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Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. since 1980, the Yachtsman of the Year award recognizes one male sailor for his individual outstanding on-the-water achievement within the calendar year; the Yachtswoman of the Year award recognizes one female sailor for her individual outstanding on-the-water achievement within the calendar year.

These prestigious awards are viewed by the sail-racing industry as among the nation's top sailing distinctions. A slate of nominees, determined by the membership of US SAILING, is presented to a panel of accomplished sailing journalists, who together discuss the merits of each nominee and then vote to determine the ultimate winners.



Johnstone, Rodney Stuart "Rod" - 2016 Hall of Fame
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Rodney Stuart "Rod" Johnstone

Rod-Johnstone-2016HallofFamer  

January 15, 1937
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey

 

“Half the pleasure of owning any boat is looking at it.”

About Performance

Rod Johnstone grew up sailing a homebuilt Lightning, then he raced Thistles, 505s, and 470s. He says they all had an influence on the lines he drew for the 24-footer that became J/Boats’ initial offering (J/24). But perhaps the biggest influence was a neighbor’s 30 square meter he was familiar with (LOA 43’ 6”; LWL 28’ 6”; BEAM 7’ 2”). In the mid-1970s, he took that boat to watch a New York Yacht Club reaching start in strong wind, sailing to leeward of four 12 Meters (Vim, Columbia, Easterner, and Weatherly) to observe their performance. “We just had our skinny little main up,” Johnstone recalls. “We were taking notes, and after 20 minutes, we realized we were keeping up with the 12s, doing 9 or 10 knots. We were planing! In those days, there were very few larger boats that planed.”

He went back to work on the 24-footer he was drawing, aiming for a keelboat that would plane and be stable. “Planing doesn’t rely on how fat the stern is,” Johnstone says. “It’s how flat the hull is ahead of the keel. The J/24 has dead rise, but heel it 15 degrees and it’s flat.”

 He had additional motivation for working on the 24-footer. During one very hot, light wind 470 regatta Johnstone sailed with his wife, Lucia, as crew, she lost her balance at one point. “I can’t recall what I said, but the word `elephant’ was used,” Johnstone says. “At the awards, she was smiling, but muttered she’d never set foot on the 470 again.”

 Rod shared the emphasis on performance with his brother Bob. “But a sailboat is a want, not a need,” he says. “Performance isn’t just speed, it’s about a boat doing what you want when you want to do it. Balance is key. It pleases me to know an average person can sail a boat of mine and get the same kick out of it that I do. A lot of non-racers sail our boats.”  

Rod’s son Alan has been chief designer at J/Boats since 1985. Sometimes they independently tackle a new design, then superimpose them on the CAD machine. The difference is often measured in millimeters. “Either I brainwashed him, or he brainwashed me,” Rod Johnstone says.

- Roger Vaughan


 Links of Interest:

J/24 Wikipedia Page

 The Sailboat Designs of Rod Johnstone by Year — SailboatData.com

"The Brothers Johnstone Launched a Success Story with Their J Boats" — Sports Illustrated

Rodney Johnstone, Designer / Naval Architect, J/Boats — SailingNetworks.com

"A Brand of Brothers" — Sail Magazine

"J Boats: Sailing to Success - A Family Affair" — Boats.com

"An Evening with Rod Johnstone: Sailing to Success" — WindCheck Magazine

"Growing the Sport with 'Perfect Sailboats'" — sailingscuttlebutt.com

Video: Rod Johnstone on 40 Years of J/Boats — talk at Mystic River Mudheads

 

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Back to the 2016 Hall of Famers

 
Daniella Moroz
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 2016

2016

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Photo credit: Michael Petrikov

 
Caleb Paine
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 2016

2016

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Photo credit: ©2016 Sailing Energy/World Sailing

 
2015 Rolex Yachtswoman & Yachtsman of the Year Awards

Join Gary Jobson at the New York Yacht Club to celebrate the 2015 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, as Steve Benjamin, a past Olympic medalist, and Annie Haeger, an Olympic hopeful, are presented the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards for 2015.

