The ceremony, which will be moved around the country each year, was held at the San Diego Yacht Club over the weekend and honored a group that has truly made an enormous impact in the sailing world.
The list of inaugural inductees included US SAILING Disabled Sailing Team Coach and five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Alison (Newport, RI); surfboard industry pioneer Hobie Alter (California); 1998 Whitbread Round the World Race winning skipper Paul Cayard (Kentfield, CA); four-time America’s Cup winning skipper Dennis Conner (San Diego, CA); naval architect and America’s Cup winning skipper Ted Hood (Portsmouth, RI); sailor, author and Emmy-award winning sailing commentator Gary Jobson (Annapolis, MD); 1972 Soling Olympic Gold Medalist Buddy Melges (Zenda, WI); 1968 Star Olympic Gold Medalist and founder of North Sails Lowell North (San Diego, CA); and America’s Cup winning helmsman and four-time Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Ted Turner (Atlanta, GA).
Additional posthumous inductees included Transatlantic Race record setter Capt. Charles “Charlie” Barr (Marblehead, MA); naval architect Capt. Nathanael G. Herreshoff (Bristol, RI); two-time America’s Cup winning skipper Emil “Bus” Mosbacher (Greenwich, CT); the first-ever singlehanded circumnavigator and noted writer Joshua Slocum (San Francisco, CA); yacht designer Olin Stephens (Hanover, NH); and three-time America’s Cup winning skipper Harold S. Vanderbilt (New York, NY).
For more information on the National Sailing Hall of Fame, go to www.nshof.org.