The National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Center, Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Hudson River Community Sailing are partnering to teach math and science through sailing in Anne Arundel County Public Schools to further develop an adaptive STEM-sailing model for use around the country.

Based on the premise that students would find math and science more interesting and less abstract if concepts were tied to the practical applications of sailing, Hudson River Community Sailing developed and implemented a successful afterschool accredited program in New York City.

Using that program as a format, the NSHOF and AACPS have begun developing a curriculum for teaching applied mathematics and science critical thinking through sailing to meet the needs of a pilot group of AACPS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students. The pilot materials and student achievement results will be added to the Hudson River Community Sailing data base to design an adaptive model for school and community use elsewhere. Interest has already been expressed in San Diego, CA and Nantucket, MA.

"This is a very exciting adventure that we are embarking upon, and we're thrilled to have the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Center and Hudson River Community Sailing as partners in this journey," said Dr. Maureen McMahan, Director of Advanced Studies for AACPS. "We fully expect this program will meet with the same successes as other STEM programs have."

Student activities have begun and will include a six-week STEM problem -based learning model, a two week STEM Summer Bridge Program and a yearlong AACPS Co-Curricular Sailing Club based on the math and science of sailing and sailing challenges beginning in October 2010.

Among the boats being utilized for the program are the replica 19th Century Sandbaggers BULL and BEAR on loan from the New Jersey based BULL and BEAR Sailing.

For Further Information:
Dr. Maureen McMahon, AACPS  

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April 2, 2010

The Board of the San Diego Yacht Club voted yesterday to become a Founding Member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Maryland.

San Diego Yacht Club joins several other prestigious yacht clubs in the United States, including New York Yacht Club, St. Francis Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club, Eastport (Annapolis) Yacht Club and Nantucket Yacht Club, in supporting the National Sailing Hall of Fame as it moves forward on plans for construction of a new facility on Annapolis City Dock, a place which will become "a home for the Sport of Sailing."

"The NSHOF will be a place where the public can see what the sport of sailing is all about," said SDYC Commodore Bill Campbell. "Through interactive access, yacht clubs all around the country will be able to tell their stories, with a focus on their contribution to American history and with programs run year-round, for junior sailors right through to America's Cup and Olympic veterans. San Diego Yacht Club considers itself one of the premier yacht clubs in the United States and as such feels it is of the utmost importance to support this new initiative and is therefore extremely proud to be a Founding Member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame."

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For Immediate Release:

February 24, 2010

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted unanimously today to lease to the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Center the Maryland Department of Natural Resources property adjacent to the U.S. Naval Academy and Annapolis City dock. The site will provide space for a national facility dedicated to sailing.

Plans include;

  • Working with Boggs & Partners architects to design a self reliant building using solar, wind and thermal energy and to redesign Prince George Street to incorporate a state of the art environmentally friendly storm water management system.
  • Teaching math and science through sailing. An accredited curriculum has been developed by Hudson River Community Sailing and will be distributed nationally. In addition, software which would permit users to design, test and sail their own boats is being developed. Utilizing 3D modeling, young and old can have a model of their design. Miniature test tanks and wind tunnels are also in the development phase.
  • Teaching American history, literature painting and music. America was shaped by explorers who raced to get here, men-of-war which raced to catch or elude one another, clipper ships which raced to get their products to port and waterman who raced to get to market. Sailing has informed and has been inextricably linked to American literature, history, music and painting.  Attention is also being focused on celebrated American sailors from Anne Morrow Lindbergh and General George Patton to John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Jimmy Buffett, Captain John Smith, and Walter Cronkite.
  • Teaching environmental stewardship. The Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific as well as lakes and rivers throughout America, provide the platform for those who sail and wish to sail to learn about their relationship to the sea.
  • Working with ESI Design, an innovative array of interactive state of the art exhibits and learning activities are being created, all designed to introduce visitors to the excitement, traditions, science, history and spirit of sailing. 
  • Continued public access to the docks with displays of classic boats, Free Sailing, Outdoor Film Festival of the Sea, regattas, and programs for the Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts and schools.  

“The National Sailing Hall of Fame and Sailing Center will be a national attraction that will strengthen our city's economy, inspire our children, and contribute to Annapolis's rich quality of life as America's Sailing Capital," said Mayor Josh Cohen.  “I thank the Board of Public Works for its support, and look forward to continuing to work with the Hall of Fame team to turn its vision into reality."

