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Mission Statement

The National Sailing Hall of Fame promotes sailing by preserving America’s sailing legacy and engages the next generation by sharing the benefits, excitement and beauty of sailing.


We envision an America where people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can participate in sailing and fully appreciate the life lessons it offers.


We believe that sailing teaches critical life skills, including athleticism, teamwork, leadership, self-reliance and responsibility.

We believe what you see on the water will change the way you see life on land.

We believe people who don’t sail are missing something.

We believe we can change that.

Strategy Statement

The National Sailing Hall of Fame promotes sailing by recognizing its heroes; highlighting sailing’s contribution to the American culture and experience; and demonstrating its value as a hands-on tool for teaching math & science providing. NSHOF’s facility provides a home for sailing – a place where people can participate in on-the-water experiences and immerse themselves in sailing’s history, art and lore.

Public Support

The State of Maryland has provided the National Sailing Hall of Fame with 6,000 square-foot waterfront property and 300 feet of newly renovated dock space. The City of Annapolis has provided the riparian rights for 230 feet of newly renovated dock space, 5,000 square-feet of outdoor exhibition space, and $250,000.

Affiliations, Partners, Founding Members and Sponsors


NSHOF is guided by a Board of Directors, Honorary Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Board.


A landmark building with 530 feet of docks on the Annapolis waterfront adjacent to the United States Naval Academy. A public face for sailing in the fourth largest marketplace in the country and facility that enables NSHOF programs and outreach. With additional support from the private and public sectors there is an opportunity for the enhancement of the facilities.


NSHOF identifies and recognizes the heroes of the sport who provide aspiration for young people beginning to sail. By recognizing individual career achievements, we make relevant and essential the value and sportsmanship sailing promotes.

Sailing in the
American Experience

NSHOF provides a home for sailing that trumpets its achievements and inspires generations to excel on the water and serve the sport:

STEM Sailing: Learning Math & Science Through Sailing

NSHOF develops rigorous academic programs that use sailing to teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) in schools across the country. STEM Sailing program includes:

  • Distributing best practices and resources for teaching math and science through sailing

  • Created the National Learning Math & Science Consortium composed of 100+ organizations

  • Developing an Educator DigiCourse that will enable educators to teach the physics, technology and engineering of sailing

On-Site Programs



In cooperation with US Sailing (the national governing body of sailing in the United States) provide space and interactive exhibitions featuring the Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year, Rolex Yachtswomen of the Year, and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailors, as well as Herreshoff Trophy Winners.

U.S. Naval Academy:

In cooperation with the U.S. Naval Academy promote the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame, the Interscholastic Sailing Hall of Fame, U.S. Naval Academy Visitor Center, and U.S. Naval Academy Sailing.

In Association With:

Mystic Seaport Logo Mystic Seaport Museum:
In cooperation with Mystic Seaport Museum
Sailing World

Sailing World:
In cooperation with Sailing World provide space and interactive exhibitions featuring their Hall of Fame.
MD DNR logo Maryland Department of Natural Resources:
Working with the Maryland Department of  Natural Resources Eyes on the Bay Program and Education Programs, MyDNR and Bay Game.
View a short DNR film in our film library.
U.S. Sailboat Show

United States Yacht Shows:
Working with the United States Sailboat Show to promote sailing.

Honorary Advisory Board

Morgan Freeman   Honorary Advisory Board Chair
Walter Cronkite   Honorary Advisory Board Chair
(September 14, 2006 - July 17, 2009)
Betsy Alison
  US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Harry Anderson   Sailor
Ed Baird   Sailor
Janet Baxter   US Sailing
Bill Buchan   Sailor
John Burnham   YachtWorld.com
Frank Butler   Catalina Yachts
Paul Cayard   Paul Cayard Sailing
Stephen Colbert   The Colbert Report
Dave Curtis   Sailor
Mason Chrisman   Sailor
Dennis Conner   Dennis Conner Sailing
Bruce Farr   Farr Yacht Design
Gilbert M. Grosvenor   National Geographic Society
Olaf Harken   Harken, Inc.
Peter Harken   Harken, Inc.
Sally Helme   The Sailing Company
Halsey C. Herreshoff   Herreshoff Marine Museum
Stan Honey   Sportvision
Terry Hutchinson   Sailor
Bruce Kirby   Bruce Kirby Marine
Jim Kilroy   Sailor
William I. Koch   Oxbow Corporation
John Kostecki   Sailor
Timmy Larr   Sailor
Geoff Mason   ESPN
Buddy Melges   Melges Performance Sailboats
Lowell North   North Sails
Bill Pinkney   Author
Ken Read
Mark Reynolds   Sailor
Dawn Riley   Oakcliff Sailing Center
John Rousmaniere   Author
Frank Savage   Savage Holdings, LLC
Ted Turner
  Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Stu Walker   Sailor, Author

