Class of 2015

Stephen “Steve” Colgate

Steve Colgate

“Every time I am on the water I learn something new.”

June 25, 1935
Birthplace: New York, New York

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I hope you will consider contributing this year. Complete the form below to donate now and help us continue to celebrate the heroes of our sport.

Your Annual Giving gift supports the National Sailing Hall of Fame’s Four Pillars:

• The Hall of Fame Inductions
     …held annually in the Fall at yacht clubs around the nation.

• STEM Sailing 
     …offering the opportunity for students to sail, learn math and science and receive academic credit.

• Sailing in the American Experience 
     …virtual exhibitions showcasing sailing's contributions to American art & culture, including "Sailing Covers from New Yorker Magazine."

• On-Site Programs 
     …including the Recovering Warrior Regattas, BULL & BEAR sailing, and more.

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Jennifer Anne "JJ" Fetter

JJ Fetter

“I was in the right place at the right time.”

December 1, 1963
Birthplace: La Jolla, California

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Paul Jeffrey Foerster

Paul Foerster

“It was nice to finally go out on top.”

November 19, 1963
Birthplace: Rangely, Colorado

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Jan Clover Gougeon

Jan Gougeon

“My interest in boats goes back a long way."

August 7, 1945 – December 18, 2012
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan

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Meade Alger Gougeon

Meade Gougeon

“People started buying epoxy from us. I could see a need for the product.”

September 25, 1938 - August 27, 2017
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan

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Samuel Vaughn “Sam” Merrick

Sam Merrick

“Where's Stuart?”

March 24, 1914 - April 17, 2000
Birthplace: Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania


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The Class of 2015


Hall of Fame

Steve Colgate Steve
JJ Fetter
Paul Foerster Paul

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

The Class of 2015 Induction was held on October 4, 2015 during a weekend of ceremonies at the Bay Head Yacht Club in Bay Head, New Jersey. Click here for the Induction press release (PDF).

Left to Right: 1st row: JJ Fetter, Meade Gougeon (accepting for both himself and brother Jan Gougeon), Steve Colgate. 2nd row: Gregory Merrick (accepting for his father, Sam Merrick), Paul Foerster. Click on image for high-resolution image.

VIDEO - Salute to the Class of 2015



VIDEO - 2015 Induction Ceremony

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 for the Announcement press release (PDF).

Click here to read the bylaws and selection criteria used for this Class of 2015.

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2015 - Additional Acknowledgements




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