“Maryland is proud to be the home of this premier national facility, which will celebrate the heritage and legacy of the sport of sailing and connect people to nature and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

Gary Jobson, President of U.S. Sailing said “Sailing finally has a home- a unified place, a physical place bearing the history that reminds us what sailing in its many forms is all about.”

For More Information Contact:

Darlene Pisani, DNR at 410-260-8004
Lee Tawney, NSHOF at 410-952-3174

“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change - it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins, the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea — whether it is to sail or to watch it — we are going back to whence we came.”

— John F. Kennedy

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The board of directors of the St. Francis Yacht Club voted unanimously to become a Founding Member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Center.

St. Francis Yacht Club joins with the New York Yacht Club, Eastport Yacht Club, Annapolis Yacht Club and Nantucket Yacht Club as Founding Members.

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  • Purchase, in January, of the Phillips property to add to State property.
  • Offer by City of Annapolis to utilize Prince George Street as part of the  NSHOF site development.
  • Finalizing long term lease with the State of Maryland. 


  • Conceptual design and models for the site completed.
  • Initial meetings with Maryland Historic Trust, Annapolis Planning Commission, and Annapolis Planning Commission completed.
  • Animation of the site development completed.


  • Expansion of the Board of Directors to include people from Seattle, San Francisco New Orleans, Charleston, Baltimore, New York, Red Bank, NJ, and Milford, CT has been  completed.
  • Additional people to be identified from Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Florida, Boston and Marblehead.
  • The Mayor of Annapolis and President of U.S. Sailing will be Ex-Officio members of the Board.


  • Preliminary naming opportunities identified.
  • Campaign prospectus outlined.
  • Campaign to raise $1MM to name the Library in memory of Tom Morris underway.
  • Prospects developed.
  • Capital/Building Committee established.
  • Chairman of the Campaign identified.
  • Prospect calls underway.


  • 535 feet of newly constructed dock space with immediate access to Spa Creek, the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay.
  • Free public display at the Sailing Center of classic boats and environmental research vessels including among others:
  • Manitou, President John F. Kennedy, Sparkman & Stephens 62
  • When and If, General George Patton
  • Pride of Baltimore II, replica 19th  century Baltimore Topsail Schooner
  • Virginia, A replica Pilot Schooner
  • Sultana, A replica Topsail Schooner
  • Lady Maryland, A replica of a Chesapeake Bay Pungy Schooner
  • Adventurer, Cherubini 56
  • Elf, 1888 Lawley Topsail Sloop 30, 1888
  • John Smith Shallops
  • Windalier, Sparkman & Stephens 58, 1962
  • Sigsbee Chesapeake Bay Skipjack
  • Donnybrook, Custom racing vessel
  • Hurricane Island 30, Outward Bound Program
  • Rachel Carson, University of Maryland research vessel
  • Wyntje, Hinckley 64
  • Altair, Sparkman & Stephens 96
  • Chesapeake, Bristol 40
  • Hinkley Bermuda 40 50th Anniversary Rendezvous
  • U.S. Sailboat Show
  • Melges 24 World Championships
  • Free Sailing
  • In cooperation with Annapolis Community Boating and a consortium of local sailing groups, free sailing is being made available at the Sailing Center. Over 450 participants since April 19, 2009. Program will continue in 2010.
  • Programs for Boys & Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Public Schools
  • In cooperation with several youth organizations, the next generation of sailors is being introduced to the sport at the Sailing Center. 
  • Team Racing
  • Team Racing demonstrations are being staged at the Sailing Center.
  • SailBot Demonstrations
  • In cooperation with the U.S. Naval Academy Naval Architects and Systems Engineers, an annual demonstration of autonomous sailing craft at the Sailing Center.
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • In cooperation with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation distribution at the Sailing Center of information regarding Saving the Bay.
  • Partnership with Oyster Recovery Partnership established. Twenty oyster spat cages at the site. 
  • Class Rendezvous
  • Hosting class rendezvous at the Sailing Center.
  • B40 50th Anniversary, September 2, 2009 at the Sailing Center.
  • Annual St. John's College Sail
  • Annual St. John's College fall  sail from the Sailing Center.
  • Captain John Smith National Trail
  • Promotion at the Sailing Center of the historic water routes which traces the 1607-1609 Captain John Smith voyages to chart the land and waterways of the Chesapeake.
  • Captain John Smith shallop on display in 2010.
  • Capital Hill Regatta (In Planning)
  • A regatta involving present and former members of Congress, Congressional staff, Midshipman, regional sailors and junior sailors on U.S. Naval Academy boats.
  • Hall of Fame Regatta (In Planning)
  • Reestablishment the Hall of Fame Regatta.
  • Film Festival of the Sea (In Planning)
  • An outdoor summer Film Festival of the Sea screening classic movies at City Dock was held in September. Series being planned for July and August, 2010.
  • Outward Bound Spring Program (In Planning)
  • The Outward Bound Program is developing plans for a Spring Program at the Sailing Center. The Program was hosted in May 2009.
  • Susan Dierdorff Taylor, former Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, is volunteer Director of the Sailing Center.


