Class of 2017

William Bruce "Bill" Bentsen

Bill Bentsen 2017HallofFamer web

“Share your ideas with other competitors and they will usually do the same.”

February 18, 1930 –
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

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Charles Raymond “Ray” Hunt

Ray Hunt 2017HallofFamer web Photo cMystic Seaport Rosenfeld Collection

Photo © Mystic Seaport Rosenfeld Collection

“I ought to be able to design racing boats that wouldn’t be so darned expensive.”

May 17, 1908 — August 30, 1978
Birthplace: Somerville, Massachusetts

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William Carl “Bill” Martin

Bill Martin 2017HallofFamer web

“When you make a deal, leave something on the table for everybody.”

September 6, 1940 —
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan


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Clark Wilbur “Clarkie” Mills

Clark Mills 2017HallofFamer web

“Just because the boats look stupid don’t mean nothing.”

January 28, 1915 – December 11, 2001
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan

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Robert Staunton “Robby” Naish

Robby Naish 2017 Hall of Famer,  Photo Craig Kolesky Red Bull Content Pool

Photo Craig Kolesky Red Bull Content Pool

“I love the freedom of the sport, there are no rules.”

April 22, 1963 —
Birthplace: La Jolla, California

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Cornelius “Corny” Shields

Corny Shields 2017HallofFamer web

“A great deal of my best instruction I learned from juniors and beginners.”

April 7, 1895 – October 15, 1981
Birthplace: Canada


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Randolph Lyle “Randy” Smyth

Randy Smyth 2017HallofFamer web

“Speed makes you look good.”

July 7, 1954 –
Birthplace: Pasadena, California

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Thomas Avery “Tom” Whidden II

Tom Whidden 2017HallofFamer web

“My business is sailmaking, and my passion is sailing.”

September 24, 1947
Birthplace: New York, New York

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