Board of Directors

Gary Jobson - President
Annapolis, MD
  Reza Jafari
Annapolis, MD
James P. Muldoon - Vice President
Washington, D.C.
  Sydney McNiff Johnson
Washington, D.C.
Douglas L. Lashley – Secretary/Treasurer
Annapolis, MD
  Trice Kilroy
Jamestown, RI
Scott Allan
Annapolis, MD
  Philip A. Lotz
New York, NY
Arthur A. Birney
Washington, D.C.
  Russell Lucas
Red Bank, NJ
Bruce J. Burton
Detroit, MI
  Byron F. Marchant
Washington, D.C.
Bill Campbell
San Diego, CA
  Bruce Munro
San Francisco, CA
Gustav Carlson
Bedford, NY
  Christopher L. Otorowski
Seattle, WA
Dayton T. Carr
New York, NY / Newport, RI
  Ewell C. Potts, III
New Orleans, LA
Posie Constable
New York, NY / Nantucket, MA
  Andrew S. Rose
Newport Beach, CA
Douglas Croker
Easton, MD
  Charles H. Townsend
New York, NY / Newport, RI
C. Richard D’Amato
Annapolis, MD
  W. Crayton Walters III
Charleston, SC
Dick Franyo
Annapolis, MD
  Tom Whidden
Milford, CT
Terry D. Harper
Grand Junction, CO

Ex Officio:    
Gov. Larry Hogan
State of Maryland
Mike Pantelides
Mayor of Annapolis
Thomas Hubbell
Pres., US Sailing
Board Emeritus:   * Deceased
Gregory H. Barnhill *    
John S. Beale    
Mason R. Chrisman    
George R. Hinman, Jr.    
H.P. (Sandy) Purdon    

Youth Advisory Board

Sally Barkow
Nashotah, WI
  Rome Kirby
Newport, RI
Allen H. Breed
Boston, MA
  Alice Manard Leonard
East Haven, CT
Andrew Campbell
San Diego, CA
  Duncan Megroz
San Francisco, CA
Nathaniel Clapp
Chicago, IL
  Trevor Oakley Moore
Naples, FL
Debbie Capozzi
Bayport, NY
  Joe Morris
Annapolis, MD
Amanda Clark
Shelter Island, NY
  Matthew H. Parker
Providence, RI
Chrissy Coolidge - Chair
Menlo Park, CA
  Paige Railey
Clearwater, FL
Blythe Daly
New York, NY
  Zach Railey
Clearwater, FL
Hilary Burt Davidson
New York, NY
  Antoine Savage
New York, NY
Alton J. Evans
Red Bank, NJ
  John Stakes
New York, NY
Charlotte Ferguson
San Francisco, CA
  Erik Storck
Huntington, NY
Anna Tunnicliffe Funk
Plantation, FL
  Emily Taylor
Nantucket, MA
Liz Hall Gaston
Apex, NC
  Genny Tulloch
Sausalito, CA
Farrah Hall
Annapolis, MD
  Molly O'Bryan Vandemoer
Stanford, CA
Kurt Kalberer
Newport, RI
  RJ Wolney
Chicago, IL
Cindy Keppel
San Francisco, CA


Lee Tawney
Executive Director
Sandy Sloan
Executive Assistant
Dan Walker, COREndurance
Online Content Development & Social Media
Kim Tobin, Eastport Design


Maria Museler
Classic Wooden Boat Rendezvous & Race
Tom Morris Library
Les Spanheimer & Jonathan Calhoun
Wounded Warrior Sailing Squadron
Paul Bollinger
Annapolis Wounded Warrior Regatta
Mitch Shivers
Bay Head Yacht Club Wounded Warrior Regatta
Tom Gahs, Tom Price, Bill Hyland, Holly Vrotsos
and the Friends of Bull & Bear

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