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About the National Sailing Hall of Fame

Governance & Board of Directors

We are Sailors

We believe in the road less traveled, even if it isn’t a road at all.

We believe getting there isn’t half the fun; it’s all the fun.
We believe we could get where we’re going faster, but we wouldn’t be better when we got there.
We believe anything worth doing well isn’t for everyone.
We believe being different makes all the difference.
Pushing the limit is the norm, not the exception. 
And speaking another language brings us together – and yet sets us apart.
We believe that confidence is the true measure of wealth.
We believe the sea is fickle soul who will earn your respect.
We believe the stars in the night sky are there for a reason.
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.
We are sailors.  Join us.


Office and Operations

Heather Ruhsam
Skype: hruhsam

  Executive Director

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  Office Administrator  
Sam Healy

  Gowrie Group Yacht Club Stories Project Coordinator  


Maria Museler

  Tom Morris Library


Governance & Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Gustav "Gus" Carlson - President
Bedford, NY
  Tom Whidden - Vice President
Milford, CT
Douglas L. Lashley – Secretary
Severna Park, MD
  Jamie Hilton - Treasurer
Tiverton, RI
Bill Campell
San Diego, CA
  Dayton Carr
New York, NY/Newport, RI
Peggy Comfort
Newport, RI/Charleston,SC
  Charlie Dana
Newport, RI
Dick D'Amato
Annapolis MD
  David K. Elwell, Jr.
Newport, RI / Vero Beach, FL
Dick Franyo
Annapolis, MD
  Sally Helme
Middletown, RI
David G. Houck
Annapolis, MD
  Gary Jobson
Annapolis, MD
Pam Rorke Levy
San Francisco, CA
  Christopher L. Otorowski
Seattle, WA
Ewell C. Potts, III
New Orleans, LA
  Andy Rose
Newport Beach, CA
Art Santry
Arlington, VA
  W. Crayton Walters
Charleston, SC
Ex Officio:    
Cory Sertl
President, US Sailing

Board Emeritus


Gregory H. Barnhill *   * Deceased
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
East Troy, WI
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

Honorary Advisory Board

Betsy Alison
Adult Programs, US Sailing
  Harry Anderson
Ed Baird
  Janet Baxter
US Sailing
Bill Buchan
  John Burnham
Malin Burnham
  Frank Butler
Catalina Yachts
Paul Cayard
Paul Cayard Sailing
  Stephen Colbert
The Late Show
Steve Colgate
Offshore Sailing
  Dave Curtis
Mason Chrisman
  Dennis Conner
Dennis Conner Sailing
Bruce Farr
Farr Yacht Design
  J.J. Fetter
Paul Foerster
  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
  Terry Hutchinson
Bob Johnstone
  Rod Johnstone
Bruce Kirby
Bruce Kirby Marine
  William I. Koch
Oxbow Corporation
John Kostecki
  Timmy Larr
Geoff Mason
Mainstay Communications, Inc.
  Buddy Melges
Melges Performance Sailboats
Lowell North
North Sails
  Bill Pinkney
Ken Read
  Mark Reynolds
Dawn Riley
Oakcliff Sailing Center
  John Rousmaniere
Frank Savage
Savage Holdings, LLC
  Ted Turner
Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Dave Ullman
Ullman Sails

Public Support and Affiliations




  • 44 sailing organizations clubs from 20 states and 120 individuals are Founding Members.





Mission, Vision and Values

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 at the historic Newport Armory provides a home for American sailing – a place where people can immerse themselves in sailing’s history, art and lore.


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