For Immediate Release

November 8th, 2022

From top left (moving left to right descending): Ed Adams, Absalom Boston, Doris Colgate, Roy E. Disney (Lifetime Achievement), Bruce Farr OBE, Garry Hoyt, Terry Kohler (Lifetime Achievement), Bill Lee, Jonathan McKee, Lin & Lawerence Pardey, Nick Scandone, Frances Wakeman (Lifetime Achievement).

Newport, R.I. – The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced today the induction of thirteen sailors during its 12th ceremony, held November 5, 2022 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Class of 2022 includes:

“These are exceptional sailors and equally exceptional people whose contributions to the sport span more than 200 years,” said Gus Carlson, president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame. “Through their accomplishments, they provide inspiration to all who have known them and know about them and to generations of sailors to come. With this year’s class, the National Sailing Hall of Fame is now 114 inductees strong. We are thrilled to welcome them to the family and delighted that we can celebrate them in our wonderful new home, the Sailing Museum, which opened its doors to the public in May.”

“The National Sailing Hall of Fame recognizes excellence in competition, innovative creativity and contributions to the sport, as well as a lifetime of achievement and service,” said Gary Jobson, Hall of Famer and Board Member. “We have a full roster of inductees this year and every one has a very different story. They are all deserving of this honor and we congratulate them all.”

“Recognizing sailors who history would otherwise forget is notable and laudable and critical to sailing’s strength. As we try to grow our sport beyond its current bounds, promoting the extraordinary careers of historic figures who might otherwise fade from history is as essential as it is courageous. We want people who are considering sailing to see people who look like them being appreciated and honored by the pinnacle of the sport, The National Sailing Hall of Fame.” –Richard Jepsen, President, US Sailing

The members of the Class of 2022 join 101 current National Sailing Hall of Famers, all of whom are featured in the Legends of Sailing exhibition at The Sailing Museum, which recently opened in Newport. An interactive experience will share their photos, career highlights and quotes from the legends themselves. 2022 marks the twelfth year of annual induction to the National Sailing Hall of Fame. For more on the inductees, please visit:

Providing introductory and congratulatory remarks, US Sailing President Richard Jepsen welcomed inductees and guests. As they took the podium to accept their honors, each of the inductees expressed their gratitude, thanked those who inspired and supported them throughout their careers, recognized the achievements of those who came before them and illustrated what it means to be part of the great sport of sailing. Remarks from inductees’ acceptance speeches are available upon request.

The inductees were nominated by sailors from across the United States. Nominations were reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of representatives from the NSHOF Board, previous inductees, the sailing media, the sailing industry, community sailing, a maritime museum, the cruising community and US Sailing. Nominations are accepted year-round at The deadline for Class of 2023 nominees is January 31.

Nominees must be American citizens, 55 years of age or older, who have made a sustained and significant impact on the growth and development of the sport in the United States at a national or international level in the following categories:

Nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award must be American citizens, 55 years of age or older, who have achieved success in sailing and outside of sailing and have given back to the sport in some significant manner. Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are selected by the NSHOF Board of Directors.


About National Sailing Hall of Fame:

The National Sailing Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 as a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving the history of sailing and its impact on American culture; honoring those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport; demonstrating its value as a hands-on tool for scholastic and life skills learning; and inspiring and encouraging sailing development and participation. The members of the National Sailing Hall of Fame are celebrated in The Sailing Museum located in Newport, RI.

© Dan Nerney