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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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.

If you prefer to mail in your donation, you can click here to download and print the donation form.

Thank you for your consideration.

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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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