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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. NSHOF’s facility provides a home for American 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’s enhancement of its current headquarters will require the services of qualified firms in a variety of real estate, architecture and construction fields. Requests for Proposal and other information can be found here:    

RFP & Solicitations DropBox folder


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 Late Show
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
  Terry D. Harper
Grand Junction, CO
James P. Muldoon  Vice President
Washington, D.C.
  David G. Houck
Annapolis, MD
Douglas L. Lashley – Secretary
Annapolis, MD
  Reza Jafari
Annapolis, MD
J. Taran Teague – 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
Tarasa Davis
Atlanta, GA, Big Sur, CA
  Christopher L. Otorowski
Seattle, WA
Gustav Carlson
Bedford, NY
  Ewell C. Potts, III
New Orleans, LA
Dayton T. Carr
New York, NY / Newport, RI
  Andrew S. Rose
Newport Beach, CA
Posie Constable
New York, NY / Nantucket, MA
 Charles H. Townsend
New York, NY / Newport, RI
Douglas Croker
Easton, MD
  W. Crayton Walters III
Charleston, SC
C. Richard D’Amato
Annapolis, MD
  W. Crayton Walters III
Charleston, SC
Dick Franyo
Annapolis, MD
Ex Officio:    
Gov. Larry Hogan
State of Maryland
Mike Pantelides
Mayor of Annapolis
Bruce Burton
President, US Sailing
Board Emeritus:   * Deceased
Gregory H. Barnhill *    
John S. Beale    
Mason R. Chrisman    
Steve Colgate
George R. Hinman, Jr.    
Thomas P. Hubbell
Sydney Johnson    
H.P. (Sandy) Purdon    
William Torgerson

Youth Advisory Board

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


Lee Tawney
Executive Director
Sandy Sloan
Executive Assistant
Dan Walker, COREndurance
Communications Director
Kim Tobin, Eastport Design


Maria Museler
Classic Wooden Boat Rendezvous & Race
Tom Morris Library
Les Spanheimer & Jonathan Calhoun
Recovering Warrior Sailing Squadron
Paul Bollinger
Annapolis Recovering Warrior Regatta
Mitch Shivers
Bay Head Yacht Club Recovering Warrior Sailing Regatta
Tom Gahs, Tom Price, Bill Hyland
and the Friends of Bull & Bear
BULL & BEAR Sailing
Sam Healy
Gowrie Group Yacht Club Stories Project Coordinator
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