 

 
Anna Tunnicliffe
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 2011

Rolex-2011 Anna Tunnicliffe -Photo Credit - Tom O'Neal2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011

Anna Tunnicliffe

 
Anna Tunnicliffe
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 2010

Rolex-Anna Tunnicliffe-2010-Photo Credit - Dan Nerney2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011

Anna Tunnicliffe

 
Anna Tunnicliffe
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 2009

Rolex-Anna Tunnicliffe-2009-Photo Credit - Dan Nerney2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011

Anna Tunnicliffe

 
Anna Tunnicliffe
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 2008

Rolex-Anna Tunnicliffe-2008-Photo Credit - Dan Nerney2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011

Anna Tunnicliffe

 
JJ Isler
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 2000

1986 • 1991 • 1997 • 2000

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Betsy (Gelenitis) Alison
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1998

1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1993 • 1998

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JJ Isler
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1997

1986 • 1991 • 1997 • 2000

Rolex-JJ Isler 1986 1991 1997 2000JJ Isler

 
Betsy (Gelenitis) Alison
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1993

1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1993 • 1998

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JJ Isler
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1991

1986 • 1991 • 1997 • 2000

Rolex-JJ Isler 1986 1991 1997 2000JJ Isler

 
JJ Isler
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1986

1986 • 1991 • 1997 • 2000

Rolex-JJ Isler 1986 1991 1997 2000JJ Isler

 
Betsy Gelenitis
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1984

1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1993 • 1998

Rolex-Betsy Alison 1981 1982 1984 1993 1998Betsy Gelenitis

 
Betsy Gelenitis
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1982

1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1993 • 1998

Rolex-Betsy Alison 1981 1982 1984 1993 1998Betsy Gelenitis

 
Betsy Gelenitis
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1981

1981 • 1982 • 1984 • 1993 • 1998

Rolex-Betsy Alison 1981 1982 1984 1993 1998Betsy Gelenitis

 
Ted Turner
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1979

1970 • 1973 • 1977 • 1979

Rolex-Ted Turner 1970 1973 1977 1979Ted Turner

 
Ted Turner
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1977

1970 • 1973 • 1977 • 1979

Rolex-Ted Turner 1970 1973 1977 1979Ted Turner

 
Ted Turner
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1973

1970 • 1973 • 1977 • 1979

Rolex-Ted Turner 1970 1973 1977 1979Ted Turner

 
Ted Turner
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1970

1970 • 1973 • 1977 • 1979

Rolex-Ted Turner 1970 1973 1977 1979Ted Turner

 
June Methot
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1968

1968

Rolex-June Methot 1968June Methot

 
Lowell North
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1968

1968 • 1976

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Bus Mosbacher
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1967

1962  •  1967

Rolex-Bus Mosbacher 1962 1967Bus Mosbacher

 
Betty Foulk
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1967

1967

Rolex-Betty Foulk 1967Betty Foulk

 
Jerie Clark
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1966

1966

Rolex-Jerie Clark 1966Jerie Clark

 
Bill Cox
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1966

1966

Rolex-Bill Cox 1966Bill Cox

 
Timothea (Schneider) Larr
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1965

1961 • 1965

Rolex - Timothea (Schneider) LarrTimothea (Schneider) Larr

 
Dick Tillman
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1965

1965

Rolex-Dick Tillman 1965Dick Tillman

 
Bob Bavier
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1964

1964

Rolex-Bob Bavier 1964Bob Bavier

 
Jane Pegel
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1964

1964 • 1971 • 1972

Rolex-Jane Pegel 1964 1971 1972Jane Pegel

 
Leggie Mertz
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1963

1963

Rolex-Leggie Mertz 1963Leggie Mertz

 
Joe Duplin
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1963

1963

Rolex-Joe Duplin 1963Joe Duplin

 
Sue Sinclair
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1962

1962

Rolex-Sue Sinclair 1962Sue Sinclair

 
Bus Mosbacher
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1962

1962  •  1967

Rolex-Bus Mosbacher 1962 1967Bus Mosbacher

 
Buddy Melges
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1961

1961 • 1972 • 1978

Rolex-Buddy Melges 1961 1972 1978Buddy Melges

 
Timothea Schneider
Rolex Yachtsman & Yachtswoman of the Year - 1961

1961 • 1965

Rolex - Timothea (Schneider) LarrTimothea Schneider

 


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