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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The Class of 2016

Click here to visit the 2016 Hall of Famers home page , or click on any of the Inductees to go directly to their biography and other links of interest.


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Hall of Fame
2016

Ed Baird - 2016 Hall of Famer
Ed Baird

Malin Burnham - 2016 Hall of Famer
Malin Burnham
*
Bill Ficker - 2016 Hall of Famer Bill Ficker

Electa Johnson - 2016 Hall of Famer Exy Johnson

Irving Johnson - 2016 Hall of Famer Irving Johnson

Bob Johnstone - 2016 Hall of Famer Bob Johnstone

Rod Johnstone - 2016 Hall of Famer Rod Johnstone


Tom Perkins - 2016 Hall of Famer Tom Perkins
*

Dave - Ullman - 2016 Hall of Famer Dave Ullman

* Lifetime Achievement Award

The Class of 2016 Induction will be held on October 30, 2016 during a weekend of ceremonies at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California.

Click here for the Announcement press release (PDF). Click here for the Announcement press release (PDF).


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 STEM education using sailing as a model, and the role sailing plays in American history; inspiring and encouraging sailing development; and providing an international landmark for sailing enthusiasts.

Click here to read the bylaws and selection criteria used for this Class of 2016.



The Class of 2015

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Hall of Fame
2015

Steve Colgate Steve
Colgate
JJ Fetter
JJ
Fetter
Paul Foerster Paul
Foerster

Meade Gougeon
Meade
Gougeon
Jan Gougeon Jan
Gougeon
Sam Merrick
Sam
Merrick *
* Lifetime Achievement Award

The Class of 2015 Induction was held on October 4, 2015 during a weekend of ceremonies and youth educational events at the Bay Head and Toms River Yacht Clubs, both located on Barnegat Bay in New Jersey.



The Class of 2014

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Hall of Fame
2014

Harry Anderson - Dan Nerney photo Harry
Anderson, Jr.
NathanielBowditch Nathaniel
Bowditch

Carl Eichenlaub
Carl
Eichenlaub



Peter Harken
Peter
Harken

Olaf Harken Olaf
Harken

L. Francis Herreshoff
L. Francis
Herreshoff
Jim Kilroy Jim
Kilroy
*
George O'Day George
O'Day


* Lifetime Achievement Award

The Class of 2014 was inducted on September 28, 2014 during a weekend of ceremonies and youth educational events at the Bayview and Detroit Yacht Clubs in Detroit, Michigan.



The Class of 2013

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Hall of Fame
2013

John Gale Alden
John Gale
Alden
Tom Blackaller
Tom
Blackaller

William Eastman Buchan-thmb
Bill
Buchan

Willliam Starling Burgess
W. Starling
Burgess
Frank Butler
Frank
Butler
Runyon Colie Jr.
Runnie
Colie, Jr.
David Curtis
Dave
Curtis
Timmy Larr
Timmy
Larr
Morris Rosenfeld-thmb
Morris
Rosenfeld
StuartWalker-thmb
Stu
Walker

The Class of 2013 was inducted on October 27, 2014 during a weekend of ceremonies and youth educational events at the National Sailing Hall of Fame and Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland.



The Class of 2012

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Hall of Fame
2012

Peter J. Barrett
Peter Barrett
Robert Newton Bavier, Jr. >
Bob Bavier, Jr.
F. Gregg Bemis
F. Gregg Bemis
Stanley K. Honey
Stan Honey
Bruce Robert Williams Kirby, Jr.
Bruce Kirby
John Paul Kostecki
John Kostecki
Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds
Roderick "Rod" Stephens, Jr.
Rod Stephens, Jr.
John Cox Stevens
John Cox Stevens

The Class of 2012 was inducted on October 14, 2014 during a weekend of ceremonies and youth educational events at the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, Louisianna.



The Class of 2011

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Hall of Fame
2011

Betsy Alison
Betsy Alison



Hobie Alter Hobie Alter


Charlie Barr Charlie Barr


Paul Cayard
Paul Cayard


Dennis Conner
Dennis
Conner
Nathanael Herreshoff Nathanael Herreshoff Ted Hood
Ted Hood


Gary Jobson Gary Jobson

Buddy Melges Buddy Melges

Bus Mosbacher Bus
Mosbacher
Lowell North Lowell North

Joshua Slocum Joshua Slocum

Olin Stephens Olin Stephens

Ted Turner Ted Turner

Harold Vanderbilt Harold
Vanderbilt

The Inaugural class of inductees to the National Sailing Hall of Fame, the Class of 2011 was inducted on October 23, 2014 during a weekend of ceremonies at the San Diego Yacht Club in San Diego, California.



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