  • Curriculum
  • In partnership with Hudson River Community Sailing working on the dissemination of the math and physics curriculum based on sailing developed by HRCS for the New York City Public Schools.
  • Discussions underway with Anne Arundel County Public Schools on linking sailing to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Program.
  • Design Software
  • A committe of naval architects from the U.S. Naval Academy and Farr Yacht design, as well as engineers from SAIC and Lockheed Martin are working on the development of software which would permit users to design, test and sail their own sailboat.


  • Sailing Resources Locator
  • Interactive U.S. Map of over 1,580 sailing programs state by state.
  • Film Library
  • A streamed collection of sailing films. Curated by Dan Walker.
  • Education
  • Links to U.S. Sailing, National Oceanic and Aeronautical Administration (NOAA), U.S. Naval Observatory, NASA and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
  • Information on the Gulf Stream and the Loop Current.
  • Galleries
  • Sailing in American Literature: Listing of sailing quotes from American writers such as Thoreau, Emerson, Twain, Barth, etc.
  • Photographic Exhibitions: Virtual exhibition of the photographs of Daniel Forester posted. Virtual exhibition of the photographs of Onne van der Waal to be posted July 2009.
  • Sailing in American Art: Virtual exhibition of sailing paintings from the National Gallery of Art. Curated by Wil Scott and Elizabeth Grazazioli. To be posted January 2010.
  • Sailing in American Music: Virtual streaming of sailing in American music. Curated by Kirby Scott. To be posted February 2010.
  • Celebrated American Sailors: Virtual exhibition of Americans such as Albert Einstein, John Kennedy, Alexander Graham Bell, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, George Patton, Walter Cronkite, John Smith, Errol Flynn, Jimmy Buffett and Franklin Roosevelt, among others. To be posted in 2010.
  • The New Yorker Sailing Covers Exhibit: Virtual exhibition of The New Yorker magazine covers featuring sailing themes from 1928 to present. To be posted April 2010. 
  • National Geographic Sailing Covers Exhibit: Virtual exhibition of National Geographic sailing covers. In planning phase. 
  • Sports Illustrated Sailing Covers Exhibit: Virtual exhibition of Sports Illustrated sailing covers. In planning phase. 
  • Book Reviews (In Planning)
  • A series of book reviews on former and recently published books on sailing.
  • Dan Walker is the Web-Master


  • YouTube
  • Site streams promotional film.
  • Facebook
  • Site launched.
  • Rob Morgan (Connecticut College '11) and Noah Robinson (Tabor Academy  '11) Network Managers.


  • Yacht Clubs are being invited to provide material for the NSHOF web-site. In development are streamed stories on the Annapolis Yacht Club, New York Yacht Club, Southern Yacht Club, San Diego Yacht Club and Grand Lake Yacht Club among others.
  • Traveling exhibitions of the sailing covers from The New Yorker, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated are being organized (would also include stops at the International Yacht Restoration School and Mystic Seaport).
  • Board Members George Hinman and John Beale are developing the effort.


  • A Community Council has been established to provide a structure for the NSHOF to hear from and communicate with the community.
  • The first meeting was held in September. The group will meet quarterly.


  • The Center is being established as an information hub, idea forum and testing lab where new developments in equipment design can be introduced, evaluated and tested.
  • The Steering Committee has been established and includes:
  • Lewis Peach (Convener), Former Director of Advanced Programs, NASA
  • Tony Gross; NASA Ames Research Center/American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
  • Jeff Hoffman,  MIT/Astronaut
  • Stan Honey, Team Origin
  • Bill Lasher, SC-2 Committee
  • Dave Newman, MIT/Circumnavigator
  • Pat Troutman, NASA Langley Research Center/Innovator
  • Britt Ward, Farr Yacht Design



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