dave Ullman   Ullman Sails
Stu Walker   Sailor, Author


Board of Directors

Gary Jobson President
Annapolis, MD
  Dick Franyo
Annapolis, MD
James P. Muldoon – Vice President
Washington, D.C.
  Terry D. Harper
Grand Junction, CO
Douglas L. Lashley – Secretary
Annapolis, MD
  David G. Houck
Annapolis, MD
J. Taran Teague – Treasurer
Annapolis, MD
  Reza Jafari
Annapolis, MD
Scott Allan
Annapolis, MD
  Trice Kilroy
Jamestown, RI
Arthur A. Birney
Washington, D.C.
  Philip A. Lotz
New York, NY
Bruce J. Burton
Detroit, MI
  Russell Lucas
Red Bank, NJ
Bill Campbell
San Diego, CA
  Byron F. Marchant
Washington, D.C.
Tarasa Davis
Atlanta, GA, Big Sur, CA
  Christopher L. Otorowski
Seattle, WA
Gustav Carlson
Bedford, NY
  Ewell C. Potts, III
New Orleans, LA
Dayton T. Carr
New York, NY / Newport, RI
  Andrew S. Rose
Newport Beach, CA
Posie Constable
New York, NY / Nantucket, MA
  Charles H. Townsend
New York, NY / Newport, RI
Douglas Croker
Easton, MD
  W. Crayton Walters III
Charleston, SC
C. Richard D’Amato
Annapolis, MD
Ex Officio:    
Gov. Larry Hogan
State of Maryland
Mike Pantelides
Mayor of Annapolis
Bruce Burton
President, US Sailing
Board Emeritus:   * Deceased
Gregory H. Barnhill *    
John S. Beale    
Mason R. Chrisman    
Steve Colgate    
George R. Hinman, Jr.    
Thomas P. Hubbell    
Sydney Johnson    
Bruce Munro    
H.P. (Sandy) Purdon    
William Torgerson    

Youth Advisory Board

Sally Barkow
Nashotah, WI
  Rome Kirby
Newport, RI
Allen H. Breed
Boston, MA
  Alice Manard Leonard
East Haven, CT
Andrew Campbell
San Diego, CA
  Duncan Megroz
San Francisco, CA
Nathaniel Clapp
Chicago, IL
  Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer
Stanford, CA
Debbie Capozzi
Bayport, NY
  Matthew H. Parker
Providence, RI
Amanda Clark
Shelter Island, NY
  Paige Railey
Clearwater, FL
Chrissy Coolidge - Chair
Menlo Park, CA
  Zach Railey
Clearwater, FL
Blythe Daly
New York, NY
  Stephanie Roble

Hilary Burt Davidson
New York, NY
  Antoine Savage
New York, NY
Alton J. Evans
Red Bank, NJ
  John Stakes
New York, NY
Charlotte Ferguson
San Francisco, CA
  Erik Storck
Huntington, NY
Liz Hall Gaston
Apex, NC
  Emily Taylor
Nantucket, MA
Farrah Hall
Annapolis, MD
  Genny Tulloch
Sausalito, CA
Kurt Kalberer
Newport, RI
  Anna Tunnicliffe
Plantation, FL
Cindy Keppel
San Francisco, CA
  RJ Wolney
Chicago, IL
Louisa Chafee
Warwick, RI


Lee Tawney
Executive Director
Sandy Sloan
Executive Assistant
Dan Walker , COREndurance
Kim Tobin, Eastport Design
Karen Morris, Morris Marketing Solutions
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Office Manager
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Administrative Assistant
Sam Healy
Gowrie Group Yacht Club Stories
Project Coordinator


Maria Museler
Classic Wooden Boat Rendezvous & Race
Tom Morris Library
Les Spanheimer
Recovering Warrior Sailing Squadron
Paul Bollinger
Annapolis Recovering Warrior Regatta
Mitch Shivers
Bay Head Yacht Club
Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta
Tom Gahs, Tom Price, Bill Hyland
and the Friends of Bull & Bear
BULL & BEAR Sailing


69 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410.295.3022 Toll-Free: 877.295.3022
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